Essential Research Skills July 12 th and 13 th , 2010 Cuyahoga Community College
Who wrote the information?
Why should you believe them?
Can they prove their “facts” to you?
When did they publish their information?
Can you call them and ask for more details?
Does the website have unnecessary advertisements?
Needle in a haystack
Quality vs. Junk
Pop Up Windows
Out of Date
Toll Free Telephones
No pop ups
Dated / currency of content.
The Web These are great tools, but they are supported by multi-million dollar marketing budgets designed to make YOU think that they provide access to everything at once, for free. Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and Ask DO NOT CARE about you, your grades, or your questions.
“ You get what you pay for”
The free web searches free content.
This can result in excellent information.
.org, .gov, .edu
This can result in total nonsense.
Libraries pay for the information that they collect.
Web vs. Library
On your own
Tons of waste mixed amongst a few gems
Does not care for you
Free stuff of varying authority.
Uses your search to record marketing data.
Access to professional research
Private / confidential
Citations (APA Style)
Cite your work to show the teacher exactly what you found and where you found it.