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Research papers, 2009-2010

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  • 1. Online searching Your guide to databases and Internet tools Ms. Emili 2009-2010 school year
  • 2. Field Guide to Search Tools: Databases
    • Databases: “Warehouses” of information: magazine, journal, newspaper articles
      • Subscription PAID FOR BY DISTRICT
      • Ex: Facts on File, Ebsco
    • When to use:
      • ALWAYS have good information
      • HINT: “Text citation”
  • 3. Accessing Our Databases
    • Teacher/Student Share
    • Research Links
    • EBSCO or Facts on File
  • 4. Field Guide to Search Tools: Subject Directories
    • Subject directories: catalogs of websites collected, maintained and organized by HUMANS
    • HINT: tree (main categories branch out into subtopics)
    • Ex: Internet Public Library ( http://www.ipl.org/ )
    • When to use :
      • When you know your topic and want to get to good sites quickly
      • When you want to avoid all the “noise” of search engines
      • When you’re having trouble finding reliable sources of online info
  • 5. Subject Directories: Pros and Cons
    • Pros
      • Information you can trust
        • selective
      • NOT overwhelming: may only be a few sites on your topic
      • Can be used as a “springboard” to finding more good sites
    • Cons
      • Limited number of results
      • May be too specific or too broad
      • Search box will only search within that site
  • 6. A field guide to search tools: Search Engines
    • Search engines : large databases of Web pages, gathered automatically. Rely on robots, spiders crawlers to get results.
      • Ex. Google, Bing
  • 7. Search Engines: Pros and Cons
    • Pros
      • Easy to use
      • “ Intuitive”
      • Lots of results
      • Ranked by most popular
    • Cons
      • Lots of results
        • Overwhelming number (needle in a haystack)
        • “ noise” distracts from real results
      • Paid-for sponsored sites
  • 8. Pre-search
    • Organize your ideas BEFORE you start searching!!
    • Use your research questions/outlines!
    • Come up with key words to search
  • 9. Web search in Plain English
    • http://www.commoncraft.com/search
  • 10. Good searchers…
    • PRE-SEARCH
    • EXPLORE their options
    • Search SPECIFICALLY
    • Use EXACT phrases
    • Use ADVANCED SEARCH
  • 11.