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Research papers, 2009-2010

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    • Online searching Your guide to databases and Internet tools Ms. Emili 2009-2010 school year
    • 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”
    • Accessing Our Databases
      • Teacher/Student Share
      • Research Links
      • EBSCO or Facts on File
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Pre-search
      • Organize your ideas BEFORE you start searching!!
      • Use your research questions/outlines!
      • Come up with key words to search
    • Web search in Plain English
      • http://www.commoncraft.com/search
    • Good searchers…
      • PRE-SEARCH
      • EXPLORE their options
      • Search SPECIFICALLY
      • Use EXACT phrases
      • Use ADVANCED SEARCH
    •