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Finding Good
Websites
with Google
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First, let’s conduct an experiment

Found at http://seattletimes.com/special/mlk/

Say, you’re doing resea...
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Searching for a Martin
Luther King Jr. biography

 You type in “martin luther king”

thinking you’ll be ab...
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Results for “martin luther king”
 The first hit,
Wikipedia, is okay
but it’s not a good
source to cite in ...
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martinlutherking.org
This is a
.org site
and even
has his
name in
the web
address.

Seems
perfect…
right?
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Wrong!
Once you look at the
page, several items
suddenly look
suspicious and you
realize the site
provides ...
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Who is behind the site?
 Sometimes it is not easy
to know.
 Look for an “About Us”
or similar link on the...
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Who is behind the site?
 Scroll through the
information, you will see
the site is owned by
Don Black, a me...
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How Google Ranks Its Results
Google uses several things to rank their results…
 Google’s PageRank systemme...
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Better Google results

Let’s find sites written by experts.
Use “site:” to narrow results just to
the type ...
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Using ‘martin luther king’ as our search
keywords, search for types of sites.
Some good results are:
 gove...
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Use Boolean tools to refine your search
…Part One
Exact phrase
Search an exact phrase by putting words in
q...
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Use Boolean tools to refine your search
…Part 2
Not
Not eliminates an idea from a search. The ‘not’ in Goog...
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Can I Use Wikipedia?
Wikipedia can be helpful with your research,
if used in the right way.

Wikipedia Can ...
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Wikipedia Should
NOT be Used for…

http://ohinternet.com/Wikipedia

 Citing in a scholarly
research paper
...
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Where can I find
the References in
Wikipedia?

Not all of these will
be reliable, but there
will be a lot o...
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4 Tips to Evaluate
Websites
1.Look for the person
or organization who
created the site.
Research the author...
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4 Tips to Evaluate
Websites…
2. See if the website
expresses only one
side of an argument.
Bi...
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4 Tips to Evaluate
Websites…
3. Look to see if the
website cites any
other sources.
If no sources are
cited...
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4 Tips to Evaluate
Websites…
4. Look for a date
of publication
or an update
Outdated
informat...
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Reliable alternatives to Google…
•ipl2.org: Internet Public Library only presents sites
selected by experts...
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Need photos, audio or video for
your presentation or projects
Try search.creativecommons.org where you can ...
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Don’t Forget!
Through your MC3 Libraries website you can
access to hundreds of reliable, scholarly
resource...
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Let’s Review!
Please click on the correct answer to move to the next page:

Question #1: What is NOT one wa...
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Correct!
A title may not truly match the content of a site. It is best to read through the
actual content a...
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Incorrect
Return to Question 1
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Let’s Review!
Please click on the correct answer to move to the next page:

Question #2: What is something ...
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Correct!
Wikipedia is great for finding other scholarly resources on a topic, but it
should not be cited as...
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Incorrect
Return to Question 2
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Let’s Review!
Please click on the correct answer to move to the next page:

Question #3: Which of the follo...
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Correct!
And, Or, and Not are the boolean operators to help you combine terms,
choose one of several terms,...
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Incorrect
Return to Question 3
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Let’s Review!
Please click on the correct answer to move to the next page:

Question #4: Your MC3 Library r...
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Correct!
Your MC3 Library is the best place to find reliable, scholarly
resources you can trust to help you...
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Incorrect
Return to Question 4
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(215) 641-6594
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  1. 1. MC3 Libraries Finding Good Websites with Google
  2. 2. MC3 Libraries First, let’s conduct an experiment Found at http://seattletimes.com/special/mlk/ Say, you’re doing research on Martin Luther King Jr. Will Google help you find good information? Let’s find out!
  3. 3. MC3 Libraries Searching for a Martin Luther King Jr. biography  You type in “martin luther king” thinking you’ll be able to find tons of information on him  Lets look at the results…
  4. 4. MC3 Libraries Results for “martin luther king”  The first hit, Wikipedia, is okay but it’s not a good source to cite in a paper.  The second hit on Nobel prize winners might be good, but it may not have enough info.  Wait… the third link looks really good…
  5. 5. MC3 Libraries martinlutherking.org This is a .org site and even has his name in the web address. Seems perfect… right?
  6. 6. MC3 Libraries Wrong! Once you look at the page, several items suddenly look suspicious and you realize the site provides blatantly false information. Who made this site and how did it show up in our search?!?
  7. 7. MC3 Libraries Who is behind the site?  Sometimes it is not easy to know.  Look for an “About Us” or similar link on the page.  If that does not provide enough information, try a “WhoIs” search.  Go to networksolutions. com/whois and type in the web address.
  8. 8. MC3 Libraries Who is behind the site?  Scroll through the information, you will see the site is owned by Don Black, a member of an organization named Stormfront.  Google both and you will find that this site was created by white supremacists!  How does Google allow such an inaccurate site to show up so high?
  9. 9. MC3 Libraries How Google Ranks Its Results Google uses several things to rank their results…  Google’s PageRank systemmeasures the number of links to a single site  Older sites often have more sites that link to them, which ranks them higher, even if their information is outdated or inaccurate  There are other tools Google uses, but we don’t know much about them So how can I use Google to find good sources? Graphic from http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/researchers-borrow-from-google-pagerank-for-network-defense-service/1540
  10. 10. MC3 Libraries Better Google results Let’s find sites written by experts. Use “site:” to narrow results just to the type of website you want to search.
  11. 11. MC3 Libraries Using ‘martin luther king’ as our search keywords, search for types of sites. Some good results are:  governmental sites (site:.gov)  educational sites (site:.edu)  organizational sites (site:.org)
  12. 12. MC3 Libraries Use Boolean tools to refine your search …Part One Exact phrase Search an exact phrase by putting words in quotes. “martin luther king” And In many databases you can search for material with two or more ideas in common with the word “and.” Google assumes the word ‘and’ between words
  13. 13. MC3 Libraries Use Boolean tools to refine your search …Part 2 Not Not eliminates an idea from a search. The ‘not’ in Google is a minus sign with no space before the word… “-earthquakes” OR Or in a search provides options. In Google the word ‘OR’ must be in all caps. Synonyms Put a tilde before the word such as “~stress.” The tilde key is at the top left corner of the keyboard.
  14. 14. MC3 Libraries Can I Use Wikipedia? Wikipedia can be helpful with your research, if used in the right way. Wikipedia Can be Used For:  Finding general information about a topic  Picking up ideas and terms about the topic  Finding other sources from the Reference list at the bottom http://ohinternet.com/Wikipedia
  15. 15. MC3 Libraries Wikipedia Should NOT be Used for… http://ohinternet.com/Wikipedia  Citing in a scholarly research paper  Factual data as the main source in your paper  A source of unbiased information
  16. 16. MC3 Libraries Where can I find the References in Wikipedia? Not all of these will be reliable, but there will be a lot of good sources here.
  17. 17. MC3 Libraries 4 Tips to Evaluate Websites 1.Look for the person or organization who created the site. Research the author to see if they may have a bias toward this topic Source: http://www.hacktabs.com/tips-to-plan-for-a-custom-website-design/
  18. 18. MC3 Libraries MC3 Libraries 4 Tips to Evaluate Websites… 2. See if the website expresses only one side of an argument. Biased information will not give all viewpoints and sometimes may not be accurate
  19. 19. MC3 Libraries 4 Tips to Evaluate Websites… 3. Look to see if the website cites any other sources. If no sources are cited, the information on the site may be the author’s opinions, not facts. Source: http://blog.thinkwell.com/2011/07/citing-online-sources.html
  20. 20. MC3 Libraries MC3 Libraries 4 Tips to Evaluate Websites… 4. Look for a date of publication or an update Outdated information may be inaccurate or incorrect Source: http://www.noodletools.com/guide/showme/web_site_advanced/8.html
  21. 21. MC3 Libraries Reliable alternatives to Google… •ipl2.org: Internet Public Library only presents sites selected by experts. •GoDuckGo.com: New search engine with fewer ads and better results. You can use “site:” here too. •WolframAlpha.org: Use this site to find statistics and facts.
  22. 22. MC3 Libraries Need photos, audio or video for your presentation or projects Try search.creativecommons.org where you can freely use the materials resulting from your search. Keep an eye on the license. Many creators want their name listed or may limit commercial use and that’s only fair!
  23. 23. MC3 Libraries Don’t Forget! Through your MC3 Libraries website you can access to hundreds of reliable, scholarly resources!
  24. 24. MC3 Libraries Let’s Review! Please click on the correct answer to move to the next page: Question #1: What is NOT one way to verify if a site is reliable? Check to see if the site cites other sources Check the author of the site Check the title of the site Check the date the site was published
  25. 25. MC3 Libraries Correct! A title may not truly match the content of a site. It is best to read through the actual content and look at the bias, author, citations of other sources and recent updates in order to determine whether it is valuable or not. Move to Question 2
  26. 26. MC3 Libraries MC3 Libraries Incorrect Return to Question 1
  27. 27. MC3 Libraries Let’s Review! Please click on the correct answer to move to the next page: Question #2: What is something that Wikipedia CAN be used for? A resource to cite in a scholarly paper Finding citations of scholarly resources on the topic A source of unbiased information The main source of factual data in a paper
  28. 28. MC3 Libraries Correct! Wikipedia is great for finding other scholarly resources on a topic, but it should not be cited as a scholarly resource in a paper. Move to Question 3
  29. 29. MC3 Libraries MC3 Libraries Incorrect Return to Question 2
  30. 30. MC3 Libraries Let’s Review! Please click on the correct answer to move to the next page: Question #3: Which of the following IS a boolean operator? And True Plus 
  31. 31. MC3 Libraries Correct! And, Or, and Not are the boolean operators to help you combine terms, choose one of several terms, or exclude terms respectively. Move to Question 4
  32. 32. MC3 Libraries Incorrect Return to Question 3
  33. 33. MC3 Libraries Let’s Review! Please click on the correct answer to move to the next page: Question #4: Your MC3 Library resources are more reliable than Google. True False
  34. 34. MC3 Libraries Correct! Your MC3 Library is the best place to find reliable, scholarly resources you can trust to help you with your research! Finish
  35. 35. MC3 Libraries Incorrect Return to Question 4
  36. 36. MC3 Libraries Need Help? Visit, Call, IM or Email Brendlinger Library (215) 641-6594 West Campus Library (610) 718-1864 IM a librarian refdesk@mc3.edu
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