Prove it!
Presented by Roy
Manager
NUS B.A (Merit)
NTU MSc (Info Studies)
Pros of Internet
 Free of charge (NLB - 3 cents per minute)
 24 / 7 available (unlike library closes at 9 pm)
 Lots of ...
Cons of Internet (80/20 rule)
 Reliability? Who does quality control?
 Con-man (evaluate internet scams)
 Authority?
 ...
PW Link?
Website evaluation
Which one is the best?
.gov .net .edu
.org .mil .com
What does .com stand for?
Team Members
1) Ivan Chew - Project Sponsor
2) RoyWon - Project Manager
3) MichelleKwok - Dy Project Manager
4) Rohayah Mohd. Lani- WR ...
Bonsai Kitten
From Factiva Database
Over-reliance on Net has students floundering in media literacy test
A CERTAIN species of octopus in the Pacific north-wes...
Evaluating Resources
Criteria Questions to ask
Authority • Who published the material?
• Are the author’s and publisher’s ...
Currency • When was the information published?
• When was the material last updated?
• Were the links still current?
Objec...
Wikipedia®
Should not be quoted in academic
research, DO NOT CITE IT!
But useful starting point to
authoritative sources...
Straits Times - 1 Apr 2007
Get keywords, ideas, background
info but do not trust 100%
Do your own
evaluation & assess
NLB
eDatabases
How to score A? Story
Use a varied and wide range of reliable sources:
-Books (available at all libraries)
-Newspapers (Fa...
Accessing NLB eResources
eResources.nlb.gov.sg
Accessing NLB eResources
Registration through Internet
Accessing NLB eResources
Select Secondary Schools
Accessing NLB eResources
Factiva
 Global newspapers
e.g. The New York Times,
The Australian
 Local content
e.g. The Straits Times, Today, The Edg...
Interface from home
- Limited Access
search operators
 “ ”: to search for phrases, use quotation marks
Eg “dog ate my homework” – Decrease hits
AND: results ...
AND – Decrease hits
Lee Kuan Yew AND Singapore
AND – Decrease hits
Lee Kuan Yew
Singapore
AND
11,874 hits
OR – Increase hits
Lee Kuan Yew OR Singapore
OR – Increase hits
Lee Kuan Yew
Singapore
OR
381,518 hits
NOT – Decrease hits
Lee Kuan Yew NOT Singapore
NOT – Decrease hits
Lee Kuan Yew
Singapore
NOT
1,598 hits
Toilet
5,859 hits
Toilet*
Wildcard - *
8,573 hits
Synonyms for toilets?
Always cross check your sources
NewspaperSG
From Home
Has SPH
watermark
Why?
Copyright
From Library –
no watermark
Encyclopedia Britannica
 a general English language encyclopedia
 widely regarded as the most scholarly of encyclopedias...
History Database Centre
World Geography and Culture
63
64
65
66
Singapore is ranked 18th
in the World
Spends 4.9% of GDP on
Defence
EBSCOHost
Provides full-text for over 4,500 publications, including
full-text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed journals ...
Risks of Casinos – good
for business, bad for
society?
Teens and Aids
and Singapore
Automatic citation
Proquest
Click to see full text
What is a person who
cannot smell called?”
Advisory Service:
Some questions asked by users
 When and why was chewing gum banned in
Singapore? Will I be arrested if ...
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  1. 1. Prove it! Presented by Roy Manager NUS B.A (Merit) NTU MSc (Info Studies)
  2. 2. Pros of Internet  Free of charge (NLB - 3 cents per minute)  24 / 7 available (unlike library closes at 9 pm)  Lots of information  Easy to use  Good for current info (news) & general info  “Good Enough” e.g. find food, maps, etc  WWW - World Wide Web
  3. 3. Cons of Internet (80/20 rule)  Reliability? Who does quality control?  Con-man (evaluate internet scams)  Authority?  Not so good for Scholarly, Specialized info (Good stuff is there but must dig deeper)  WWW - Wild, Wild West Cat joke
  4. 4. PW Link?
  5. 5. Website evaluation Which one is the best? .gov .net .edu .org .mil .com What does .com stand for?
  6. 6. Team Members
  7. 7. 1) Ivan Chew - Project Sponsor 2) RoyWon - Project Manager 3) MichelleKwok - Dy Project Manager 4) Rohayah Mohd. Lani- WR rep 5) Audrey Chng - WR rep 6) Joycelyn Kee - CR rep 7) Soon Huat - NR rep 8) PeterChan - NR rep Team Members
  8. 8. Bonsai Kitten
  9. 9. From Factiva Database
  10. 10. Over-reliance on Net has students floundering in media literacy test A CERTAIN species of octopus in the Pacific north-west lives in a tree. Sounds ridiculous? Well, 34 out of 35 Singapore students who read the bogus website http:// zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/ believed such a creature actually exists. The students, aged 13 to 19, were unable to distinguish fact from fiction in a Straits Times test of media literacy among youth. The spoof site, set up as an online hoax in 1998 but now used by institutions to test Internet literacy, fooled nearly all the 35 local students into thinking the tree octopus story was 'well-supported by scientific research' and 'factual'. From Factiva Database
  11. 11. Evaluating Resources Criteria Questions to ask Authority • Who published the material? • Are the author’s and publisher’s qualification documented? • Can they be contacted (via email or other method?) • Where does the document originate – is it from an educational institution, a government or a company? • Is there a bibliography? Accuracy • Are there any factual errors, or outdated facts? • Is the information cited correctly? • Are there any errors, inconsistencies or slip-ups in the references? • Are there any language errors? Importance of citation – language of academia – international standard – common language
  12. 12. Currency • When was the information published? • When was the material last updated? • Were the links still current? Objectivity • What is the purpose of the document – was it created for commercial, educational or other reasons? • How much of the content is opinion based? • What are objectives of the author? Coverage • If there are links, are they evaluated in any way (i.e. short write-up) and are they complementary to the information on the site? • What is the balance between textual and graphical information? • Is there any historical/geographical bias in the sources used, and the treatment of the subject?
  13. 13. Wikipedia® Should not be quoted in academic research, DO NOT CITE IT! But useful starting point to authoritative sources/references
  14. 14. Straits Times - 1 Apr 2007
  15. 15. Get keywords, ideas, background info but do not trust 100%
  16. 16. Do your own evaluation & assess
  17. 17. NLB eDatabases
  18. 18. How to score A? Story Use a varied and wide range of reliable sources: -Books (available at all libraries) -Newspapers (Factiva, NewspaperSG) -Encyclopedia (Britannica) -Historical Info (History Database Centre) -Geographic Info (World Atlas) -Journals (Ebsco, Proquest, JSTOR) -Websites (credible sites)
  19. 19. Accessing NLB eResources eResources.nlb.gov.sg
  20. 20. Accessing NLB eResources
  21. 21. Registration through Internet
  22. 22. Accessing NLB eResources Select Secondary Schools
  23. 23. Accessing NLB eResources
  24. 24. Factiva  Global newspapers e.g. The New York Times, The Australian  Local content e.g. The Straits Times, Today, The Edge, Lianhe Zaobao, Shin Min  Full access only from the library  Has Straits Times from 1989 to present Day (at libraries only)  Limited access from home due to copyright (Factiva $$$)  Internet usage at libraries is 3 cents per minute ($1.80 per hour)
  25. 25. Interface from home - Limited Access
  26. 26. search operators  “ ”: to search for phrases, use quotation marks Eg “dog ate my homework” – Decrease hits AND: results will contain all the words or phrases Decrease hits OR: results will contain one or more of the words or phrases Increase hits NOT: results will not contain the word or phrase after: Decrease hits * Wildcard - Toilet*
  27. 27. AND – Decrease hits Lee Kuan Yew AND Singapore
  28. 28. AND – Decrease hits Lee Kuan Yew Singapore AND
  29. 29. 11,874 hits
  30. 30. OR – Increase hits Lee Kuan Yew OR Singapore
  31. 31. OR – Increase hits Lee Kuan Yew Singapore OR
  32. 32. 381,518 hits
  33. 33. NOT – Decrease hits Lee Kuan Yew NOT Singapore
  34. 34. NOT – Decrease hits Lee Kuan Yew Singapore NOT
  35. 35. 1,598 hits
  36. 36. Toilet
  37. 37. 5,859 hits
  38. 38. Toilet* Wildcard - *
  39. 39. 8,573 hits Synonyms for toilets?
  40. 40. Always cross check your sources
  41. 41. NewspaperSG
  42. 42. From Home Has SPH watermark Why? Copyright From Library – no watermark
  43. 43. Encyclopedia Britannica  a general English language encyclopedia  widely regarded as the most scholarly of encyclopedias  good source to check for facts and information
  44. 44. History Database Centre
  45. 45. World Geography and Culture
  46. 46. 63
  47. 47. 64
  48. 48. 65
  49. 49. 66 Singapore is ranked 18th in the World Spends 4.9% of GDP on Defence
  50. 50. EBSCOHost Provides full-text for over 4,500 publications, including full-text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed journals in subject areas such as biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, religion, arts and sociology.
  51. 51. Risks of Casinos – good for business, bad for society?
  52. 52. Teens and Aids and Singapore
  53. 53. Automatic citation
  54. 54. Proquest
  55. 55. Click to see full text
  56. 56. What is a person who cannot smell called?”
  57. 57. Advisory Service: Some questions asked by users  When and why was chewing gum banned in Singapore? Will I be arrested if I consume chewing gum?? • Why doesn't superglue stick to it's tube? I am looking for newspaper articles on MOE’s “Teach Less, Learn More.” • What is does JK in the author’s name J K Rowling stand for? Quote Expert
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