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  • 1. New Media & Information Seeking COM 300 – Week 3 Finding & Evaluating Information Peg Achterman 13 April 2009
  • 2. Agenda
    • Continuing the Information Conversation
      • More on Google & Search
      • What do you trust?
      • Citation Information
      • Discussion
  • 3. Jessica (recapped)
    • Know the difference between scholarly and popular sources, between journals, magazines, and newspapers
    • Investigate the depths of a site
    • Narrow searches
  • 4.
    • Broad search, ranks sites, not complete
    • Keyword search engines search the DB for any web pages that contain words that you specify
    • Need to know effective keyword searching
  • 5.
    • You know the basics now - and/or....
    • virus – computer   the word virus but NOT the word computer
    • + sock   Only the word sock , and not the plural or any tenses or synonyms
    • ~ auto loan   loan info for both the word auto and its synonyms: truck , car , etc.
    • define: computer  definitions of the word computer from around the Web
    • red * blue   the words red and blue separated by one or more words
    • I'm Feeling Lucky Takes you directly to first web page returned for your query.
  • 6. related:www.stanford.edu (Find websites related to the Stanford University website.)   Related pages   related: info:www.stanford.edu (Find information about the Stanford University website.)   Info about a page   info: link:www.stanford.edu (Find pages that link to the Stanford University website.)   linked pages   link: DVD player $100..150 (Search for DVD players between $100 and $150)   Search within a range of numbers   [#] … [#] admission site:www.stanford.edu (Search Stanford Univ. site for admissions info.)   Search only one website   site: WHAT TO TYPE INTO SEARCH BOX   MEANING   ADVANCED OPERATORS
  • 7. Website Ownership
    • Who runs a Web site?
    • http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp
    • Do a WHOIS search:
    • www. martinlutherking .org
    • (Jessica’s example - be careful!)
  • 8.
    • http://www.archive.org/index.php
    • http: //youtomb . mit . edu/
    Internet Cemetery Find old Web pages, You Tube Videos
  • 9. Potential Pitfalls
    • Wikipedia
      • Has no authority
      • Can be edited by anyone
      • Their mistake is your mistake
      • Good road map, though
    • Dow Corporation – BBC
    • The Real Story
  • 10. Bibliographic & Tracking Tools
    • Zotero
    • EndNote
    • Iterasi
  • 11. Reading Discussion
    • Break into discussion groups
    • There are four questions (five groups)
    • Discussion – reach as much consensus as possible
    • “Report out” and group discussion