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    • Library Staff TrainingFirst year workshop:‘Explore the web for your assignment’ Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Aim and Learning OutcomeAim• To provide an overview of (free) web resources for assignments and researchLearning Outcome On completion you will be able to: • Apply best-practice techniques for identifying, locating and utilising web resources for sourcing quality information Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Search the Web More Effectively: Overview• Web: 555 million websites?, 8 billion pages?• Anyone can publish: quality control?• Google: uses index/database of web pages compiled from sites found by it’s spider programs. Full text of sites sent to Google index. ‘Pagerank’ retrieves based on word occurrence, proximity, location on page, links to the page, traffic etc. about 100-200 ‘ingredients’. For the most part a keyword search.• Problem: finding relevant scholarly material Quantity and quality of information• Should use the Library’s resources first! Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • 5 Tips• Use ‘advanced search’ techniques on Google and other search engines• Use Google Scholar, Google Books & ‘more’• Try other search engines – not just Google• Don’t always use search engines, go straight to good portals and sites suitable for your topic• Always evaluate your findings for quality Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Example• Essay title: ‘Examine the role that religion plays in the lives of Irish people who emigrate’ Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Tip 1. Use Advanced SearchWon’t guarantee that you find quality web sites, butmay help you to control the sheer quantity.•Remember: word order, choice of words, ‘stop words’•Use Google Advanced Search , Yahoo Advanced Search etc.•Use operators: -, *, ~, “•Use domain search, phrase search, OR etc.•Remember that Google personalizes your search. To turn offsee here. See also ‘Verbatim’ tool. See also: Google Inside Search &www.googleguide.com Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Examples• Google changed my life• “Google changed my life”• “Google * my life”• emigration• ~emigration• ~emigration ~religion Ireland• ~emigration ~religion Ireland OR Irish• theatre –hospital• theatre OR theater -hospital Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Tip 2. Use Google Scholar/Books & ‘more’• Google Scholar, Google Books• Further tools to enhance your web searches:Blog search, Translate, Email Alerts, Maps, Google mobile etc.• See also: Microsoft Academic Search as a possible alternative to Google Scholar Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Practice• Look for scholarly web material for the following topic (try a basic search first, then advanced search, then Google Scholar & Google Books): ‘The Irish gothic novel’ Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Tip 3. Use Other Search Engines• Don’t use same search engine for everything - try others (examples below). See here also:• Examples: Exalead, Ask Jeeves, Yahoo , Bing , Kartoo, Scirus, Microsoft Academic Search etc.• Semantic search: Hakia , Kngine context in which the words are being used• Metasearch: e.g. Zuula, Metacrawler, Yippy, Search.com, Dogpile, use several search engines simultaneously Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Tip 3 (contd.)• The ‘Deep Web’ not accessible using a general search engine e.g. material within databases Infomine, Complete Planet• Custom Search: Google Custom search , Rollyo create your own search engines using the sites you know and trust Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Tip 4. Don’t Always Use Search EnginesSave yourself a lot of time by going straight to thewebsites that are likely to be the most useful for yourneeds. Gateways and portals can help:•Examples: PINAKES,  Internet Public Library,WWW Virtual Library, Infomine, Digital Librarian , Worldcat, DMOZ, Europeana,  DHO Discovery (Gateway to Irish digitalcollections), Academicinfo.net,   Voice of the Shuttle •Look at the Library’s subject guides Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Tip 4. (contd.)• See also: Internet Archive, Hathi Trust Digital Library, iTunesU, RIAN, OAIster , DOAB• Search catalogues from other Libraries:COPAC,  British Library,  Library of Congress,  The European Library,  Worldcat, World Digital Library Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • PracticeTake a look at the following sites:• DHO Discovery• Internet Archive• The European Library• RIAN• Worldcat• Europeana• PINAKES Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Tip 5. Evaluate your Information Sources• Scholarly: aimed at those working within a field of study, disseminate research, scholarly methods are used, valid and trustworthy. These resources tend to be factual, methodical, scientific, based on clearly referenced sources and documentation• Popular: aimed at wider public/mass audience, to entertain, inform, promote viewpoints, sell products and services. These resources tend to be subjective, journalistic, based on personal accounts/impressions and opinion.• See ‘Learn how to…evaluate information for your assignments’ and also the ‘Internet Detective’ Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • A Word on Wikipedia• ‘Wiki’: can be edited by anyone with permissions; Wikipedia is completely open, ANYONE can edit ANYTHING (within reason). Can’t rely on this information - you should not reference in assignments.• But…can be useful for ‘getting your head around’ something i.e. background information, understanding a word/concept and for finding relevant keywords for your search • See: Researching with Wikipedia• We recommend that you use Library reference resources listed here Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
    • Final Word:• When looking for information for assignments & research we recommend the Library’s resources (print and e-resource). However when students are using the (free) web they should use it smartly, taking into account the tips that we have seen. This should save them time and hassle, and hopefully enable them to produce high quality assignments and research. Use the Web Effectively Ronan Madden 06/06/12
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