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  • The beginning of any quest for knowledge and information begins with a simple step. In order to know how or where to find the information, a determination needs to be made as to what information is actually being searched for. The journey can only begin when there is a clear picture drawn of it objective. It is extremely difficult to find something when you don’t know what it is that your searching for. Once this has been accomplished, there are a few steps to take to ensure that your quest follows the right path.
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    • 1. Rogers L. Smith Jr.American InterContinental University
    • 2.  The beginning of any quest for knowledge and information begins with a simple step. In order to know how or where to find the information, a determination needs to be made as to what information is actually being searched for. The journey can only begin when there is a clear picture drawn of it objective. It is extremely difficult to find something when you don’t know what it is that your searching for. Once this has been accomplished, there are a few steps to take to ensure that your quest follows the right path.
    • 3.  The search engine itself will prove to be one of the most important tools you will use. Most search engines are designed to scan every word in articles on the internet. Once it finds the keyword that you chose to search for, it returns those entries as matches to the search. In order to narrow the search, you should consider using more than one keyword to conduct the search (Southern Oregon University, 2012). Another method to narrow the search results would be to use quotation marks around a sentence or phrase. This tells the search engine to search for specific wording in the articles to be searched (SOU, 2012). Know that some search engines have options for advanced searches. These functions also. In order to have the best sources for gathering information it is recommended to utilize more than one search engine if possible (SOU, 2012).
    • 4.  If you haven’t found what you are looking for within the first 20 – 50 articles, modify search criteria (SOU, 2012
    • 5.  Primary sources are those that are created by someone with first hand experience on the topic (Library of Congress, n.d.). Information can also be in the form of an autobiography, memoirs, or oral history recorded and documented at a later date (Yale, 2008).
    • 6.  Websites are more fluid than printed material. This allows for information to change more rapidly online. Unfortunately, some of these changes make the information presented inaccurate (Pacifici, 2002). One way to verify sources is to simply ask your librarian if possible.
    • 7.  Pacifici (2002) suggest using a checklist of questions such as whether or not the site is a site that publishes opinion or commentary. The complete list can be viewed at http://www.llrx.com /features/verifying.ht m
    • 8.  Just as water can change shape according to the shape of its container, so can information on the internet. Sources that can have information that changes is called a fluid source. The best strategy for fluid sources is to verify the information through a source with less fluidity
    • 9.  An individual can begin to compile information and operate as its curator by using tools such as eduClipper, Scoop.It, and Mentor Mob (Oxnevad, 2012). This allows you to control the fluidity of the content
    • 10.  Library of Congress. (n.d.). Using primary sources. Retrieved September 9, 2012 from http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarys ources/ Oxnevad, S. (2012). 3 free tools to curate content. Retrieved September 9, 2012 from http://gettingsmart.com/blog/2012/08/3- free-cool-tools-curate-content/
    • 11.  Pacifici, S. (2002). Feature – getting it right: verifying sources on the net. Retrieved September 9, 2012 from http://www.llrx.com/features/verifying.htm Southern Oregon University. (2012). Tips to effective internet searching. Retrieved Se[tember 9,2012 from http://hanlib.sou.edu/searchtools/searchtips.htm l Yale University. (2008). What are primary sources?. Retrieved September 9, 2012 from http://www.yale.edu/collections_collaborative/p rimarysources/primarysources.html

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