SEARCHING THE WEBAnd making it count… http://library.grandview.eduCara Stone, Grand View Library email@example.com
The Internet isn’t Perfect Why I love the Internet: Easy Always changing Tons of information at my fingertips Facebook My favorite part is right around 2:15… “Little Happy Birthday? Big Happy Birthday!” Silly YouTube Videos http://youtu.be/Msi5KTf3tM0 (am I right?!)
The Internet Isn’t Perfect Why I’m skeptical of the internet: Anyone can put anything up and call themselves an “authority” in the subject Always changing Too much information at my fingertips? Time suck… (It’s already WHAT time?!...Ugh.)
Example 1: Wikipedia Why I love it: Quick and easy general information Fairly current (celebrity relationships, Beyonce’s pregnancy, natural disasters) Why I wouldn’t use it to write a paper: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton,_Iowa
Example 2: Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide http://www.dhmo.org/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/snapr/484776493/
Let’s Search!Find a website about your topic that you think is of quality—on that website find afascinating fact.Use the Blackboard Discussion for today – Quality Websites inResearchPart I: Quality or not quality, that is the question Submit the URL (website) and why you think it is of quality Be prepared to explain to the class why you think it is a good resource What elements can you point out to us?Part II: Fascinating or not fascinating, that is (also) the question What is your interesting fact? What makes it so interesting? How is it different than the other facts already posted by your peers?After you have posted your own fascinating fact, read through and find at least two more facts from your classmates posts and respond to the ones you feel are most interesting. Be sure to respond in a full sentence or two--dont just say "cool fact."
Elements of a Good Web Resource Authority: Who wrote it? What are their qualifications? Is it some random enthusiast typing away in his basement? URL: What clues does the URL provide? Is it a .gov?, .edu?, .com?, .us? Purpose: Personal? Company or organization? Forum for educational information? Scholarly forum? Entertainment? Advertisement or profit?
Elements of a Good Web Resource Content: Biased opinion Objective Factual Are arguments well supported or researched? Contain objective and subjective information Contact: Email or write the webmaster or author?
Elements of a Good Web Resource Currency Is it up-to-date (does it need to be up-to-date)? (Historical information vs. news or current events) Last revised/modified date? Well-maintained? (Broken links? Error messages?) Design Easy to navigate/use? Search/site map? Easy to read? In the end, it’s your judgment call…
Questions? A helpful checklist is in your Blackboard page under Library Resources http://www.lib.umd.edu/guides/webcheck.html Cara Stone: firstname.lastname@example.org; 515.263.2878University of Maryland Libraries. “Checklist for Evaluating Web Sites.” 2011. 16 Aug 2011.