New Media, New Research: Information for College Students doing the Extended Project

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This presentation briefly demonstrates why one should not always trust Google nor Wikipedia, gives principles for deciding whether an online source is trustworthy, and introduces good online sources and ways of doing research online.

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New Media, New Research: Information for College Students doing the Extended Project

  1. 1. New Media, New Research: Using the internet in research for the A level Extended Project Terese Bird Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow For Queen Elizabeth I College EPQ seminar 29 Oct 2013 www.le.ac.uk Photo by slimlibrary on Flickr
  2. 2. What will we talk about? • Google’s tricks • What is a good source? • Excellent online ‘libraries’ • Wikipedia • How to reference YouTube, iTunes U, Flickr • Online surveys and interviews Photo by Ed Yourdon on Flickr
  3. 3. The truth about Google • Google is a business, not a service • When you Google something, the results are different from when your friend Googles it • Companies pay other companies to improve search returns on Google – sneaky cheats Photo by Mr_Stein on Flickr http://www.jrdg.com/trends/the-dirty-little-secrets-of-search-wonder-why-google-let-j-cpenney-cheat
  4. 4. My husband’s computer My computer
  5. 5. Why are your search results different from mine? • Location – Google knows where you are • Personalisation – Google knows what you’ve clicked • Data Centre – Google has at least 36 • Algorithm testing – 40% of searches are tests Image by Squidooer on Flickr http://themetaq.com/articles/reasons-your-google-search-results-are-different-than-mine
  6. 6. How can I tell if a website is reliable? (Lee College, 2007) • Author • Publisher • Purpose – To sell? – To persuade? – Hobby? – Public service? – Scholarship? – General Info? • Purpose – Scholars/general? – Age group? – Geographic area? – Profession? • Information – Regular updates? – Citations – What sites are linked?
  7. 7. Good material: OCWC
  8. 8. Good material: blogs by experts Blog post by an expert
  9. 9. New online ‘libraries’: YouTube.edu youtube.com/education
  10. 10. New online ‘libraries’: iTunes U
  11. 11. http://youtu.be/hiZ1KTfeZ38 New online ‘libraries’: iTunes U
  12. 12. Flickr
  13. 13. Vimeo – vimeo.com
  14. 14. Wikipedia
  15. 15. Wikipedia • Anyone can add or edit • Neutral Point of View • Don’t cite it’, but use the references • Anything without a reference will probably be removed • Is it trustworthy?
  16. 16. Look at the author’s profile
  17. 17. Social Media Citations (Gamboa, 2013)
  18. 18. Internet power for surveys: SurveyMonkey, KwikSurveys • SurveyMonkey
  19. 19. Internet power for interviews • Skype • Google Hangout • Ask permission to record or quote Photo by Annette Schwindt on Flickr
  20. 20. Internet Power: Twitter
  21. 21. Internet Power: Twitter
  22. 22. Use the internet wisely Photo by ocean.flynn on Flickr
  23. 23. References • Gamboa, C. (2013). How to Cite Social Media in Scholarly Writing | SAGE Connection – Insight. Sage Connection. Retrieved from http://connection.sagepub.com/blog/2013/09/17/how-to-cite-socialmedia-in-scholarly-writing/ • LeeCollege. (2007). How Can I Tell if a Website is Reliable? University of Texas website. Retrieved from http://www.edb.utexas.edu/petrosino/Legacy_Cycle/mf_jm/Challenge 1/website reliable.pdf • Segal, D. (2013). Search Optimization and Its Dirty Little Secrets NYTimes.com. New York Times Business Day. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/business/13search.html?_r=0 • Snipes, S. (2012). Reasons Your Google Search Results Are Different Than Mine | Articles | Meta Q. Q Digital website. Retrieved from http://themetaq.com/articles/reasons-your-google-search-results-aredifferent-than-mine

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