Research on the Web


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Research on the Web

  1. 1. Using the WWW to Build Community A guide to resources and safe surfing
  2. 2. The Tools <ul><li>Ways of connecting individuals in such a way that they can share knowledge about the things they care about. </li></ul><ul><li>Disproportionate advantage for people who are away from urban centers -- information becomes accessible through the web. </li></ul>
  3. 3. User-generated Content <ul><li>The web allows the creation of knowledge in a bottom-up, rather than top-down direction. </li></ul><ul><li>Experts are not determined by degrees or credentials. Experts are the people who have the knowledge, no matter who or where they are. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Collective Knowledge <ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Fluther </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bookmark Tools <ul><li>Delicious </li></ul>
  6. 6. Event & Scheduling Tools <ul><li>Google Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Doodle </li></ul>
  7. 7. Video Tools <ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Google Video </li></ul><ul><li>Blip </li></ul><ul><li>Leak </li></ul>
  8. 8. Photography Tools <ul><li>Flickr ! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Survey Tools <ul><li>Survey Monkey </li></ul>
  10. 10. Writing Tools <ul><li>Writely </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs (Also offers spreadsheet) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Graphical Tools <ul><li>Frappr (Mapping Tool) </li></ul><ul><li>Wayfaring (Mapping Tool) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Filtering Tools <ul><li>Newstrust </li></ul><ul><li>Digg </li></ul>
  13. 13. Critical Evaluation of Web Content <ul><li>Why Evaluate What You Find on the Web? </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can put up a Web page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>about anything </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many pages not kept up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>No quality control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>most sites not “peer-reviewed” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>less trustworthy than scholarly publications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>no selection guidelines for search engines </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Before you click to view the page... <ul><li>Look at the URL - personal page or site ? ~ or % or users or members </li></ul><ul><li>Domain name appropriate for the content ? edu, com, org, net, gov,, uk, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Published by an entity that makes sense ? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>News from its source? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advice from valid agency? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Scan the perimeter of the page <ul><li>Can you tell who wrote it ? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>name of page author </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>organization, institution, agency you recognize </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e-mail contact by itself not enough </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Credentials for the subject matter ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for links to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ About us” “Philosophy” “Background” “Biography” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is it recent or current enough ? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look for “last updated” date - usually at bottom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>If no links or other clues... </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>truncate back the URL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http: //hs . houstonisd . org/hspva/academic/Science/Thinkquest/gail/text/ethics .html </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Indicators of quality <ul><li>Sources documented </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>links, footnotes, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As detailed as you expect in print publications ? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>do the links work ? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Information retyped or forged </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>why not a link to published version instead ? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Links to other resources </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>biased, slanted ? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. What Do Others Say ? <ul><li>Search the URL in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who links to the site? Who owns the domain? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Type or paste the URL into the basic search box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traffic for top 100,000 sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>See what links are in Google’s Similar pages </li></ul><ul><li>Look up the page author in Google </li></ul>
  18. 18. Does it all add up? <ul><li>Why was the page put on the Web ? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>inform with facts and data? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>explain, persuade? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>sell, entice? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>share, disclose? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>as a parody or satire? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Is it appropriate for your purpose? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Might it be ironic? Satire or parody? <ul><li>Think about the &quot;tone&quot; of the page. </li></ul><ul><li>Humorous? Parody? Exaggerated? Overblown arguments? </li></ul><ul><li>Outrageous photographs or juxtaposition of unlikely images? </li></ul><ul><li>Arguing a viewpoint with examples that suggest that what is argued is ultimately not possible. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Kayak Attack <ul><li>GoogleVideo: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kayak Attack </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Snoops: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Truth </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Try evaluating some sites... <ul><li>Search a controversial topic in Google: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;nuclear armageddon&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>prions danger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ stem cells” abortion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scan the first two pages of results </li></ul><ul><li>Visit one or two sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>try to evaluate their quality and reliability </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Citations <ul><li>Citations ad credibility to a work (whether on the the web or not). </li></ul><ul><li>They help readers to find source material. </li></ul><ul><li>They indicate original research. </li></ul><ul><li>They protect against any claim of plagiarism. </li></ul>
  23. 23. How to cite web content <ul><li>Reference List: </li></ul><ul><li>Author or Editor. Date. Title of work. Edition. [Type of medium]: <Protocol/Site/Path/File> Additional: retrieval information [Access date]. </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Author or Editor. Date. Title of work. Edition. [Type of medium]: Supplier/Database identifier or number/Item name or number [Access date]. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Examples <ul><li>Crouse, Maurice. 4 August 2006. Citing electronic information in history papers. < elcite.html> [4 August 2006]. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Book Initiative [Public-domain electronic texts]. No date. <gopher://> [3 December 1996]. </li></ul><ul><li>Kehoe, Brian P. 1992. Zen and the art of the Internet. 2d ed. < /etext/1992/zen10.txt> [25 March 1995]. </li></ul>
  25. 25. MLA: Books <ul><li>Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Examples <ul><li>Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York: Penguin Books, 1987. </li></ul><ul><li>Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. Denver: MacMurray, 1999. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Periodicals <ul><li>Author(s). &quot;Title of Article.&quot; Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Examples <ul><li>Poniewozik, James. &quot;TV Makes a Too-Close Call.&quot; Time 20 Nov. 2000: 70-71. </li></ul><ul><li>Trembacki, Paul. &quot;Brees Hopes to Win Heisman for Team.&quot; Purdue Exponent 5 Dec. 2000: 20. </li></ul>