Smarter (Re)Searching

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Smarter (Re)Searching

  1. 1. Smarter (Re)Searching:Tips, Tricks and Great Resources Tutti Jackson, Project Curator Ohio Historical Society
  2. 2. (Re)Searching Online• There are an estimated one trillion Web pages*• Visible Web (Good information vs. Good enough)• Invisible Web (not indexed by Google) *Kelly, Kevin. 2010. What technology wants. New York: Viking.
  3. 3. Myth of the Digital Native• “Just because you’ve grown up searching things in Google doesn’t mean you know how to use Google as a good research tool.” Anthropologist Andrew Asher, Bucknell University What Students Dont Know, Inside Higher Ed, August 22, 2011 ERIAL (Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries) Project
  4. 4. Myth of the Digital Native• They (college students) tended to overuse Google and misuse scholarly databases• preferred simple database searches• The prevalence of Google in student research is well- documented, but the Illinois researchers found something they did not expect: students were not very good at using Google. They were basically clueless about the logic underlying how the search engine organizes and displays its results. Consequently, the students did not know how to build a search that would return good sources. What Students Dont Know, Inside Higher Ed, August 22, 2011 ERIAL (Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries) Project
  5. 5. Searching: Where to Begin
  6. 6. Reality Check
  7. 7. Reality Check Using Wikipedia Responsibly• Understand what it is and how it works• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia• Look (critically) at the citations• Links to more information?• Caveat: Don’t cite Wikipedia. Seriously.
  8. 8. Images on Wikipedia• Is the image a primary source? How can I find it, use it and cite it?• Wikipedia relies on public domain images, many from national archival collections already available to you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain _image_resources• Although public domain images can be used, you still need to cite the repository. (*Hint: It’s not Wikipedia.com!)
  9. 9. Wikipedia
  10. 10. Great ResourcesNational Archives and Records AdministrationARC – Archival Research Cataloghttp://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/BasicSearchFormOnline Public Access – New Integrated Search Interfacehttp://www.archives.gov/research/search/Library of CongressAmerican Memoryhttp://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.htmlPrints & Photographs Online Cataloghttp://www.loc.gov/pictures/Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapershttp://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/Smithsonian InstitutionCollections Search Centerhttp://collections.si.edu/search/
  11. 11. Questions?

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