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Web research IDS 801


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Web research IDS 801

  1. 1. Using the ‘web’ for research IDS 801 Dr. Cynthia Garrety Friday, August 2, 13
  2. 2. consider this... Friday, August 2, 13
  3. 3. It wasn’t so long ago that using the web for research was frowned upon by academics Friday, August 2, 13
  4. 4. What changed? Everything.. the Cloud Google Scholar Mendeley Friday, August 2, 13
  5. 5. The Cloud More and more research can be found online No more stigma attached to online only journals Open Educational Resources Friday, August 2, 13
  6. 6. Google Scholar Google Scholar has gone mainstream Recommendations based on your scholar search “Stand on the shoulders of giants” Friday, August 2, 13
  7. 7. Mendeley Free Reference Manager Academic Social Networking Access your research anywhere Import research Friday, August 2, 13
  8. 8. Evaluating ‘Web’Resources Rules for Friday, August 2, 13
  9. 9. Authorship Who wrote this? Are they credible? In your field of study, are they recognized? Is the article linked to another author you trust? can you find biographical information? Friday, August 2, 13
  10. 10. Accuracy and Verifiability of Details Data was gathered and an explanation of the research methodology are included Methodology is appropriate to the topic Document relies on other sources listed in a bibliography Background information that was used can be verifited Friday, August 2, 13
  11. 11. Currency Timeliness of the information Includes the date(s) at which the information was gathered refers clearly to dated information (based on 1900 census) Includes a publication date and date of copyright Keep in engines like google rate on popularity in many cases Friday, August 2, 13
  12. 12. Publishing Body Is there a name of an organization given? Is the organization suitable to the topic? Does the document come from a personal account? Can you find the organization by examining the url? Friday, August 2, 13
  13. 13. Point of View/Bias Information is rarely neutral Note the url of the document. Does it reside on a server of an organization with a clear bias? Assume corporations will present products in a positive light If you are gathering political information use several sources from varying viewpoints never assume the points of view are easy to detect! Friday, August 2, 13
  14. 14. Referral to and/or knowledge of the literature The document includes a biography The author alludes to or displays knowledge of related sources, with proper attribution The author displays knowledge of theories or techniques considers appropriate Author acknowledges if they take a biased or controversial stand Friday, August 2, 13