Beware of Google• Google is ranked• Google is funded by advertising• Google is the ‘white bread of the mind’*• “Google offers easy answers to difficult questions. But students do not know how to tell if they come from serious, refereed work or are merely composed of shallow ideas, superficial surfing and fleeting commitments” *According to Dr Tara Brabazon, University Of Brighton http://www.browsermedia.co.uk/2008/01/17/google-is-%E2%80%98white-bread-for-the-mind%E2%80%99/
Evaluating websites• Who is the author of the site?• Do they have sufficient knowledge, credentials and authority ?• Are there any contact details?• Is there an organisational or corporate sponsor?• Is the page authentic or a hoax?• Is there a reference/reading/citations list?
How can you tell?• .gov Government agency• .net Internet Service Provider• .com Commercial site• .edu Education• .ac Academic• .mil Military• .org Organization (non-profit)• Countries are abbreviated to 2 letters –eg)UK, FR (France), US (USA), TW (Taiwan)
Some plausible hoaxes..• http://www.rythospital.com/2011/• http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/• http://www.hetracil.com/
A very useful tutorial• The Internet detectivehttp://www.vtstutorials.ac.uk/detective/
Using Boolean operatorsBoolean Logic on YouTube
To summarise....AND Use to narrow search and retrieve information containing all of the words it separates.OR Use to broaden search and retrieve information containing any of the words it separates.NOT Use to narrow search and retrieve information that contain none of the words following it.
Give me two subjects to search and I’ll apply Boolean operators........
Make notes......• What have I used?• Where did I access it?• Have I made reference to it?• Have I acknowledged it?
Making referencing easier....Harvard Referencing Generator - CiteThisForMe
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