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Internet research


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Internet research

  1. 1. Internet ResearchBy: Cristy MoranEmail:
  2. 2. Things we’ll cover…1. To Internet or not to Internet?2. How to Google effectively3. Evaluating websites and web content4. Reliable web sources5. Gathering information you’ll need to cite from the Internet
  3. 3. Do you Internet?To Internet• Official organization andinstitution pages• Publically released reportsand statistics• News articles, videos, andcommentary/ reviews• Reliable open sourcescholarship• Nonessential informationor general knowledgeinformationNot to Internet• Reference information(Wikipedia is a goodplace to start but not tofinish)• Scholarly articles• Case studies• Dissertations• Pirated materials (e.g.ebooks, music, videos)
  4. 4. Know your Google• Google does not vetresults• First page of results isnot the most relevantor accurate• Google offers promotionfor paid and oft-visitedsites• Google guesses basedon your search habitsand others’ habits• Log into library whenusing Google Scholar
  5. 5. Reading a URL• Domains tell visitors a lot about the kind of information you’llfind on the websites• Frequently used domains:• Com, or Net–commercial, paid-for sites that anyone can buy orhost• Org—organization, for non-profits (i.e. charities, churches)• Expect that these sites have biased information either for/against acause• Edu—educational, colleges & universities• Gov—official US government site• Mil—official US military site• Country domains (.ca, .uk, etc.)—non-US sites use country codesin their domains many times, this does not make them “official”websites or representatives of the entire country
  6. 6. The CRAAP Test• Apply smart searchingtechniques – theInternet can beoverwhelming andoften irrelevant,inaccurate, andinappropriate for yourresearch• Evaluate the websitesyou use - CRAAP test• Ask yourself if it’sessential informationand if it adds value toyour workurrencyelevancyuthorityccuracyurpose
  7. 7. What can you trust?• The Statistical Abstract ofthe United States• National Center forEducation Statistics• Professional associations• National andinternationalorganizations• Open-access scholarlyjournal databases• Digital archives forprimary sources
  8. 8. What you’ll need to cite…• Author names—sometimes notavailable, useorganization name ifyou can• Name of website andwebpage—Not thesame thing!• Posted or publisheddate—sometimesunavailable (n.d.)• Date of access/retrieval
  9. 9. Library @ North CampusDays Open CloseMonday-Thursday7:30 a.m. 9:00 p.m.Friday 7:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.Saturday 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.Sunday CLOSEDOnline—Access on-campusand off-campus us (305) 237-1183Research Guide: Hours
  10. 10. Help • Visit the Reference Desk• Call us at (305) 237-1183• Chat with us using Ask aLibrarian—from yourmobile phone orcomputer at home, inthe library, orelsewhere• Sunday to Thursday:10 a.m. to midnight• Friday and Saturday:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.