Conducting Online Research How to Locate and Evaluate Internet Resources Can you search effectively? Many people know a lot about technology but NOT a lot about how to search the Internet! Do I know how to be a good, efficient searcher? Considerations: 1. Am I using the best source?
How to Locate and Evaluate Internet Resources
Many people know a lot about technology but NOT a lot about how to search the Internet!
1. Am I using the best source?
2. What do I know about Internet research?
and you get
no results at all?
Usually, people use search terms that are too broad. This will produce too many results that are not relevant to your topic.
You must provide a word or set of words that will enable a computer to find matches, or “hits.”
What are the effects, if any, of televisionviolence on children?
AND OR NOT
AND allows you to combine terms:
television AND violence
ANDis a limiting search
This will access results pertaining to BOTH television and violence viewed on TV.
Art AND college
Art AND school
This will find records pertaining to art colleges and art schools.
childrenBoolean operators: OR
Teens involved in car accidents – search for – Teens OR adolescents AND car accidents
Using OR between search terms
television adolescents AND car accidents
cableBoolean Operators: NOT
Assignment – Research dolphins, their habitat, physical characteristics, etc.
Dolphins NOT Miami
Tell the computer to look for two or more words together:
“Red River Valley”
“Red River Valley of the North”
Search String characteristics, etc.A search string is one word or a string of words that you ask a Search Engine to use so it can find that specific piece of information online.
With these search techniques, characteristics, etc.
you will save time…
and be more successful in obtaining the results you need!
But – I found it on the Internet? characteristics, etc.
Before clicking on the link, look to see if it is a personal page. Check out the domain name or the “dots”:
.gov = Hosted by a U.S. government agency
.com = For-profit business, personal sites
.edu = Educational organization
.org = Nonprofit organization
.net = Hosted by a network
.biz = Business site (newer than .com)
.ac = Academic organization (outside the United States)
~ = personal webpage
Try the C.A.R.S. evaluation checklist: page. Check out the domain name or the “dots”:
C – Credibility
A – Accuracy
S - Support
Credibility page. Check out the domain name or the “dots”:
Misspellings, faulty links, messy appearance
Accuracy page. Check out the domain name or the “dots”:
Out-of-date or undated information, expired links, inaccurate or overly generalized information, biased information
Reasonableness page. Check out the domain name or the “dots”:
Manipulative or emotional language, one-sided information, a conflict of interest between the source and the objectivity of the information.
Support page. Check out the domain name or the “dots”:
Lack of documentation of claims, information that contradicts other reliable sources of information, positions on issues that you already know to be faulty.
Additional Information to remember – page. Check out the domain name or the “dots”:
Cite your sources, clip art, photos. Give credit where credit is due!
The media center has baskets with Cite Slips that you can use to document.
You can also find sites online that document for you –
Practice safety when online! page. Check out the domain name or the “dots”:
If you are on MySpace, consider making your page private. Never put personal information on the Internet – such as where you attend school or where you live. This could be very dangerous. It is best to keep your personal information private to everyone in the cyberworld. You never know who you are really “chatting” with!
Do you really want this man to have to page. Check out the domain name or the “dots”:
Hunt You Down???
Review – Putting it all Together page. Check out the domain name or the “dots”:
When searching the Internet, use keyword searches to access the fastest, most relevant results.
Look at the “dots.” What type of webpage is it?
Use the C.A.R.S method to evaluate the page – Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, Sources
Document your information
Use safety and good, ole’ common sense when working or playing online