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Internet Searching To Surf or not to Surf Internet Searching The Internet versus the Library Complementary Current Events vs. Historical Research Popular vs. Scholarly Copious vs. Selective Internet Searching The Internet versus the Library Content Haphazard vs. Standardized & Organized

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internet searching
Internet Searching

To Surf or not to Surf

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Internet Searching
  • The Internet versus the Library
    • Complementary
      • Current Events vs. Historical Research
      • Popular vs. Scholarly
      • Copious vs. Selective
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Internet Searching
  • The Internet versus the Library
    • Content
      • Haphazard vs. Standardized & Organized
      • Unscrupulous vs. Scrutinized
      • Transient vs. Permanent
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Internet Searching
  • Surface Web
  • Deep Web (Invisible Web)
  • Search Engines
  • Subject Directories
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
surface web
Surface Web
  • Only 30% of the entire Internet
  • Accessed by
    • search engines
    • subject directories
  • Content
    • Popular, Personal, Public Domain
    • Static fixed Web pages
deep web invisible web
Deep Web (Invisible Web)
  • 70% of the Internet
  • Accessed by direct query or authorization
  • Content: Information stored in Databases mounted on the Web
    • Scholarly resources; targeted topics
    • Library OPAC’s, subject specific databases
    • News, Business, Directories; Phone Books, Multimedia, Graphic Files, Digital Exhibits
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Deep Web (Invisible Web)
  • Search engines cannot/will not index this information.
  • Some subject directories will link to these sites
  • For more information see:http://library.albany.edu/internet/deepweb.html
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Internet Searching
  • Search Engines
    • Specific site wanted (e.g. Lord of the Rings, Lakers, CNN)
    • 40% overlap among them
    • No quality control
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Internet Searching
  • Search Engines
    • Uses robots, web crawlers, spiders, etc. to match characters in specific fields
    • Hit lists ranked based on paid inclusion programs (except Google which has a separate sponsor list)
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Internet Searching
  • Subject Directories
    • Topical searches (e.g. movies, sports, news)
    • No particular site in mind
    • Some are created and maintained by librarians, scholars and subject specialists
identify reputable internet sites
Identify Reputable Internet Sites
  • Separate the wheat from the chaff:

Use Subject Directories created and maintained by scholars, subject specialists and librarians:

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Identify Reputable Internet Sites
  • Scout Report
    • http://scout.wisc.edu/
  • INFOMINE – Scholarly Internet Resource Collections: http://infomine.ucr.edu/
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
    •  “Britannica Internet Guide“
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Identify Reputable Internet Sites
  • The Digital Librarian
    • http://www.digital-librarian.com/
  • The Internet Public Library
    • http://www.ipl.org/
  • BUBL Link (British)
    • http://bubl.ac.uk/
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Identify Reputable Internet Sites
  • TMC Library OPAC
  • TMC Library Web Resources
  • WorldCat (FirstSearch)
    • See next slide for instructions
intelligent searching
Intelligent Searching

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Clues of Caution when searching the public Internet… in the URL:

  • A “~ name” reflects a personal site representing a personal viewpoint
  • A .com or .org typically provides biased information
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Intelligent Searching

…on the site itself:

  • Lack of ownership or author
  • Comic or incendiary language
  • Lack of currency
  • Bias towards audience, or slant of information; positive without the negative; one sided
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Intelligent Searching

Search Smart:

  • Check underlying pages, top level pages, and links
  • Check domain names with a registry agency: register.com
  • More about domain names: http://florin.syr.edu/webarch/domains.php3
look up the domain registry page at the appropriate registry agency
Look up the domain registry page at the appropriate registry agency:
  • For .com, .edu, .net, .org : www.networksolutions.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois
  • For .gov (U.S. government) : www.nic.gov/cgi-bin/whois
  • For .mil (U.S. military) : www.nic.mil/cgi-bin/whois
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Look up the domain registry page at the appropriate registry agency:
  • For Asian-Pacific : www.apnic.net/apnic-bin/whois.pl
  • For European : www.ripe.net/cgi-bin/whois
  • The rest of the world: www.uninett.no/navn/domreg.html
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Intelligent Searching
  • Visit web sites that post hoaxes
  • Does it have the HON seal: Health on the Net foundation
  • Look for Web site awards or other organizational “seals of approval”
  • Professional associations
evaluate everything physical and electronic
Evaluate EverythingPhysical AND Electronic
  • Consider the following:
    • Purpose and Scope
    • Source, Authorship, Publishing Body
    • Content and Currency
    • Style and Functionality
    • Bias
    • Verifiability
evaluating resources
Evaluating Resources
  • These Research Guides will be helpful
    • Evaluating Resources www.masters.edu/rgevaluatingresources
      • An easy way to help evaluate the usefulness of research resources both paper and electronic
      • Covers purpose, source, content, style and functionality
      • Web Page Evaluation www.masters.edu/rgwebpageevaluation
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Evaluating Resources
  • Use Subject Directories to find Web sites that teach how to evaluate resources
    • Library Web site  Web Resources  Topic – Research/Writing  Type – All Types  Sub-topic – Evaluating Resources
evaluating internet resources
Evaluating Internet Resources
  • Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask,UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html
  • Evaluating Information Found on the Internet,Johns Hopkins University - http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/
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Evaluating Internet Resources
  • Evaluating Internet Resources, University at Albany, SUNY,-http://library.albany.edu/internet/evaluate.html
  • Evaluating Web Pages, Duke University-http://www.lib.duke.edu/libguide/evaluating_web.htm
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Evaluating Internet Resources
  • Librarians\' Internet Index - http://lii.org/
    • For annotated descriptions of many good guides to evaluating Web pages search the subject:

“Evaluation of Internet Resources”

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Research Strategies Internet Searching Helps

Search Engines

Subject Directories

Evaluating Resources

BIBLIOGRAPHY
research strategies
Research Strategies
  • Badke.Research Strategies: finding your way through the information fog. Lincoln, NE: Writers Club Press / iUniverse.com, 2000 ISBN: 0595100821; Price: $15 est.
  • DDC: 001.42/B142r/2000
  • http://www.acts.twu.ca/LBR/research.htm
internet search helps
Internet Search Helps
  • UC Berkeley http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html
  • University of Albany http://library.albany.edu/internet/searchnet.html
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Internet Search Helps

“How to choose a Search Engine or a Subject Directory”

http://library.albany.edu/internet/choose.html

search engines subject directories
Search Engines & Subject Directories

University of Tennessee Search Engines

http://www.lib.utk.edu/refs/search.html

Search Engine Watch http://www.searchenginewatch.com

SearchIQ http://www.zdnet.com/searchiq/

search engines
Search Engines

Go to University at Albany http://library.albany.edu/internet/engines.html for an abstracted list of:

Search Engines, Meta Search Engines, Deep Web Collectors, Specialty Search Engines, Domain names, Multi-media & Images finders, New Page Trackers

subject directories
Subject Directories

Go to University at Albany http://library.albany.edu/internet/subject.html

for an abstracted list of :

Academic & Professional Subject Directories

Commercial Directories & Portals

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Evaluate EverythingPhysical AND Electronic

http://milton.mse.jhu.edu:8001/research/education/net.html

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Evaluation.html

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