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utilizing the web primary sources

Utilizing the Web & Primary Sources

Chisa Uyeki

LIBR 150: F06, Week 4

Start Page

what s in a domain
What’s in a domain
  • .gov, .mil, .us, or other country code (.uk) = government sites
  • .edu = educational sites
  • .org = Nonprofit organizations
  • .com = commercial & everything
  • But unregulated
evalution criteria
Evalution Criteria
  • Author or creator (check under About or Contact)
  • Date of creation/update
  • Footnotes, bibliography, references, or evidence
  • Active links (for additional info &/or reference)

Wiki-warning

personal pages
Personal Pages
  • Personal names (Lbrown or samsmith) after % or ~
  • Creator’s credentials or authority
  • Know what you’re looking at
evaluation resources
Evaluation Resources
  • Consumer Report’s Webwatchhttp://www.consumerwebwatch.org/
  • Google
  • alexa for traffic info http://alexa.com/
trusted starting places
Trusted starting places
  • Infomine http://infomine.ucr.edu/
  • Librarian’s Index to the internet http://www.lii.org
  • Internet Public Library http://ipl.sils.umich.edu/
searching the web
Searching the Web
  • Free vs. fee
  • Visible vs. Invisible web (more visible now)
  • Not searching whole web
    • tool’s dbase
search tools
Search Engines

Spiders

Full-text & cache

Unevaluated

Subject Directories

Human selection

Organized by subject

Some abstracts/desc.

Meta Searches

1-stop shopping

Less control

Often exclude Google results

Databases

Mostly invisible

Thru Library Web

Dynamically generated (by you!)

Search tools
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From: Diablo Valley College, Identifying Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources, http://www.dvc.edu/library/libweb/primary_and_secondary_sources.htm

primary vs secondary
Primary vs. Secondary

What’s the difference?

Primary Sources:

  • Firsthand testimony or direct evidence
  • Contemporary accounts
  • Original documents

Secondary Sources:

  • A step removed from event or phenomenon
  • Provide interpretation of primary sources

Both come in a variety of formats

information cycle
Information Cycle
  • Timeline of Information Creation
thinking about primary sources
Thinking about Primary Sources
  • What are the primary materials of your own life?
primary resources what are they
Includes (but not limited to):

Addresses

Events

Pictorial works

Autobiographies

Eyewitness

Personal narratives

Correspondences

Interviews

Diaries

Letters

Speeches

Documents

Memoirs

Transcript

Evidence

Oral history

Primary Resources: What are they?
where are they sources for primary resources
Where are they?Sources for Primary Resources

Depends upon the format of the resource…

  • Start with background information
  • Library catalog
  • Archival Collections and Special Collections
  • Newspaper indexes or databases
  • Reference resources
primary resources online
Primary Resources Online
  • CSULA Library: What are Primary Sources? http://www.calstatela.edu/library/bi/hyu3/pswhat.htm
  • LA, Past, Present & Future
  • Historical Los Angeles Times (and other databases)
  • Los Angeles Public Library Photo Archive
resources
Resources
  • Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask (http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html)
  • Searching the Internet (http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html)