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
Art AND college
Art AND school
This will find records pertaining to art colleges and art schools.
Teens involved in car accidents – search for – Teens OR adolescents AND car accidents
Using OR between search terms
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 StringA 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.
you will save time…
and be more successful in obtaining the results you need!
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
C – Credibility
A – Accuracy
S - Support
Misspellings, faulty links, messy appearance
Out-of-date or undated information, expired links, inaccurate or overly generalized information, biased information
Manipulative or emotional language, one-sided information, a conflict of interest between the source and the objectivity of the information.
Lack of documentation of claims, information that contradicts other reliable sources of information, positions on issues that you already know to be faulty.
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 –
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!
Hunt You Down???
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