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Searching for Facts - Not Some Fairytale~!

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Stacy Holcombe

on 28 May 2016

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Transcript of Searching for Facts - Not Some Fairytale~!

Can you tell the difference?
Do You?
Do You?
Once Upon a Keyword...
Can you actually trust Wikipedia
for research?

Just the Facts!
Searching for Facts...
And along came wikipedia...
Not some fairytale...
But wikipedia is like an encycl
Anyone can publish a website.....
Is Wikipedia a source you can trust?
Do you?
Why Not Wikipedia?
When you use Wikipedia, do you check to see...

Who wrote the Wikipedia article?

How does he/she know the information?

What sources were used to write the article?

can register at Wikipedia and post content on a topic.
So....No More Wikipedia??

Wikipedia is
reliable resource.

It adds that it is "not a primary source" and because some articles may contain errors " you should not use Wikipedia to make critical decisions."

Wikipedia does have some limited uses in research. For example, at the bottom of a Wikipedia entry, you may locate links to credible sites and accurate information under
See also
You don't have to rely on Wikipedia!

You can find the information you need by using effective keyword searching techniques and learning to evaluate websites.
Look @ the "Dots."

Examine the website URL:

The Dots:

edu=educational institution
gov= US Government sponsored site
net=personal or other site, anything
com=commercial site
org=non-profit organization or association

Look behind the dots to learn the website domain (who hosts the website).

Using more specific keywords in a search engine, such as Google, will access more accurate results.

Use specific keywords related to your topic or research question.

Look at the "dots."

Evaluate the website.

Use specific keyword phrases relating to important terms and concepts in your research question or topic.
Sample research question..

Research question:

Are reality TV shows harmful to society?

Important Terms to Include in Google Search: Reality Television,Harmful, Society

Try using synonyms for important concepts in your keyword searches.

Try -

reality television

reality television
bad effects

reality television
negative impact

reality television
influence society

Use quotation marks to access results containing that EXACT keyword phrase.
"reality television" will help limit your search results to webpages with information about reality TV - not sitcoms, movies, fictional shows, etc
What "dots" may be more credible?

Try using the 5 W's for website evaluation.


Who is the author?
What are his/her credentials?
Who published the website?
If you Google his name, what
can you learn?


What information is presented?
What is the purpose of the site?
Is the info complete?
Does it appear one sided or biased?


Where does the information come from?Are there active links to other sites?
Does the webpage include a list references sources?


Is the info current?
When was the site created?
When was the website last updated?


Why is this website posted? Is the purpose to inform?
Does the site sell anything?
Does it present well-rounded information and relevant facts?

When you use effective research skills, you can
have your happy ending!

It will happen!
Just remember to search for facts - not for some


Use effective keyword searching techniques to access relevant information.
Look at the "dots' to determine what type of website you are viewing.
Wikipedia articles are not always accurate or reliable.
Use the 5 W's to evaluate the website for accuracy and credibility.

When using a search engine like Google....
admits its information is secondhand and can contain errors!
Wikipedia says, “We do not expect you to trust us.”
Should Wikipedia be a resource used for research?
By using the 5 W's as a checklist for website evaluation, you will develop the skills needed to measure the accuracy, credibility, and relevancy of the information you access online.
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