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Effective Internet Research

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Michael Ungar

on 25 August 2016

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Transcript of Effective Internet Research

Make sure you are referencing
correctly to avoid plagiarism
Now that you have found the reliable and authoritative site you need, what are you going to do?
1. Copy and paste the sections I need for my paper and put my name on the top of the page and I am done!
2. Throw in a bunch of quotes, put my name on the top of the page, and I am done!
3. Ok, I'll copy and paste, but heck I know that I need to change some of the words here and there to my own.

Google is not the only online search tools
Effective Internet Research
What information do I need?
Before you start...
Search techniques...
Best practices for evaluation of websites
How can I access the information?
Where can I get the information?
Search engines
Single search...
Compile their own indexes of information on the web
A single interface to a number of other search engines
I got this . . . all the information I need is just a click away.
Academically focused directories give access to sources that have been selected by humans - rather than crawled and indexed automatically by machine as is the case with the large search engines.
Subject Gateways...
Password protected?
Think about...
spelling variations
By the end of the session...
Use the Library website as a starting point to all internet research
Develop a search strategy when doing internet research
Use search engines to effectively find information

for an assignment
Use other academic databases and websites to search for information

as evidence for an assignment
Evaluate and judge the reliability of websites and the information they contain
related terms
(theatre / theater)
alien effect / verfremdungseffeck
theatre / play / drama
To Assess the Reliability of a Website You Need to Get REAL

“Double Quotes”
Putting phrases within “double quotes”
tells the computer that you are searching for an exact phrase.
epic theatre
How to exclude terms
Putting a minus sign (-) before a word will exclude it from your search to refine your results.
The OR operator
Putting ‘or’ between two search terms or keywords will find either or both of your words.
Fill in the blanks
Also called the wildcard, you can use an asterisk (*) in place of any unknown words to find the best match
(theatre OR theater)
"epic theatre"
A particular file type
To restrict the search to a particular type of file, e.g. PowerPoint presentation, PDF files or Word document
URL (web address) - inurl:theatre
Find my search terms in...
Multiple search terms must be in URL - allinurl:epic theatre
Title - intitle:epic theatre / allintitle:epic theatre
Domain - site:ac.uk
(will retrieve items from any .ac.uk site)
Credibility of the author?
What information does the source contain?
Is it balanced / one sided?
Who wrote the site?
Biased or impartial?
Just because the site looks good, doesn't mean it is good.
Credibility of the author?
Are they reputable and authoritative?
Who sponsors
the site?
Contact details?
Backed up with reference?
How current?
Planning is vital
" * epic theatre"
Free doesn't mean
What's Wrong With Wikipedia?
1. You must never fully rely on any one source for important information
2. You especially can’t rely on something when you don’t even know who wrote it.
3. Sometimes “vandals” create malicious entries that go uncorrected for months.
4. It says so on Wikipedia. The site says, “We do not expect you to trust us.” It adds that it is “not a primary source” and that “because some articles may contain errors,” you should “not use Wikipedia to make critical decisions.”

Meet Your Sources . . . .
Karen Sanchez-Guerrero earned her bachelor's degree in History from Harvard University and her Ph.D in Latin American Studies from U.C. Berkeley. Her research focuses on modern Latin American history and cultural theory. She is the author of
Spain and Her Colonies
The Legacy of Slavery in the Caribbean
as well as 18 published articles on the politics of Latin America. She is past-president of the American Historical Association and has taught at the University of Texas, Austin and Princeton University.
Nat K. dropped out of college to pursue his passion for the kazoo. He likes to go bowling and has traveled to Latin America, well at least he spent a week in Cancun, Mexico during Spring Break. He stopped taking Spanish in 10th grade, but enjoys searching for the best burrito in the Mission. He reads Buzzfeed and Barking Robot for the latest news. His friends think he has "a lot to say about stuff."
You just opened your browser to begin your research for the Latin American revolutions assignment. Describe the first three steps you take.
How do you go from Argh! to Awesome!?
Lowell High School
Library Website
Read the URL & Evaluate domain
.edu (K-12)


ead the URL
xamine the Content
sk About the Author/ Owner
ook at the

Ask About the Author and Owner
Go to EasyWhoIs &
Enter the Domain Name
Now that You Have Identified a Reliable and Authoritative Source, how are you going to use it?
Know when you are crossing into PLAGIARISM territory
Can you explain how Wikipedia works? How does all
that information get there? I thought Denis Diderot
was long gone . . . ? (I hope this would "Enlighten-up" our discussion)
With that said, there is nothing wrong with

your research on Wikipedia. You can often find general background about your topic and references to other
(and better) sources. Yes, even your teacher uses it
. . . sssh

Just don't make it your ONLY source and never, never, never, never, never, never, never cite Wikipedia in
your papers (or Google, or Answers.com, etc.).
Are they trying to sell me
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the act of stealing ideas, language and in
formation and passing them off as one’s own.
Although research requires us to refer to another
person’s ideas, we must reference these ideas and give
credit to the sources where we found this information.
What does it mean to paraphrase?
Putting someone else’s ideas into your own
words. You must always cite the source.
let's practice . . . .
Let's Test Ourselves
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