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Transcript of Digital Autodidacts
Consider Your Keywords and Search Strings
Six Simple Strategies for Self-Guided (re)Searchers
BEWARE YOUR OWN BIASES
If you Google,
Use Search Engines
specific to your topic
Internet Public Library
Break out of The Filter Bubble
Healthcare reform law
Affordable Care Act
What if you search for:
The exclamation mark (!) finds a root word plus all the terms made by adding letters to the end of it.
finds "legislative," "legislation" "legislator," "legislate."
The asterisk (*) holds one space for a character in a word or word in a phrase.
"Remember, remember the * of *."
"edit* content" finds "edited" and "editable" content
"run% finds ran, runs or running"
The percent sign (%) finds word forms
"better than _keyword_"
"reminds me of _keyword_"
"similar to _keyword_"
Find things you'll like
Wiki's "complete" list of
academic databases and search engines
US Government Library of Congress
(metasearch specific parts of Internet)
(time-specific searches of changed or lapsed pages)
Scirus (for scientific information)
"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself- and you are the easiest person to fool."
Oswald & Grosjean 2004, p 82–83
Any search for evidence in favor of a hypothesis is likely to succeed.
We set higher standards of evidence for hypotheses that go against our current expectations.
Taber & Milton 2006 p. 755–769
TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
“We found that a website’s layout or content almost didn’t even matter to the students. What mattered is that it was the number one result on Google."
Eszter Hargittai, University of Chicago
International Journal of Communication
"Assessing the Credibility of Online Sources"
"Crap Detection: a 21st Century Literacy"
Use the Internet like a detective
follow along: bit.ly/RhetProf16
How reliable is the source of the claim?
Does the source make similar claims?
Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
Does this fit with the way the world works?
Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
Are personal beliefs driving the claim?
Carl Sagan's “Baloney Detection Kit”