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Researching Tools RCHS

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Connie Joyce

on 26 February 2015

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Transcript of Researching Tools RCHS

How Do I Research?
Use Your Online
Catalog to Find Books

RCHS Library Web Site
http://cougarlibrary.com
What's an online database?
previously printed articles
books
magazines
newspapers
academic journals
Reliable
Credible
RCHS Databases
RCHS Library Web Site
http://cougarlibrary.com
What Else Is There For Me?
RC Public Library
http://rcpl.lib.ca.us

Internet Credibility
Wikipedia
catalog
here
Place search
term here
Type of
resource
Original
pub. info.
GET THIS
DOWN!
Find information,
then Databases
JUNIORS AND
SENIORS!
CONTROVERSIAL
ISSUE TOPICS!
Wiki =
Web site that allows
users to add and update
content on the site
"So are you saying I can
NEVER use Wikipedia???"
NOPE!
Use for preliminary research
and personal/pop culture use.
Anyone can
edit articles!
WHOA!!!!
Check out what's available on your topic!
Description
call
number
title
call
number
So, is that it?
But, wait, there's more!
THE INTERNET!
click
here
URL
Description
Be WARY!
No publishing requirements
No background checks
Not necessarily scrutinized
Three reasons to evaluate:
Biased web sites
Inaccurate or false info.
Personal web sites
So, "How do I evaluate a web site?"
Who is the author(s)? Credibility? Credentials?
Affiliation?
Any ads?
Works cited
Personal web site?
You can buy your own domain.
putyournamehere.com
It's still a personal web site!
Another hint that can help you:
Domain name—refers to the root of the Internet address (ex. facebook.com)
com (commercial or private)
net (usu. Internet organization)
org (non-profit organization)
edu (educational or research)
gov (government)
mil (military)
Others are often telling where the site is located (.uk, .au, .us, etc.)
Found a credible web site?
Write down the following for Works Cited:
Author(s)
URL (http:// . . . )
Title of page
Title of website (go to home)
Date of “publication”
Date accessed
Can You Use This Web Site?
Orwell's 1984 and Matters of Metaphysics and Epistemology
http://www.sheboyganfalls.k12.wi.us/schools/highschool/academics/englishdept/apweb/beth.htm
Prodeathpenalty.com
The Ketzels
ketzel.com
American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerBasics/
signs-and-symptoms-of-cancer
So, can you use this web site?
NO!
Student essay
but look at
Beth's sources.
So, can you use this web site?
NO! This is a
biased site.
So, can you use this web site?
No! Personal
web site.
Also plagiarized
and a copyright
violation!
"Information is from various Frost biographical references, though relies heavily on . . . "
Plagiarism! Didn't give credit to other sources.
Copyright violation! Didn't reprint with permission.
So, can you use this web site?
YES!!!!
Health
organization
When in doubt, ask your teacher
or the lovely librarian!
But never assume.
Examples of "Editing"
Senators Joe Biden (DE) and Dianne Feinstein (CA) were caught changing their biographical information.
Microsoft tried to cover up the XBOX 360 failure rate.
MySpace removes paragraph when their website was hacked.
Coca Cola removes negative content about its effects.
MSN Search added that they are “a major competitor to Google.”
What if your teacher says it's okay?
Check articles for source citations.
Use the sources and links in the articles.
Excellent
resource!
password:
ranc_log
user name: rancho
password: facts
password:
rccougars
Don't forget!
Type of
article
Subject Search.
Think of terms to use:
Choose a synonym--
Capital punishment vs. death penalty
Broaden the term--
Education vs. home schooling
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