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Research in the 21st Century (2)

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Research in the 21st Century Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University. Picture by Henry Trotter, 2005. Simon Shek / Flickr.com Why Evaluate What You Find on the Internet? Anyone can put up a Web page - about anything
Many pages are not kept up-to-date
No quality control
Web Evaluation Techniques: Scan the perimeter of the page Can you tell who wrote it?
name of page author
organization, institution, agency you recognize
e-mail contact by itself not enough
Is there a reason for a bias?
Parent Company/ organization?
Who created the site? Credentials for the subject matter?
Look for links to: "About us" "Philosophy" "Background" "Biography" Is it recent or current enough?
Look for "last updated" date - usually at bottom of page Web Evaluation Techniques: Indicators of quality Sources Documented
links, footnotes, citations - as detailed as print publications?
do the links work? Links to other resources
biased, slanted? Web Evaluation Techniques: Does it all add up? Why was the page put on the Web?
inform with facts and data?
explain, persuade?
sell, entice?
share, disclose?
as a parody or satire (joke)? Is it appropriate for your purpose? How has research changed in the 21st Century? Conducting a simple [Google] Search Entering Keywords:
Type subject keywords into the search box and press 'enter' or hit 'search' button. Combining Keywords:
Google searches for ALL the words that you enter in the search box.
Example: If you type in 'What is child poverty?', Google will search for all pages that contain the words What AND is AND child AND poverty.

We can target the search by simply using Child Poverty. Phrase Search:
By placing quotes around a set of words, you are telling Google to consider the exact words in that exact order without any change.
Google already uses the order and the fact that the words are together, so the use of quotes may limit a search.
Example: "Alexander Bell" may limit pages that refer to Alexander G. Bell. Search within a Specific Site:
Google allows you to specify that your results must come from a given site.
Example: topic site:.gov - results will only generate government websites.

Iraq site:nytimes.com will return pages about Iraq but only from nytimes.com.

Iraq site:.gov will return results from a .gov domain

Iraq site:.iq will return results only from Iraqi sites.

Iraq site:.edu will return results from a .edu domain What is a Domain Name?
Domain Name System, or DNS, is the most recognized system for assigning addresses to Internet web servers, or "Internet hosts".

Domain name is NOT the same as a URL: a domain name is part of a larger Internet address called a "URL"

Examples:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/19/books/19potter.html

http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~hsdept/chsi.html What is a Domain Extension?
.com: commercial
.net: network
.edu: education
.k12: schools (American Revolution k12)
.gov: government
.org: organization
.mobi: mobile (reserved for websites built for easy viewing on mobile devices)
.biz: business websites Give Credit when Credit is Due ANY material that is NOT YOURS must be cited
Information from a Web page
Pictures/ Images
Music

www.citationmachine.net
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