STEP 3: Finding Web Sites and Evaluating Information
What are search engines and why are they useful?
Search engines are giant databases that help provide subject access to the Web. The Web is too big for any search engine to index all of it. There are many search engines available and it is a good idea to use more than one if you are doing research. Google is a useful search engine to begin a search. The Google Web Directory and category listings can help refine and limit your search for Web sites on a particular topic.
|How to use Google
11. Use Google to find two Web sites on your topic. List the title and the Uniform Resource Locator (URL or web address) for each. The URL (uniform resource locator) will NOT contain the word "Google"
With so much information available from so many sources, it is very important to critically evaluate information to find high quality resources. Use the following criteria to evaluate information you find:
12. Using the evaluation criteria
listed above in question 11,
compare any two of the information resources you have found for this exercise
(periodical article, encyclopedia article, book or Web site). Is one a better information resource
for academic research than the other? Why? Was one more useful in
meeting your information need? Why?
You are almost finished...
|Congratulations! You are finished with the exercise. We hope you have learned more about using the library and the Internet for academic research!|
|How to learn more. When it comes to
learning about finding information and doing research, this exercise covers just the tip
of the iceberg. Use the following to expand your knowledge and become more
This exercise can be reprinted from the Web. Go to http://library.weber.edu/il, click on English 2010 and print Steps 1, 2 and 3 and Research Techniques (page 2) to get entire exercise.
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