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					     & Beyond
Using the Web
 for Research
         Workshop overview
          Types of search tools
                Search engines
                Metasearch engines
                Subject directories

          Evaluating the information you find




Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         True or False Quiz
          It’s all on the Web                                                                 False
          Everything is free on the Web                                                       False
          Google is the best search tool                                                      False
          Search engines can retrieve                                                         False
           everything on the Web
          The Web is useful for research                                                    True




Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Search engines
          Advantages
                Easy to use
                Indexes millions of pages
                Good for narrowly-defined info
                Increasingly powerful search features

          Limitations
                Searchingwithout evaluation
                Overwhelming results


Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         General search engines




Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Searching tips in Google
          Find synonyms by using ~
          Use OR in uppercase
          “ ” will retrieve “exact phrases”
          Limit to a particular domain by typing
           site:
           ex: brownfields.epa.gov
          Use define: to find definitions of a
           potential research term
           ex: define:pandemic

Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Searching tips in Google
      Notice how the number of hits decreases as
      quotation marks and the words in title and
      site:edu are added:

mark twain                                            over 11 million hits
"mark twain"                                           over 8 million hits
intitle:"mark twain"                                   over 300,000 hits
intitle:"mark twain" site:edu                                             11,200 hits!
Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Metasearch engines
          Advantages
                Search various search engines
                 simultaneously (one-stop shop)
                Provide one list of results
                Can avoid duplication
                Can provide additional ideas

          Limitations
                Each          search engine indexes differently

Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Metasearch engines




Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Subject directories
          Advantages
                Sitesare organized by category
                Allow you to browse
                Better quality results
                Compiled by human editors
                Useful starting points to explore topics

          Limitations
                Smaller, not useful for precise info
                Various classification structures
Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Subject directories




Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         How to select a search tool
          Depends on the following criteria:
                Complexity  of your search
                Scope of your topic
                Time you can devote to searching
                Type of information needed
                Your knowledge of the topic




Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Which tool do I use?
         Search Engine v. Subject Directory
            BMW of America’s corporate Web site
            Info on climate change
            Book reviews of a recent novel
            Copy of Canada’s Copyright Act
            Info about the Maori of New Zealand
            Opposing viewpoints on abortion

Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Evaluation criteria


                     Currency
                     Authority
                     Comparison
                     Corroboration




Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         And remember…
          Check our Web site and handout rack
           for more info
         http://depts.alverno.edu/library/rbsinfol
           itpage/researchtools.html




Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         And remember…
          Remember to mix and match
                Search tools (search engines, directories)
                Search strategies (try different words)

          Do not rely solely on the Web




Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         And remember…
          Useful print resources:
           Searching & researching on the
           Internet & the World Wide Web
           AC General 025.04 H333 2005

             IssueWeb: a guide and
             sourcebook for researching
             controversial issues on the Web
             AC REF 025.524 D542
Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Google Scholar
          How serious is your research?
          Strongest in the scientific, technical,
           and medical (STM) disciplines




Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Google Scholar
          Content is sparse and uneven
          Most records in a Google Scholar
           search—typically 80 percent or
           more—are citation-only




Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)
         Google Scholar
          What other libraries are saying:
           The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and
           Georgia State University post excellent
           Google Scholar FAQ’s:

         http://www.library.unlv.edu/help/goo
           glescholar.html

         http://www.library.gsu.edu/googlesch
           olar/faq.asp

Google & Beyond: Using the Web for Research (adapted from Patrick Labelle, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada)

				
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