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Researching Online

 

question_mark_diceThere is a wealth of information online from every possible point of view. How do you, as a researcher, determine which sites are credible? Which sites can you trust to cite in your inquiry?

 

 

 

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 Start with a few simple questions……

Who is posting the information?

…………………………..business, media outlet, university, individual, non-profit organization

Why are they posting the information?

……………..to inform, to persuade, to sell, to share an opinion, to demonstrate a function

CLUES:

1) Read the URL to determine the server name and the domain name:

                                         .gov, .org, .edu, .com, .net, ~bates, .ca, .au, .uk

2) Check the publisher: header/footer, contact us/link to home page or author

3) Google the pieces of information to find out more

4) Use the link command to check the credibility of the site. In Google, type link:webaddress

PRACTICE:

New evidence reveals that saturated fat does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease

http://www.dairynutrition.ca/scientific-evidence/experts-summaries/new-evidence-reveals-that-saturated-fat-does-not-increase-the-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease

TEST YOUR SKILLS:

A. Which website has the most trustworthy information?

Enchanted Learning: Explorers               All About Explorers

B. Which of these websites would you cite in a research paper on Victorian era inventions?

Mechanical Marvels of the Nineteenth Century         Victorian Inventions  

Google

How Google Search Works

Google’s Tips and Tricks

 ACCESS CREDIBLE WEBSITES:  search online databases.

Too often, students restrict their searches to websites freely available on the internet. Some of best resources are not free. Subscriptions must be paid. Schools and libraries purchase subscriptions for students to use. The best ones can be found on your school library and public library websites.

GOOD SPIRIT SCHOOL DIVISION SCHOOL LIBRARY PAGES

PARKLAND REGIONAL LIBRARY