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  1. Day 7: Google and JSTOR • Vague Search Terms • Misspelled Words • Poor Techniques for Examining the Website “Teens Struggle to Find Accurate, Useful Information Online.” Health and Medicine Week (Nov. 10, 2003): 15-17. University of Michigan research study found that teenagers do poorly when researching on the internet. Top three reasons:

  2. Junior Research 2006 • ACTIVELY read the webpage interfaces for the rules of notice • Constantly refine your search vocabulary • Understand the criteria of quality for evaluating sources To be successful in these goals you must be able to:

  3. General Internet: Google JSTOR To fill gaps in your research by searching for specific information To search the two sources listed and understand their rules of notice Day 7 Sources Goals

  4. Day 7 Activities • Evaluating Websites • Searching for quality websites: Google Advanced Search • JSTOR: scholarly database with Google-type interface • EasyBib: Entering websites and journals

  5. Rule of Notice: Website url Examine the url to help judge the quality of a site. Below are examples of personal page indicators: geocities tripod angelfire users people ~ .net .cjb friendpages students members freewebs

  6. Rule of Notice: Indicators of website credibility/authority • Click on the link below and examine the document in relation to the Day 4 handout, “Criteria for Determining Quality.” What organization sponsors this site? See the list of sources at the end of this document; how would you characterize these sources? Who is the intended audience for this document? Personal pages are generally not as credible or substantive as .gov .mil and .edu domains

  7. Rule of Notice: Indicators of website credibility/authority • Click on this link and backtrack the url (remove everything after the last slash) to get information about the author: • “Google” your author’s name—enclose in quotations—to discover other things he has written and organizations with which he is affiliated Investigate the author’s credentials

  8. Rule of Notice: “About Us” • Backtrack to this organization’s home page and click “About Us” to determine possible bias: • Tip: Print the “About Us” page and incorporate this information into your annotated bibliography where you evaluate the source .org (organizations) sites can have accurate—though sometimes biased—information.

  9. Vocabulary • Domain—category or type of web page (e.g., .gov, .com) which often indicates something about the page’s originator

  10. Rule of Notice: Google Advanced Search Use Google Advanced Search to obtain higher quality websites. Use specific vocabulary for your search terms as you should be at the point where you are looking for particular information:

  11. Rule of Notice: Compare Google and ProQuest interfaces • Both allow you to search various fields and to limit using “Advanced Search” • Both provide fulltext (though not all of ProQuest is fulltext) • Google does not have subject headings • Google does not have abstracts • Google results list is in relevance order with no alternative method to sort

  12. Rule of Notice: Basic Search JSTOR • Go to the GBN magazines and newspapers page and click on JSTOR • Note the “Quick Tips” at the bottom of this “Basic Search” page; this indicates you will be searching the entire record…similar to basic Google search JSTOR is a 100% fulltext database whose articles are all scholarly

  13. Rule of Notice: Advanced Search JSTOR • Note the ways you can cluster your search terms…similar to Google advanced search • Note the fields you can search…some similar to Google; others similar to ProQuest Go to JSTOR “Advanced Search”

  14. Summary: Rules of Notice • Website url • Indicators of website credibility/authority • “About Us” • Basic Searching • Advanced Searching

  15. EasyBib • Websites from Google • Journals from JSTOR Consult EasyBib Tip Sheet to correctly cite