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Search the catalog to find out what books, journals, newspapers, videos, maps, CDs, music, etc., the library owns.
To find a book, begin by conducting a Keyword search our your topic. Analyze your topic or research question and break it down into its key concepts, which becomes the Keyword search. Once you have found a record for an item that looks useful, click on a Subject Heading to retrieve other items with similar content.
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A. Search Engines/Portals
B. Criteria to consider when evaluating Web sites:
2. Objectivity: Why was the site created? Is the information presented with a minimum of bias? Is the site meant to persuade the reader?
3. Content: What is presented? Is the content focused, or does it stray all over the place? Is the site appropriate for research/scholarly purposes? Is the design of the site more important than the content?
4. Accuracy: Does the site feature a list of sources, or bibliography, or links to other similar sites? Are other authorities cited?
5. Currency: Is the web site current? Is it currently being maintained? Is there indication of when it was last updated anywhere on the page?
Scientists communicate and document their research in a very specific way.
The scientific journal article (peer-reviewed article, primary literature) is designed to allow each reader to critically evaluate the content.
All the information needed to evaluate the conclusion is included in the article. In addition, most scientific journals are peer-reviewed.
Standard for ComparisonWhen you use other sources of information, ask yourself how the source compares to a journal article.
If it doesn't have the built-in checks and authority of a journal article, what advantages does it have that make it worth using instead of a journal article?
* TIP: When using a web site for research, print a copy of the first page for verification. Web sites come and go easily!
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Last updated: 9/12/11 le, contact Laura Eiford for assistance, 291-3843.