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Internet Research - Study Guide. Read and Apply Your Textbook To Answer These Questions.

1. What is the Internet?  How does it relate to the World Wide Web?

2. Why are free journals not a prominent feature in the academic world?

3. What's the difference between a scholarly search engine and ordinary search engines?  What are the names of some scholarly search engines, and what do they provide?

4. What are a few of the top search engines on the Net?

5. What are "subject trees" on the Internet, and how can they help you?

6. What are Internet portals, and how can they help you?

7. What is the Hidden Internet?  How do you find information within it?

8. What are the key means by which you can evaluate the quality of information on Internet sites?  What should you check first when evaluating a website?  Why is more evaluation required for Internet sites than for regularly published books and articles?

Internet Detective: Use This Free Internet Tutorial To Learn To Discern The Good, The Bad and The Ugly For Your Online Research.

  • Internet Detective
    The tutorial is divided into the following sections:

    What's the Story? – understand the advanced Internet skills required for university and college work.
    The Good the Bad and the Ugly – see why information quality is an issue on the web, especially for academic research. Learn how to avoid time wasting on Internet searching, scams and hoaxes.
    Detective Work – get hints and tips that help to critically evaluate the information you find on the Internet.
    Get On the Case – try out your Internet Detective skills with these practical exercises.
    Keep the Right Side of the Law – be warned about plagiarism, copyright and citation.


1. Try a search on Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com), using the topic: The March 2011 Tsunami in Japan.  Identify 6 journal articles or academic websites that are relevant to this topic.

2. Answer the following questions, using one of these search engines: Google, Bing, Yahoo! Search, or Ask.com.  In each case indicate the keywords you searched with and URL(s) of the sites(s) that had the answer:

a. Where did the saying coming from: "It takes a village to raise a child?"  Can you find authoritative evidence to demonstrate that this is the source?  How certain are you that the websites you looked at gave you an accurate answer?

b. The following is a real question asked by an academic library user.  Find the correct citation, including author, title, journal, volume number, data, and page numbers:

A professor here needs help clarifying a citation.  He already has a photocopy of the article, but needs to know the volume, issue, and date in which the piece was published.  The information we have is:  Author - Joachim Begrich, Title - Das priesterliche Heilsorakel, Journal - Zeitschrift fur die altestamentliche Wissenschaft (ZAW).

c. Find the website for "Skeptical Science."  What is the goal of this site?  What would lead you to believe that the credentials of the authors on this site are strong or weak?  What link did you use to find the list of authors?

d. The following quotation is plagiarized from a source on the Internet.  Identify the author and title of the original source:

"Jack the Ripper!  Few names in history are as instantly recognizable.  Fewer still evoke such vivid images: noisome courts and alleys, hansom cabs and gaslights, swirling fog, prostitutes decked out in the tawdriest of finery, the shrill cry of newboys - and silent, cruel death personified in the capeshrouded figure of a faceless prowler or the night, armed with a long knife and carrying a black Gladstone bag."

How easy/difficult was it to identify the quotation?  What does this tell you about the fate of those who plagiarize the Net when a keen professor suspects some of their words are not their own?  (Sorry to sound preachy, but it really is pretty easy to root out Internet plagiarists.)


Using The Internet For Research


Beyond Wikipedia and Google: Academic Research Tools on the Web


How To Evaluate A Website?


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