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ENGL 100 Freyberg Alone Together: Websites

Where do Internet Sources Come From?

Evaluate your results by considering:

  • Who is the author or publisher?  Who put this information on the Internet?
  • What is on the page? Are there lots of advertisements? Are there mis-spellings? 
  • When was it written? 
  • Where is their information coming from?  Do they provide references?
  • Why is it posted? Is it there to inform? To sell you something? 

Google!

Three ways to Google:

1.  Advanced Google Search

  • On this advanced page you can use this: "Search within a site or domain" to limit your search to .edu and .org
  • Use quotation marks for phrases like "human computer interaction"
  • Always be critical! Information from a .edu or a .org should be approached critically, too!

2. Google Scholar

  • It's powerful, like a cross between Google and a database
  • It's a bit frustrating, because most of the articles are not available "full-text"
  • Solution: articles that have "PDF" on the right side of screen often are "full-text"
  • Another Solution: E-mail me the article's citation (the main information about the article) and I'll try to find it

3.  Google News

  • News sources from around the world
  • Good for getting current articles on recent news

Great websites!

  • A book review of Alone Together from the New York Times, January 21, 2011.