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Web Search Strategies

Web Search Strategies
The Web may seem like a vast ocean when it comes to finding something you need. Thankfully, search engines can help turn oceans of information into small pools that make finding information easier. Before we dive in, let’s talk a bit about how search works on the Web. Search engines go out and try to account for every word on every webpage. When you search for a word, the search engine finds all the pages where the word appears, and displays them in the search results. The problem is that there are often too many results. Say you’re looking for a specific kind of fish, and these represent all the websites on the Web. Try to imagine the exact fish and describe it in the search box. But to be a smart searcher, you should know some basic shortcuts. Here’s another shortcut. To remove the results about hair, place a hyphen or minus sign just before the word you want to exclude, which means “show me the pages about mullet, but take away results relating to hair.” Related:  Student Resources

Ultimate Guide To Quotation Marks & Punctuation If you have a blog or if you’ve just started out writing, you know that there are a lot of rules you have to learn in order to master the English language. Today’s blogs usually use a language based on slang and made up words in order to stand out. It’s one way to avoid having to properly write English which people don’t get annoyed about when trying to take in what you want to share. It’s not so hard to pick up the correct way of writing things, but it is a long process since you have to practice it over and over again in order for it to become a habit. It’s an infographic that will guide you through the different ways you can use quotation marks and punctuation in your writing, and how you can do it the right way.

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Listen A Minute: Easier English Listening and Activities 4 Great Online Citation Tools For Students (for MLA, APA, or Chicago Manual of Style citation styles) Guest post by Johnamarie Macias This time of year, many students are knee-deep in writing papers and other assignments that may require citing sources. One thing is for sure: few students enjoy creating citations in the required citation styles. Following are several online citation builders that are geared towards helping students with the main academic citation styles: American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA), and Chicago Manual of Style. The Son of Citation Machine is a great aid for writing a research papers and assignments. North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries developed the Citation Builder. KnightCite is maintained by the Hekman Library at Calvin College, Michigan. Lastly, BibMe is a free auto-fill bibliographic generator that will format your bibliography to the main citation styles. If you have other great citation apps you like to use, please comment and share them with other readers. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post

Google Research Tool ToolZeit - Google Research Tool Hide Player ToolZeit – Google Research Tool What’s it do? Google Research Tool is an easy way to add web information and images to your Docs and Slides. Basic Features Search the web within your document or presentation for information, images and maps. Insert into the document with a click and include a citation. You can limit searches to be limited based on Creative Commons License. How do you see it being used by an educator or student? Google Research Tool is another great reason why teachers and students should use Google Drive for their general wordprocessing and presentation needs. How we rate it: Ease of Use (How easy is it to learn and get started? Looks/Aesthetics/Design (How does it look.) – 5 Editing/Customization/Feature set (Can you make it work the way you want it? Bang for the buck (Is it cost effective? Educational Value (Meets the needs of teachers and/or students in or out of the classroom) - 5 Overall Rating – 5 Cost – Free Links To access the tool:

Plagiarism You have something in common with the smartest people in the world. You see, everyone has ideas. We use our minds to create something original, whether it’s a poem, a drawing, a song, or a scientific paper. Some of the most important ideas are published and make it into books, journals, newspapers and trustworthy websites that become the building blocks for things we all learn. But ideas are also very personal, and we need dependable ways to keep track of the people behind the ideas we use because they deserve credit for their contribution, just as you do if someone uses your idea. Passing off another person’s ideas or words as your own, without credit, is called plagiarism. Meet Cassie, a university student. She’s not the kind of person who would plagiarize by turning in someone else’s work, but she is aware that plagiarism can happen accidentally, so she follows some basic rules: Second, she’s careful to use only her own words when she’s not quoting directly.

UNST FRINQ Guide for Student Research - Research Guides You might not be searching in the best database for your topic. If you're using a database for a specific subject (education, psychology, etc.) you might want to try using a multidisciplinary database like Academic Search Premier or even Google Scholar. In some cases, you may want to try searching in a database that specializes in a certain subject, because it includes more journals that might publish articles on your topic. Be flexible and be prepared to try using several different databses. You may not be using good search terms. You might have put in too many search terms. You might have used too many limiters. The topic on which you're searching might be too narrow. In some cases though, you may need to broaden your topic.

How to Determine Website Credibility Our World Wide Web is a living, breathing, and constantly expanding phenomenon. We often wonder how much information is being produced, and infographics like this one from Domo can give us a fairly solid visual idea of what’s being created and uploaded regularly. Personally, we think Mitchell Kapor said it more eloquently than anyone: “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” This rapid exponential growth of information across the Web makes it all the more difficult to assess the credibility of our sources. As teachers of critical thinking skills, it’s important for us to provide guidelines for students to use when searching for content to use in their projects. Whether for citations or research, our students need a strong grasp of Information Fluency for use in determining website credibility. You can view their evaluation presentation here. Get the latest acticles straight to your inbox.