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ENC 1102 - Nolasco (Ybor City): Smart Googling

Resources for your research paper.

Google tips and specialized searching

Google Web Search

Get tips for how to Search on Google (link opens to a help screen, in the same window).

Try these other Google pages for advanced search, videos, and images:

Website Evaluation

Think carefully about the sources you are finding and using. Apply the C.R.A.A.P. detection model

    * Currency - How recent is the information?

    * Reliability - What kind of information is included in the resource? Is it balanced? Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

    * Authority - Who is the creator or author? Who is the publisher or sponsor?  What is the author's or publisher's interest (if any) in this information?

    * Accuracy - Is the content readable? Is the content truthful? Is the content correct?

    * Purpose/Point of View - Is this fact or opinion?  Is the creator/author trying to sell you something; persuade you about something?

What about Wikipedia?

Wikipedia... helpful, but not perfect!  

 

A research article about Wikipedia and disinformation: 

  • Kumar, Srijan, Robert West, and Jure Leskovec. "Disinformation on the Web: Impact, Characteristics, and Detection of Wikipedia Hoaxes." Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on World Wide Web. International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee, 2016. [Available at http://cs.umd.edu/~srijan/pubs/hoax-www16.pdf]

What's Especially Helpful in Wikipedia

Wikipedia can give you quick background for your own knowledge and help you orient yourself to a topic if you know nothing about it

You can get ideas for search terms and key words to use in searching library tools.

While most professors will not accept Wikipedia as a cited source, the links at the end of the article (pointing to sources that the writer consulted) may lead you to sources you may cite.