By the end of the section, you'll be able to do the following:
Identify different types of internet resources
Know when to use Google Vs. Google Scholar
Develop better searching strategies
Types of Resources:
We live in the information age, and thanks to search engines like Bing, Yahoo, and Google we have many types of resources literally at our fingertips. However, not all of these resources can be trusted. Anyone who has access to the Internet can also upload both correct and incorrectinformation. As an information consumer, it is your job to become informed about the different types of informaton resources available on the internet.
Any web site that ends in a suffix with a "Yes" in the last column above can be owned by an individual and therefore is not a trustworhty source for an academic paper unless that individual is an expert on the topic.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. (2012). Registry listing. Retrieved from:
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. (2012). Welcome to ICANN! Retrieved from:
Internet research can be tricky simply because there are so many resources out there. Google can make things easier or it can be extremely frustrating depending on whether your research question is simple (what is insomnia) or complex (information on how feminism is portrayed in post world war II literature). For simple questions, Google is a good place to start. You can simply type your question into the Google search box or for more targeted results you can use some of tricks demonstrated in the video.
For more complex research questions, Google Scholar is a great resource for finding topical information from articles and books. Because the searches work differently, you can find information here that is owned by your library but does not come up when you search the library catalog or databases. This is also a great way to find items to request through interlibrary loan.
There are several other resources on the Internet that can help you find more scholarly resources for those complex research questions: