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Trying to research a topic online can be frustrating - there is so much information! This video series will give you strategies you can use to make sure the material you're spending time researching is relevant and credible. It will also show you how to recognize bias and propaganda in your research.
Effective Internet Search: Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies (27:38):
This video introduces strategic, study-related online search methods that teenage or college-level viewers may not be familiar with, especially if they are accustomed to the more recreational side of the Internet. Outlining ways to formulate initial questions about a topic, the program offers examples of frequently used search engines (from google to specialized databases) and how to take advantage of them using keywords, quotation marks, Boolean operators, nesting, wildcard and truncation symbols, and other typed-in directives.
Recognizing Online Propaganda, Bias & Advertising (23:04):
This video explores ways to identify bias and propaganda on the Internet and sift through the various influences, such as political or corporate interests, that may be behind some web content.
Plagiarism 2.0: Information Ethics in the Digital Age (21:36):
This video examines the behaviors that constitute plagiarism, their consequences, and the best ways to avoid them. Common citation formats (APA, MLA, etc.) are listed along with the suggestion that the student confer with her or her instructor about them.
Visit the library's Research Tutorial guide with additional information on these topics.
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