Internet Research Assignment
Class Discussion Questions
What to look for when searching a website:
ð Who is the author?
ð Who sponsors the site?
ð Is there a political motive to the site?
ð Has the website been edited (are there many errors)?
ð Has the site been updated?
ð Is it a .edu, .com, .org?
ð Is the source reliable?
1. Imagine this: You are researching a controversial issue like gun control, and you find a crumpled up piece of paper in a street gutter. The paper is handwritten, and it begins, "Ten Facts about Gun Control." You don't know who wrote it, and there is no mention of where the facts come from. Would you use this as part of your research? Why or why not?
2. Sometimes there is no official author on a website, but the page is connected to an institution or organization that has a good reputation. Here's an example. [http://www.drugabuse.gov/researchreports/nicotine/nicotine2.html#what] Who is the sponsoring organization?
3. If you don't know who wrote the page or if you can't verify the author's credentials or the author isn't connected to a reputable institution or organization, what should you do?
4. Check out the web page about a famous rapper [http://www.snoop-dogg.com/]. What kind of information about him would you NOT find on this page? Why not?
5. What are domain names? What are the most common? What do they tell you about a page? (.com, .edu, .org, etc.)
6. Look at this page about smoking. [http://unr.edu/homepage/shubinsk/whosmok1.html] What is missing?
Before you begin your feature, you should familiarize yourself with the topic.
Please go to (http://home.sprintmail.com/~debflanagan/main.html) and review how to surf strategically. Your mission is to find THREE good websites for your topic. www.google.com is a great place to start. Put your search in quotes for better results.
For each site, please
1. cite it appropriately*
2. write a one paragraph (minimum) summary about the site's content. You will return to this site to write your mini-research paper, so your summary should be detailed enough to serve as a guideline
Please hand in your findings by the end of class. If you do not finish, you may complete this for homework.
*Humanities Style Citing
To cite files available on the WWW, give the author's name, last name first (if known); the full title of the work, in quotation marks; the title of the complete work (if applicable) or website name, in italics; any version or file numbers; and the date of the document or last revision (if available). Next, list the protocol (e.g., "http") and the full URL, followed by the date of access in parentheses.
Burka, Lauren P. "A Hypertext History of
Multi-User Dimensions." MUD History.
1993. http://www.utopia.com/talent/lpb/muddex/essay (