ENSC 201: Web Searching
Find scholarly information online. Use Google Scholar to search for peer-reviewed articles, reports, dissertations and preprints. If you search on campus, some articles will feature the "Get it@Queen's" button , allowing you to link to Queen's Library's electronic journals.
Use Scirus to search for scientific information. Scirus covers more than 300 million science-related webpages, including journal collections, technical reports, and government data.
Evaluate what you find on the web.
|1. Who wrote the material?||1. Are the sources of information listed so they can be verified?||1. What is the purpose of the page?||1. Does the page have the date it was written?||1. What topics are covered?|
|2. Is the author qualified/expert?||2. Are methods described?||2. Is the page designed to sway opinions||2. Does the page have additional dates indicating when it was posted to the web or last revised||2. What does the page offer that is not available elsewhere?|
|3. Is it clear who is responsible for the
Is there information about the host site or sponsoring organization?
|3. Is the information free of grammatical, spelling and typographical errors?||3. Is the information free of advertising?||3. If the page presents data, does it indicate when the data was gathered?||3. Is the page complete or under construction?|
|4. Is the sponsor reputable?||4. Are charts and graphs of data clearly labeled and easy to read?||4. If there is advertising
is it clearly differentiated from the information?
|4. How current are links?|
Last Updated: 25 October 2010