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Web Browsing Basics : 

Web Browsing Basics The World Wide Web(Internet) is a great place to do research. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start or what type of information to use.

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There are many search engines that let you find information on the Internet. (google.com, askforkids.com, etc) So, what’s the big deal with doing research? Just type in some words in a search engine and you are done right?

Main problem with using the Internet for Research : 

Main problem with using the Internet for Research In most print materials like magazines and books , editors check over material to make sure it is true. On the Internet, however, there is no one assigned to make sure that the information on each website is true.

How do you know if that website is valid or true? : 

How do you know if that website is valid or true? One way to know how valid a website may be is to look at the suffix of the site. The suffix is the last part of a web address. www.google.com www.hood.edu www.rpcs.org www.whitehouse.gov www.usmc.mil

Suffix meanings: : 

Suffix meanings: .edu- stands for education and is usually used for schools and universities .org- stands for organization and is usually used for charity groups or groups that do not sell items to the public for a profit .gov-stands for government and is for websites that are associated with state and national governments .mil – stands for military and is for and about the military .com- stands for commercial and usually offers a service or product

Which suffixes are more valid? : 

Which suffixes are more valid?

Credibility : 

Credibility Another way to check how valid a website is involves checking the credibility of the website’s author. The author’s credibility is how trustworthy the author is.

How do we check the author’s credibility? : 

How do we check the author’s credibility? In order to check an author’s credibility you need to know who wrote or is responsible for the information found on the website. Sometimes a webpage may have link about the organization or a link about the author.

Author’s Credentials : 

Author’s Credentials Clicking on this kind of link often gives information about the author’s credentials. Credentials are things like educational memberships, professional achievement and published articles. Credentials are a list of all the achievements of the person or organization. Credentials should relate to the subject matter the webpage is talking about.

For Example: : 

For Example: This is probably is not a credible website because someone who is a banker may not have the credentials that relate to caving.

Checking the published date : 

Checking the published date Another way you can determine the validity of a website is by checking the last date of publication or when the page was last updated. If a website has current events information that is outdated or older then 5 years it may not be accurate.

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If a website has historical information, the date of last update is not as important.

Checking the design of the page : 

Checking the design of the page Another way to check the validity of a website is to check the design of the page. The design is how a webpage looks or is organized. The information should be easy to find and the pictures should relate to the information.

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Spelling and grammar errors show that the site was not carefully designed.

Documenting your source : 

Documenting your source After you find your information, you probably want to use it for some purpose. All websites are copyrighted. This means that the person who created the material has full ownership of the work. If you use someone else’s material’s without permission it is considered stealing.

Fair User Laws : 

Fair User Laws Fair use laws allow you to use someone else’s work for research and educational purposes. According to the law, you have to cite the information you use. Citing your information means you are giving the author credit for his/her work.

What to include when you are citing a website: : 

What to include when you are citing a website: When citing a website you should include all the following information: Author’s name Title of article or description of the site Date of publication/update Name of the company or organization Complete web address Date you visited the site. If you can’t find all the information needed include what you can.

Information taken from: : 

Information taken from: Learning.com Sourcing and Citing: Web basics http://platform.learning.com/Interface/student/TeacherStudentBootstrap.aspx Last update: 2010 Viewed July 2007

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