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Using the Internet to Support Your Speech An Electronic Universe of Possibilities for Discovering Material
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A Vast World of Possibilities The key to a productive search in cyberspace lies in A well-thought-out research strategy Understanding the kinds of information available on the Internet Grasping how to use Internet search tools effectively
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Beware : Popular Search Engines Present Problems Relying on the most widely used search engines can lead you into difficulty Finding false and/or biased information Overlooking key sources Information overload
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Start at www.libraries.rutgers.edu When researching online, begin your search at your school’s library portal, or electronic entry point into its holdings: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu
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Typical Library Portal Resources
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Library Portals Versus Popular Web Search Engines Libraries classify and order their resources, both print and electronic, according to well- defined standards No such standards exist for popular Web search engines Library holdings are built through careful and deliberate selection processes by trained professionals Sources are vetted for reliability and credibility
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Checking out Virtual Libraries Besides the library portal, a host of virtual libraries can be found on the Internet Oldest is the WWW Virtual Library (www.vlib.org) founded by Tim Berners-Lee (right), who also founded the World Wide Web
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Selected Virtual Libraries
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Entering the Invisible Web Because library portals and virtual libraries often take you to links that do not readily appear in general search engines and subject directories, they are sometimes considered part of the ‘invisible Web’
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Be a Critical Information Consumer Apart from a library’s electronic resources section, how can you distinguish between information on the Internet that is reputable and credible and information that is untrustworthy? Search engines cannot discern the quality of information; only a human editor can do this
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Questions to Ask Each time you examine a document, especially one that has not been evaluated and rated by credible editors, ask yourself: When was the information posted, and is it timely?
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