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LIBR 7 (Rippel) - The Open Web & Search Engines

A guide for LIBR 7 students.

Course Overview

Google, and other free search engines, can be powerful research tools. While, the library provides access to costly published materials, like books and articles, that cannot often be found freely available on the web; search engines provide access to freely available government data, news outlets, private foundation information, and educational institutions. This class provides an introduction to research techniques in a college library using search engines to find materials on the open web. Focus on use of the open web for research purposes, including web search strategies, appropriate search engines and directories, evaluation techniques for web resources, recognition of plagiarism, and bibliographic citation of web resources.

Click here to view an infographic on The Deep Web.

Examples of resources you might use for a research project:

  • Peer Reviewed Articles - find using library periodical databases
  • Scholarly Articles - find using library periodical databases
  • Books - find using the library catalog
  • Reference - Find using library ereference databases and library catalog
  • Videos/educational DVDs - Find using library video databases
  • Credible websites; including government information & statistics - Find using Google
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