Opening the Flood Gates
From the first step in my research, I've been using the Internet to access the various library search tools that have helped me locate a large body of information about Ebola. I've read some of my sources and have a good understanding of Ebola and the current epidemic. That means it's time for me to broaden my search to the World Wide Web, where I will have to judge the quality of the information for myself and where I will pull up millions of search results instead of only hundreds or thousands. All this information can be overwhelming, but since I've already done a good job locating scholarly/trustworthy sources through the Library's resources, this step will be much easier.
Research Step 5: Locating Web Pages
What should I search for?
- Personal/professional/organization Web pages
- Linked resources
- Breaking news on ebola
- Information to fill in the gaps
- Information in opposition to what I've already found
- Multimedia to add color, interest, and understanding
How should I search?
- I need to look at my research log and sources and look for the authors, experts quoted, and organizations mentioned in them.
- I can look up their personal/professional/organization Web pages. These Web pages will help me verify my previous sources and should link to other useful information sources.
- I can look at their suggested linked resources and compare and contrast them to what I already have.
- I can quickly locate breaking news on Ebola.
- I can also look for information to fill in the gaps or that opposes what I've already found.
- I can look for media to help add color, interest, and understanding.
There are a lot of different search engines I could use, but the majority of students I work with use Bing, so here I will use them as well.