Jun 25, 2015

What is Internet Research

* Use the appropriate research tools. The tools you use to perform Internet research may vary depending on your topic or assignment.

* Use major search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo to perform your research, as these tools will provide you with access to nearly all published websites made available to the public. These search engines will also display and rank websites for you according to topic relevancy based on the keywords you entered into the search engine.

* Use search directories or tools provided to you by your employer, college, or university if you are performing Internet research for school or work. Some employers and schools may provide you with websites they prefer or recommend, or give you access to credible, private databases or tools inaccessible to the public.

* Cite or list all the Internet sources used in your research. This process is helpful if you need to revisit a website to include more information in your research, or if you need to provide your audience or employer with a list of sources used to compile your information.
Copy or document the exact website link you used to access and provide information for your Internet research.

* Use keywords relevant to the topic you are researching. To find credible and relevant information about your topic on the Internet, you must use a combination of keywords related to your research.

* Use specific keyword phrases to locate the most relevant information. For example, if you are looking for information on how to perform an oil change on a 2014 Honda Accord, enter specific keywords such as "oil change instructions 2014 Honda Accord" instead of a basic phrase such as "perform an oil change," which may bring back thousands of results for websites that feature oil changes on motorcycles, buses, boats, and all other automobiles.

* Use alternate words or keyword phrases to locate additional research sources. For example, if you are performing research on foreign movies, use the words "films" or "shows" in place of movies to find additional sources that may provide you with more information on your research topic.

* Determine that the website is a credible and reliable source. If you are gathering facts for your research, you will want to verify that the information is being provided by professionals or certified experts in that particular field or subject.

   Read the "About Us" section of a website to learn more about the authors or organization publishing the information.

* Review the extension of the website in the address bar to determine the source. If the website ends in ".edu," ".gov," or ".org," the information on the website is overseen by a school, government entity, or non-profit organization, respectively, and in most cases, is accurate.

Note: If you are using your personal computer to perform Internet research, install a virus protection program on your system. Since you may be exploring or visiting websites that are unfamiliar to you during your research, a virus protection program can protect your computer from viruses, spyware, and other malicious programs you may be exposed to.

Never use websites for your Internet research that contain multiple advertisements or heavy advertising for a specific product.

Some websites are paid to advertise and sell specific products and may provide favorable information about a specific product to increase sales for that product.


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