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Catherine McAuley College: Locating

Welcome to your digital library

Locating

Locating: What do I already know? What do I still need to find out? Where can I find the information I need? What sources can I use? Have I asked for help from the Library?

Wikipedia is not the answer!

Library Sites

Goldfields Library Bendigo

Catherine McAuley College Catalogue

 

Where do I go to find my information?

  • Where will I find the sort of information I need? From people? From the Library? From print sources? From the Internet?
  • Can I find the resources I need?
  • Do I know how to use the CMC Library Catalogue?
  • Will I use the Goldfields Library? The State Library? How do I use these libraries?
  • Use the keywords from the defining step to search?
  • Do I know how to use the internet correctly? Google it? 
  • Wikipedia may be a good place to start, but it is not the last place, begin here and move on!

Understanding

Once you have found the information you will need to know if it is accurate and or correct?

There are a number of points that you can look at when evaluating the information

  • Reliability: can the information be found in other places?
  • Authority: who wrote the information and how do we know it is accurate?
  • Objectivity: who is the intended audience and are they showing bias?
  • Currency: Is the information out of date? When was it last updated?
  • Readability: Do I understand the words on the page? Do I understand the information?

Where do I go?

Actually searching Google is pretty easy. Just type what you’re interested in finding into the search box on the Google web site or into your toolbar!

If you’re using a toolbar, as you type, you may see words begin to appear below the toolbar’s search box. These are suggestions that Google thinks may match what you’re interested in. Google calls this “Google Suggest” or “Autocomplete.” You can ignore the suggestions, but if one seems useful, select it to save some typing.

On Google itself, you’ll not only get suggestions but as you type, actual search results will begin to load:

 

Google Web Search

Google Scholar Search Tips

Google Scholar is Google's academic search engine that searches across scholarly literature. It has extensive coverage, retrieving information from: 

  • academic publishers
  • professional organisations
  • university repositories 
  • professional websites covering all disciplines

Google Scholar can be a good place to start a search, helping to:

  • Locate obscure references difficult to find in library databases
  • Find more details on partial citations or incorrectly cited works
  • Identify grey literature not often indexed elsewhere
  • Discover useful journals or databases to explore in more detail
Google Scholar Search

"Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based on an openly editable model." - Wikipedia

This online encyclopedia is a collaborative, cooperative effort by volunteer writers to provide up-to-date information on any subject imaginable.

Wikipedia is one of the most popular reference websites online, with millions of visitors every month. There are more than 19 million articles and 82.000 active contributors.

Use Wikipedia but be careful :

use Wikipedia to become familiar with a topic or as a starting point for research

use Wikipedia to find more search terms or keywords for your research topic

maintain a level of scepticism when reading Wikipedia articles

Weaknesses of Wikipedia

1. Anyone can create, edit, or delete Wikipedia articles.

2. Wikipedia articles cannot be considered scholarly, because we know nothing about the contributors. [Definition of Scholarly Articles]

3. Articles are works-in-progress, meaning there are changes all the time to the information. When an article is first published, the information might go back and forth between viewpoints before achieving a neutral tone. Viewing the behind-the-scenes discussion can be a valuable way of learning about those varying perspectives.

4. Sometimes articles are vandalised, whether for fun, as a hoax, or because the subject is controversial.

5. The intended audience can vary-- some articles are written from a insider's view, with highly technical language, while some are written for a more general audience. This can be both frustrating and valuable depending on what you are looking for; either way it should be a warning sign that the information can be inconsistent.

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