Team Artifact: Guiding Question #1

Miracle Workers Team Artifact: Guiding Question #1

 

This week the Miracle Workers are focusing on Online research. We used different methods to collect information about Online Researching and tried to create something that could help the community master their researching skills. These skills will certainly help people to succeed in academics or professional career.

After researching on our topic, we raised different questions among ourselves and tried to answer those questions for ourselves and for the community. Not only do we want to help others, we would also like to challenge ourselves. Therefore our team members used different software programs  such as Microsoft Publisher, Google presentation and Microsoft PowerPoint to create individual artifacts.

In our team artifact, we talk about the ways to narrow internet search and the advance Google searching skills. We also tried to provide new user a step-by-step guide for online researching, so that they can catch up very easily.

 

 

 

1. What are some tips and tricks computer users can use to get precise information when searching the internet?

By: Jacobe Fines

Browsing the internet may be a confusing thing to do when first learning it. It may seem simple to just type into a search box. But what you type in and how you type it in will affect your search results. My artifact is a poster/flyer that gives new computer users my top 4 tips to narrow down your internet search to gain more precise results. Using these simple tips will prevent users from stumbling into the same old web pages and dig deeper into what they actually are searching for.

http://blogs.leeward.hawaii.edu/bus101fa12team3/files/2012/09/Guiding-Question-1-artifact-Jacobe-pdf-2ancwbv.pdf

 

2. What are different advanced features of different search engines?

By: Ka Man Wong (Elise)

Google is one of the most popular search engines in the world. It is also one of the best among all. However, for those who are not familiarized with basic internet skills, using the Google search engine could be confusing. Moreover, for those of you who had never explore more on the Google search engine, you may want to learn a few searching techniques to do a online research more effectively and wisely. The following PowerPoint could show you 5 basic techniques in Googling.

https://docs.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/presentation/d/1TSjbQ3LgcZmx_3AhqYa5Ab8MZMTY3i_Dzr1nnYYRChI/edit

 

3.  How do new users search for the best results in researching online via (Google, Ask, Bing, etc.)  

By: Terra Lee Rivera

With the internet being so big and have a wide variety of ways to search for information, We provided some of those ways for you to take a look at. It will help you better understand and be able to do so yourselves.

I tried to do something new to me by creating my artifact on how to research information, what sites are easiest to use and to make sure the information gathered are relevant and reliable and isn’t a just make believe. In that, I created a PowerPoint to brake things down in a step by step process to ease the transition for those who are new to using computers.

Ind artifact #1

Researching Online Using Google

 

4.  What are some easy steps a new computer user can use to achieve internet success?

By: Alyssa

Hi, my name is Alyssa and this is a short and easy way to internet success. After this I can guarantee that you will understand how to use the internet and its creditability. I decided to make a power point. Through this I gave step by step tips and instructions for those who might be new to computers. I believe that it will help anyone even beginners. Please see the link below and check it out.

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwfcWpyydeQ8a24yVnVGRDJzb3c

 

In conclusion, creating this team artifact had its ups and downs.  We did our best to try and answer all parts of this week’s guiding question.  This week was a great learning experience and we feel that were all able to grow from it.  Please feel free to leave any comments and feedback.

Aloha

Team Artifact 1: How To Research Truth Behind The Internet”

We were given the task of answering the question: “How does one research online to uncover relevant, credible information, when searching online leads everyone in the same direction and to the same websites? How can one use research to dig and search for the truth on the Internet?”  Each of our members found different approaches to this question, as well as finding different avenues that can account for the multitudes of methods that can be utilized in understanding truth amongst the fiction that is posted upon the internet when doing research about any given topic.

Our team artifact makes sense of the first guiding question because it covers each question. We explain how an individual should be careful when researching online. We explain what to look for when accessing the internet for research such as knowing if the source provides credible information. Also, we include a different alternative than the internet and give questions to ask yourself so you can have the knowledge of what credible sources are.

  1. “Instead of the internet, can we use other resources such as library books?” 
  • In today’s society, we live in a technology-driven world. When it comes to researching a topic, not a lot of people go straight to a book! The first idea that would pop in their head is the internet. But they should also turn their focus into reading material. Yes, the internet is faster and easier to access when researching on a time schedule but how reliable is that information? Almost anyone can make a web page and just input content about your topic from their perspective or completely inaccurate information. Unlike books, the information you find is most likely from an authorized or well educated author. In my opinion, books are more reliable than online resources.

GQ1 individual artifact_Stephanie

  1.  “Is the research being done being cross-referenced between several sites or is it just being discovered in one search engine, and not verified?”
  • Besides books, doing research on the internet is the most current and efficient way of researching various things from reports to recipes or from housing to genealogy. Everything seems to be at our fingertips now thanks to the new invention of the internet. However, alongside that new positive feed that we feel that we no longer are required to visit the library to do our research. When doing research on the internet, it is important to remember that a majority of the information that is provided is often provided by other users. There are people that use the internet to provide false statements; or to provide their own point of view of an agenda to slander. It is important to remember that not everything on the internet is reliable nor is it credible. It is safer for users who are doing research to question everything regardless of the site. Some reliable hints are the “.com” ending of any website means that it is a commercial or company site which incorporates that anyone can create such a site and input their own definitions or slander in order to convert people to their side of thinking.  The “.org” suffix stands for an organization, these sites are slightly more reliable as they are typically created by a professional company such as doctors or lawyers.  “.Gov” sites are created and managed by government entities, likewise “.net” stands for a network.

Anderson_Guiding Question 1 Individual Artifact.docx

 

  1. “What search engines and websites do the students mostly conduct their research online? Do these websites have credibility or legitimate to what the students do their research on?”
  • Internet users have to develop a “critical eye” to evaluate the credibility of internet information. There are many ways that someone could check if the website that someone is looking for could be credible:

ü  Is there any evidence that the author of the website has the authority in the field of which he or she is providing information? (Check the author’s credentials, connections and subject of what he or she post up on the website)

ü  Is there a link to the sponsoring organization that the website is linked to?

ü  Does the author have publications of the web or in hard copy?

ü  Does the information have a complete list of works cited, which the references are credible?

Guiding Q1 sensemaking artifact_brooke

Fantastic Four Team Artifact 1

Online Research: Searching for the truth on the Internet

Team 4 GQ1 Artifact Doc

Introduction, Summary and Conclusion

How does one research online to uncover relevant, credible information, when searching online leads everyone in the same direction and to the same websites? How can one use research to dig and search for the truth on the Internet?

At its roots, our team artifact is simply a collection of our individual artifacts. Alone, our individual artifacts target specific parts of the guiding question. Together, they address the question as a whole. Here’s a outline of our efforts.

1)    Online Research – Searching for Truth on the Internet

a) How to uncover “relevant” information

  • Search Tips
    • Search Operators
    • Different and Specialized Search Engines
    • Invisible Web

b) How to uncover “credible” information

  • Who-What-When-Where-How-Why analysis
  • Recognizing bad Information
  • Determining site bias

Angus Macaulay

Questions

  • Is there another source of hidden information ?
  • How can I use my Search Engine more effectively?
  • How do you link your artifact?

My Artifact

     My artifact is a simple text artifact that addresses: “…when searching online leads everyone in the same direction and to the same web sites?” My goal was to find techniques or information to locate different and new information. I suggested several solutions to finding “unique” information.

  • Getting the most out of your searches engines.
  • Another information source.

Subtopics

  • Invisible Web
    • Search Engines
    • Search Operators

     My goal was to provide data relevant to my questions  from GQ1 and also tying my  responses to GG1 itself. In addition, I planned that my artifact would integrate with my Team Members’ information with little time and effort.

A.Macaulay Wk4 GQ1 Ind Aartifact

Jeffrey Sanchez

Question

  • How can I uncover relevant information on the internet?

My Artifact

With so much information available on the web, researchers may find themselves overwhelmed with both relevant and irrelevant information. My artifact is a quick lesson in Boolean searching, a simple technique that can refine any search effort.

Subtopic

  • OR,AND, and NOT operators

J.Sanchez Wk4 GQ1 Ind Artifact

Lisa Martin

Question

  • What research can I do to know that what I’m reading is true?

My Artifact

My artifact touches on different types of websites, and can help you figure out if what you’re reading is accurate. There are so many people on the internet that it’s impossible to believe every single thing that you read. This artifact should help you distinguish what type of article you are reading, and what the possible motives of the author may be.

Subtopics

  • Types of websites
  • Motives for websites (e.g., promote a product, give you a biased opinion)

L.Martin Wk4 CQ1 Ind Artifact -1

Liz Lynch

Questions

  • How can I come up with different ways to search for the same information?
  • How do you expand your search as well as going to reputable organizations/associations under the relevant subject?

My Artifact

In my artifact I complemented my Team Member’s work to provide a seamless transition for the bigger project, the pamphlet/brochure. I addressed techniques to find a variety of reputable information. I provided information for better search results:

  • key word variation
  • agencies, organizations and associations

My approach was to give searching and validating tips using: Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why.

Subtopics:

  • Getting trustworthy information from a reputable source
  • Keywords to assist in finding credible sources and information

Elynch individual artifact 1

In short our team’s growing pains were a lot less severe this week. We had a team member who supplied a truly creative idea and a lot of hard work, as well as others. We had strong individual artifacts which were reflected in the information presented. We had a better, but far from perfect, division of labor this week. We still have kinks to work out in our team process which will help the morale and level of success for the team. We hope our artifact is a great help on your research journey. Good luck and happy searching!


Guiding Question 1- Team Artifact

GQ1 Guiding Question 1
How does one research online to uncover relevant, credible information, when searching online leads everyone in the same direction and to the same websites? How can one use research to dig and search for the truth on the Internet?

When conducting a research online, a user may want to use popular search engines such as Google, Google Chrome, Yahoo, Bing, AOL, Ask, etc.. There are many different varieties of search engines on the internet that can provide the information you need. If one doesn’t provide you with enough sufficient information, try another one. Some search engines such as Google have a application where you can further advance your search providing in depth information, images, sounds, videos, etc. For an example, you may want to research how to use a search engine. I used the search engine YouTube, typed in “videos about popular search engines” and a video was provided.

Kurt Kaleikini: 9/24/2012

What kind of Tools are used in conducting a competent and complete  “Research” and “Search” online?

Intro to Artifact:  For the individual end-user of computers to be competent when performing a “Research” and “Search” online.  He or she must  use numerous search methods to ensure that their research or search produce quality results.  Therefore, an artifact recommending specific procedures to be followed  has been created to serve as a guide and means in producing wanted results when performing a research or search.

Artifact:  The tools used in conducting a competent and complete “Research” and “Search” online.

Search Tools:
The Web can be an incredible resource, providing information on nearly any topic imaginable. Because locating precise information can be difficult there are search services that maintain huge databases relating to information provided on the Internet and Web.
The information stored on these databases includes addresses, content descriptions, or classifications and keywords appearing on Web pages and other Internet informational resources. Special programs called spiders continually look for new information and update the search services’ database.
Search Engines are specialized programs that assist you in locating information on the Web and the Internet. To find information, you go to a search service’s Web site and its search engine. For example Google’s search engine. To use a search Web site, you enter a keyword or phrase reflecting the information you want. The search engine compares your entry against its database and returns a list of hits, or sites that contain the keyword. Search engines are designed to find specific information.

 

Darrell Dellmundo: 9/24/2012

How do you evaluate the legitimacy of a website?

  1. When using the internet to research information everyone uses search engines. Search engines use key words to find websites and other information such as books, images, and video that might be associated with the topic being researched.
  1. Some helpful and resourceful search engines include www.yahoo.com, www.bing.com, www.google.com.
  1. Usually the search engine will construct a list of links to websites or media that start with the most relevant. However it is up to the individual to read through the resources provided to decide which are more useful. Having multiple resources and using bits of information from each helps to build more relevant research material.

Credible Information

  1. Credibility is based on the reliability that the information being provided is true.
  1. When looking for information it is always a good idea to be aware of whether or not the information you are gathering is from a reliable resource.
  1. Information provided by certified trained professionals who have the credentials to validate their experience and expertise on a subject would be a good start. i.e. Doctors, Professors, and licenses professionals.
  1. Other sources of good credibility would be information that is associated with the government, organizations, and corporations. The reason for this being because they have trained professional that gather the information and they focus more on facts rather than opinion. Some credible websites include but are not limited to http://www.medicare.gov/index.html, http://www.irs.gov/, http://www.pbs.org/, and http://www.un.org/.

 

 

Kathleen Galloway

How does someone know what websites to avoid? -Kathleen Galloway-

Introduction: There are many program application out there that can help you find the real truth to information that is out there that you may need. For Instance, an IT specialist can provide you with the essential information needed for a safe, accurate search engine that will provide logical and at the most truthful information.  There are some applications such as an Anti-virus that will download onto your computer and check websites to

Artifact:

1. Credibility is based on the reliability that the information being provided is true.

2. When looking for information it is always a good idea to be aware of whether or not the information you are gathering is from a reliable resource.

3. Information provided by certified trained professionals who have the credentials to validate their experience and expertise on a subject would be a good start. i.e. Doctors, Professors, and licenses professionals.

4. Other sources of good credibility would be information that is associated with the government, organizations, and corporations. The reason for this being because they have trained professional that gather the information and they focus more on facts rather than opinion. Some credible websites include but are not limited to http://www.medicare.gov/index.html, http://www.irs.gov/, http://www.pbs.org/, and http://www.un.org/.

Search Content Verification: Can be determined, by the Authority, Accuracy, Objectivity, and Currency of researched topic.

Though search engines are excellent tools to locate information on the Web. Unlike most published material found in newspapers, journals, and textbooks, not all information on the Web has been subjected to strict guidelines to ensure accuracy. In fact anyone can publish content on the Web. So to evaluate the accuracy of information, consider the following:

1. Authority: Is the author an expert and is the site official or personal.

2. Accuracy: Has the information been critically reviewed for correctness prior to posting on the Web? Does the Web site provide a method to report inaccurate information to the author?

3. Objectivity: Is the information factually reported or does the author have a bias? Does the author appear to have a personal agenda aimed at convincing or changing the reader’s opinion?

4. Currency: Is the information up to date? Does the site specify the date when the site was updated.

Anyway, hopefully the previous stated information will empower the end user to conduct “Research” and “Search”, competently and completely.

 

Sample Team Artifact Post

How does one research online to uncover relevant, credible information, when searching online leads everyone in the same direction and to the same websites? How can one use research to dig and search for the truth on the Internet?

Short introduction here on how the team addressed the Guiding Question (include guiding question) with their artifacts in making sense of the entire Guiding Question. Sum up everyone’s contributions.

1. How do you find and interpret credible research information using Google search?

By: Tommy Technology

Google is one of the most widely used search engines. The common saying these days is, “Just Google it.” What does that mean? It means you can find anything – answers to all your questions using the Google search engine, http://google.com. But how do you find and interpret credible research information from your online search? In the file below, I’ve included a list of the top 10 ways to research and find credible information using the Google search engine, including additional information and examples.

Top 10 Ways to Research and Find Credible Information Using Google (.docx)

 

2. Next teammate’s question.

Next teammate’s name.

Short intro.

Attach artifact file here.

3. Next teammate’s question.

Next teammate’s name.

Short intro.

Attach artifact file here.

4. Next teammate’s question.

Next teammate’s name.

Short intro.

Attach artifact file here.

 

Short conclusion. Ask for comments.