Online Tutorial for Computerized Information in Agriculture
Participating planning searching learning & evaluating


Module B (1) Background Information
Module B (2) Different Research Tools
FirstSearch (OCLC)
ISI Web of Science
Module B (4) Research on the Internet



Introduction to the Searching Component

Searching is an integral part of a research process. It is important to learn the mechanics and logics of research tools, so that information can be retrieved effectively. In order to locate information, a searcher needs to know the specialties of certain search tools (e.g. a subject databases).

In addition to the mechanics, it is important to understand the flow of information--that is, who creates the information and how it is distributed and eventually made available. Successful research relies on how accurate and relevant the information is; therefore, knowing how to evaluate the information is crucial. In order to maintain academic honosty, proper credit must be given to information sources. Citation styles established through professional societies or a specific academic discipline must be followed carefully.