WR 121 Research Log

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Assignment #1E, Part 2: Finding Information Online

  1. Go to the OSU Library Tutorial and complete the section Getting more information about your topic from the World Wide Web.

  2. Do a keyword search on your topic in Google.

  3. Print out the first page of results from your search and attach them to the research log.

  4. Choose a relevant source from your result list, one that you think will be useful in your paper.

    For additional hints about examining Internet sources, consult the Evaluating Web Search Results page from the OSU Libraries tutorial.

    Write down the full citation information for the source you chose in your research log, so that you will be able to correctly cite it if you decide to use it in your paper.

  5. In your reserach log, list at least two additional reasons (besides your keywords) why you chose this source. Be specific about which pieces of information you found on the web page made you think this source would be useful.

    For additional hints about what you can find out about a source from a web page, look at Second Level Evaluation of Web Search Results from the OSU Libraries tutorial.

  6. (Answer in your research log) Do you think you will use this source in your paper? Be specific -- if you plan to use it, include those pieces of information that suggest that it is a high-quality source for your purposes. If you do not plan to use it, include those pieces of information that indicate that it is not a good source for you.

If you have any trouble finding an item, or answering any of the questions in this assignment, ask a librarian. You can:

At this point, add the following to your research log:

  1. The first page of results from the search engine.
  2. The full citation information for the source you selected.
  3. 2 or more reasons why you selected this source, with examples.
  4. Your answers to the question about your source.

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