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MIS 201: Intro to Information Systems

A guide to help students with research in Professor Jain's MIS 201: Intro to Info Systems Class.

Overview

How much do you know about Google?  Watch these videos first. 

Growing Knowledge

Beware Online Filter Bubbles

John Oliver

12:16 - 15:15

Elicit Information

How might I use keywords/concepts to construct a search?  What type of resources do I need and how many?

 
Type in . . .
freeonlinepregnancytest (thepregnancytester.com   free online pregnancy test scanner)
What did we find?  Is it useful for research?  Take the test. 

 

When using Google for broad searches, CRAAP it out.  
Currency: 
  • When was the information published or last updated?
  • Have more recent articles been published on your topic?
  • Does your topic change rapidly (Popular culture, technology)?
Relevancy:
  • Does the source add something new to your knowledge of the topic?
  • Is the information too technical or simplified for you to use? 
  • Does the information meet the requirements of the assignment?
Authority:
  • What are the Author's credentials?

  • Is the author affiliated with an educational institution or prominent organization?

  • Is the relationship between the author and the institution clear?

  • Can you find information about the author from the source?

Accuracy:
  • Are there statements you know to be false? 
  • Is it free from errors - spelling, punctuation, or grammar?
  • Are there links to other reliable sources?
Purpose:
  • Is there an obvious bias or prejudice?  

  • Are alternate points of view presented? 

  • Is the author's purpose to sell, persuade, entertain or sell?

 

Type of Works

Type of Work What Is It Who Wrote and Reviewed It
Tweet Twitter messaged limited to 140 characters Not reviewed
Blog A personal account Personal account, not reviewed
Wikipedia article Online encyclopedia on basic subject areas Written and edited by many
News article Article about recent events Written by journalists and reviewed by an editor
Scholarly book Comprehensive information on a subject Written and reviewed by experts
Scholarly article Research article on a specific topic Written and peer-reviewed by experts