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Unit 5


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Evaluation of Reference Sources
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Meta vs. search engine
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Sigouin, Christopher, and Alejandro R. Jadad.  Awareness of Sources of Peer-Reviewed Research Evidence on the Internet. The Journal of the American Medical Association 287 (June 5, 2002), 2867-2870.


            While there are many scholarly articles available on the Internet, the authors found that few people know about them.  In a study of cancer patients, family doctors, oncologists, and oncology nurses in Hamilton, Ontario, it was found that family doctors had the least knowledge of these articles.  Of particular use would be the Cochrane Collaboration, MEDLINE, CancerNet, CancerLit, and the Program in Evidence-Based Care of Cancer Care Ontario for cancer-related articles.  Though most of those surveyed were Internet users, many patients were unaware of these resources.  The conclusion was that the producers of these sites should promote their information more visibly so patients and health-care individuals who to look to the Internet as a source of information for cancer research.


Jacso, Peter.  Rating the Metasearch Engines:  Its Time to Pay Some Well-Deserved Attention to These Helpful Resources.  Information Today 18 (December 2001), 28-30.


            Since only about one-sixth of the available Web sites are covered by regular search engines, it is important to know about metasearch engines.  In order to do a comprehensive search, one should use a metasearch engine in addition to Google and Northern Light, since the latter two have developed strategies to avoid being found by Web crawlers and are only found by a few metasearch engines.   Problems with metasearch engines are that they do not always last long on the Web, and may have paid messages that become irritants to users.  CleverSearch claims to be a metasearch engine that searches metasearch engines including MetaCrawler, Mamma, Dogpile, and Metafind, in addition to Google.  This author, a professor of library and information science at the university of Hawaii, found, Profusion, SurfWax, and Vivisimo to be his favorites, with Vivisimo being the most powerful.     


Wang, Yu-Mei, and Arlene Cohen.  Communicating and Sharing in CyberspaceUniversity Faculty Use of Internet Resources.  International Journal of Educational Telecommunications 6 (Winter 2000), 303+.


            While several studies have been done to determine faculty use of email and mailing lists, little study had been done previously concerning faculty use of the Internet.  This study was conducted at the University of Guam by questionnaire.  The largest number of responders were males between the ages of 41 and 50, teaching in the social sciences.  They used Web, Gopher, and FTP more for research than for teaching, with email and mailing lists being used to exchange and generate teaching ideas.  However, only about half of the faculty were using the Web for information searching.  It was concluded that people are more likely to seek information that is the most accessible, and, in this case, the Web was not developed enough to have become a solid resource for these faculty members.  The authors felt that training would add considerably to the use of the Internet by faculty. 


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