Doing Research On The Internet

1154 WordsOct 27, 20155 Pages
Doing Research on the Internet With the information age has come the attitude of “if you can think of it, you can find it on the Internet.” It’s difficult to argue the sentiment when you can find out interesting facts such as who has the longest hair in the world, how fast the Earth rotates around its axis, or how much India’s population grew in 2012. Is It Online? Though it may be the easiest place to begin researching, there are times when the Internet doesn’t hold the answer. If you need complete details of the history of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in the country of Georgia, you may have to visit a major library. If you need to know how people in your community have been affected by a new city ordinance, very little information may…show more content…
If you’re looking for up-to-date research in the fields of industry and academia, consider looking for online academic and trade journals. If you need census data, government websites may be your best bet. Journals If scientific and scholarly journals are needed, you have several options. The most accessible option is the open access journal. You can find over 10,000 of them through the Directory of Open Access Journals. At a time when finding scholarly information on the Internet is difficult, the site strongly promotes increased adoption and visibility of these types of journals. JSTOR is another option for academic and scholarly journals. However, the service is limited to those fortunate enough to have access to a library, school, or university that subscribes to the service. While searches using Google Scholar do reveal many JSTOR articles, those articles are essentially useless without direct access. Directories Another useful tool is the Web directory. A Web directory differs from a search engine in that it acts solely as an index or catalogue of sites sorted by theme. One of the more well-known Web directories is the Open Directory Project. Loosely affiliated with the Mozilla project, the directory is edited by a volunteer community dedicated to keeping it as current as possible. The directory has a wide variety of subjects to browse through. For example, if you’re looking for information
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