LIS 2004 Introduction to Internet Research is a one-credit hour course. The course focuses on methods of accessing information resources available through the Internet. Students will learn how to design effective search strategies, retrieve, evaluate, and cite Internet resources.
- Course Introduction -- What is the Internet?
If you are a novice Internet user, this reading will help prepare you for the course. It provides an introduction to using the Internet as an information resource, a brief history of the Internet, and information about how the Internet works.
- Lesson 1 -- Internet Communication
Introduces Internet communication tools, including electronic mail and discussion groups such as mailing lists, groups, chat, and web conferencing. Discusses basic rules of netiquette, which define appropriate behavior for Internet communication.
- Lesson 2 -- Research Strategies
Covers selecting a topic and planning a research strategy. Includes an introduction to keyword and Boolean search techniques which may be used with many Internet search tools and with most electronic library databases and reference tools.
- Lesson 3 -- Web Search Engines
Provides tips and strategies for using Web search engines and meta-search engines effectively and efficiently.
- Lesson 4 -- Other Web Tools
Discusses the difference between search engines and directories, explains metasites and covers file format and multimedia searching.
- Lesson 5 -- Library Databases
An increasing number of information resources are available via the Internet only to libraries or organizations who subscribe for a fee. Introduces several subscription-based resources available via your community college library.
- Lesson 6 -- Evaluating Internet Resources
Explains how to evaluate Internet resources for usefulness and reliability.
- Lesson 7 --Documenting Internet Resources
Explains and provides examples for documenting Internet and online subscription-based resources using the MLA and APA citation formats.
- The Glossary provides definitions of terminology used in this course.
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