Research Journal Assignment #6

Post three times  in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:

6a: Using Internet Search ToolsWrite a paragraph or more discussing what search engines or other internet search tools you regularly use to do internet research, why you use those particular tools, and what you like and dislike about them. Please include links to the tools you discuss. You might also want to bookmark them in your Delicious account so you can find them easily in the future.

6b: Testing Assigned Search ToolUsing search strings incorporating operators supported by your assigned search engine or metacrawler (ENG 1020, ENG 122), test it by searching for websites on your research topic. Bookmark any relevant sites in your Delicious account, and record the following information in your research journal for each search you conduct:

  • Resource searched
  • Keywords used
  • Search strategies used (including operators and types of searches)
  • Date of search
  • Number of hits
  • Relevance of hits (on a scale of 1 to 5)

6c: Planning Field ResearchWrite a paragraph or more explaining what you are planning to do for your field research. If you will be interviewing someone or conducting a survey, include a list of questions you might ask. If you will be visiting a museum or other location, list what you information will be looking for. Include when you plan to complete your field research. If you are interviewing someone and concerned about his or her privacy, do not include his or her name.

If you need to, continue searching for reference works, books, and periodical articles on your topic. Please follow the instructions in Research Journal Assignments #4 and #5 for what information you should record in your research journal about the items you find and the searches you conduct.

Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (”Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.

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