Research on the Web

 

 

Research is the art of looking for information.  While in the past, people were restricted to libraries, magazines, newspapers and journals, information is now easily obtained through technology.  Thanks to the help of online journals, and search engines, in addition to the abundance of other online tools, research can now be conducted easily in the comfort of your own home. 

Researchers looking for information use a variety of resources to investigate.  Journals, newspapers, magazines, books, encyclopedias, periodicals, and maps are all quality examples of non-Internet resources that individuals use to find knowledge about whatever they are researching but can but be found on the web.  Thanks to technology, a large number of people, that continues to grow everyday use Internet resources such as databases, search engines, online encyclopedias, journals, dictionaries, and periodicals, as well as many other more that can be found on the web.  Research is necessary for the curious world and all these resources online, as well as offline are essential for investigators to take advantage of.

Research is essential for any occupation.  Personally over the years I have used several websites to investigate for information on course material, as well as projects that I have done in my classes.  Online resources have benefited me and given me the power to have quality information at my fingertips.  Recently I used the following research tools online to investigate a paper that I was preparing for one of my education classes:

 

ERIC
http://www.ERIC.ed.gov

Education Resource Information Center.  This website provides a database of non-journal and journal articles on education.

 

The Educator's Reference Desk
http://www.eduref.org/

This website provides online education information, lesson plans and answers to educational questions.

 

Online resources are helpful for anyone searching for information.  When in doubt, always look to the web for access to an abundance of information.  Remember to keep in mind the quality of the information by checking on the accuracy of the site.  Using tools such as my Web Page Evaluation Instrument can help assure that the site that you are visiting is a quality website.  Whenever there is a question, research can be done!  By using resources to investigate questions on or offline, information from the past, as well as what can be expected for the future is as easy as a click, or flip of the page away.  The plethora of options available today allow researchers anywhere answer even their toughest questions, and provide you with the same availability.  So when in doubt, just look into it, the answers are out there and await your investigation.

 

Online Sources:

Search Engine:

Dogpile

http://www.dogpile.com/

Search Engine that allows you to search the web for information, images, audio, video and news.

 

Homework Help:

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

http://bjpinchbeck.com/

Listing of subject areas that students can access for help on their homework.

 

Answers.com Homework Help

http://homework.answers.com/

 To assist you in researching and completing well developed homework assignments

 

Statistics:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/

Statistics ranging from occupation to safety, to demographics to productivity.

 

Encyclopedia:

Online Encyclopedia

http://www.encyclopedia.com/

Encyclopedia that allows you to search any topic to learn more about it.  It is complete with pictures and text "because knowledge is cool."

 

Database:

Harvey A. Andruss Library Database

http://library.bloomu.edu/pages/dbremote.html

Bloomsburg University Database with access off campus.
 

Dictionary:

Online Dictionary

http://dictionary.reference.com/

Allows you to enter a keyword and provides definitions for that word.  Other features include a word of the day that is sent to your email.

 

Academic Research:

ERIC

http://www.ERIC.ed.gov

Education Resource Information Center.  This website provides a database of non-journal and journal articles on education.


 

Other Online Resources:

Easybib
http://www.easybib.com

Free bibliography maker on the web.

 

Noodletools
http://www.noodletools.com

Interactive website to help students and professionals with their online research.

 

Online Reference

http://reference.com/

Allows you to enter a keyword and provides references for that word.  Works the same way as Dictionary.com.

 

Online Thesaurus

http://thesaurus.reference.com/

Allows you to enter a keyword and provides listings of synonyms for that word.  Other tools include a word of the day that is sent to your email along with other useful features.

 

 

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