* You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
* Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
* What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
* Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize, just as I did, that there's a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path.
* I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.
* Have you ever had a dream Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world, and the real world?
* Welcome…to the real world.
* Don't think you are, know you are.
* "You think that’s air you're breathing now ?"
So this BLOG is about RESEARCHING on your own and some ways to properly do it. I can only show you the door, you have to walk through it. Are you ready to FREE YOUR MIND? Well, here goes.....
ONLINE RESEARCH - Methods, Suggested Techniques, Good Common Sense and Lots of Patience!
Everyone or just about everyone thinks that GOOGLE and Wikipedia is the best way or only way to really get results online. WRONG! Real research is what is called re-search. You need to have a critical and a skeptical mindset to filter the information you'll be finding.
You'll need to sift through many, many web pages and must have good and reliable methods to filter them and then the patience & critical thinking skills. Please take heed to these suggested steps in Re-Searching Online!
1. Is your topic "Hard Research", "Soft Research", or Both?
A) Hard Research - describes scientific and objective research, where proven facts, figures, statistics, and measurable evidence are absolutely critical. In hard research, the credibility of every resource must be able to withstand intense scrutiny.Examples of hard research topics:
* Is income tax illegal in the USA?
* The BP oil spill is going to cause cancer in Mississippi residents within 5 years.
* Chronic back pain can be treated by a combination of anti-inflammatories, caffeine, and fish oil.
* Duct tape can cure warts.
B) 'Soft research' describes topics that are more subjective, cultural, and opinion-based. Soft research sources will be less scrutinized by the readers. Examples of soft research topics:
* Android phones are better than Apple iPhones.
*Flickr is the best free photo gallery online.
*Why the Episcopalian Church is more youth-friendly than the Catholic Church.
*Savannah cats make good house-pets.
*The best high definition TV set is the Sharp Aquos.
C) Combined soft and hard research requires the most work, because this hybrid topic broadens your search requirements. Not only do you need to find hard facts and figures, but you will need to debate against very strong opinions to make your case. Politics and international economy topics are the biggest examples of hybrid research.
2. Which Online Authorities Are Suitable for Your Research Topic.
A) Soft research topics are often about collating the opinions of respected online writers. Many soft research authorities are not academics, but rather writers who have practical experience in their field. Soft research usually means the following sources:
Blogs, including personal opinion blogs and amateur writer blogs (e.g. Consumer Reports, UK politics).
Forums and discussion sites (e.g. Police discussion forum)
Consumer product review sites (e.g. ZDnet, Epinions).
Commercial sites that are advertising-driven (e.g. About.com)
Tech and computer sites (e.g.Overclock.net).
B) Hard research topics require hard facts and academically-respected evidence. An opinion blog will not cut it; you will need to find publications by scholars, experts, and professionals with credentials. The Invisible Web will often be important for hard research. Accordingly, here are possible content areas for your hard research topic:
Academic journals (e.g. a list of academic search engines here).
Government publications (e.g. Google's 'Uncle Sam' search).
Government authorities (e.g. the NHTSA)
Scientific and medical content, sanctioned by known authorities (e.g. Scirus.com).
Non-government websites that are NOT influenced by advertising and obvious sponsorship e.g. Consumer Watch)
Archived news (e.g. Internet Archive)
3. Use a Variety of DIFFERENT Search Engines and Keywords
This is important, use different search engines and 3-5 keyword combinations. Be patient and constantly adjust you keywords for the best results.
Firstly, start with broad initial researching at Internet Public Library, DuckDuckGo, Clusty/Yippy, Wikipedia, and Mahalo. This will give you a broad sense of what categories and related topics are out there, and give you possible directions to aim your research.
Secondly, narrow and deepen your Visible Web searching with Google and Ask.com. Once you have experimented with combinations of 3 to 5 different keywords, these 3 search engines will deepen the results pools for your keywords.
Thirdly, go beyond Google, for Invisible Web (Deep Web) searching. Because Invisible Web pages are not spidered by Google, you'll need to be patient and use slower and more specific search engines like:
Scirus (for scientific searching)
Internet Archive (to backwards-search past current events)
Advanced Clusty Searching (meta searching specific parts of the Internet)
Surfwax (much more knowledge-focused and much less commerce-driven than Google)
US Government Library of Congress
Here is an example MLA citation:
Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive.
Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. ‹http://classics.mit.edu/›.
Here is a sample APA citation:
Bernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living Web. A
List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 149.
Retrieved from http://www.alistapart.com/articles/writeliving
More details: how to cite Internet references.
More details: The Purdue University Owl Guide explains both of these citing methods in detail:
The MLA citing method
The APA citing method
Remember: DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. You must either directly quote the author, or rewrite and summarize the content (along with appropriate citing). But to restate the author's words as your own is illegal, and will get you a failing mark on your thesis or paper and when talking with others and they are aware you are plagiarizing, you loose your credibility.
8. Use a Research-Friendly Web Browser
Researching is repetitive and slow. You will want a tool that supports many open pages, and easily backtracks through previous pages. A good research-friendly Web browser offers:
Multiple tab pages open simultaneously.
Bookmarks/favorites that are fast and easy to manage.
Page history that is easy to recall.
Loads pages quickly for your computer's memory size.
Of the many choices in 2013, the best research browsers are Chrome and Firefox, followed by Opera. IE10 is also a competent browser, but try the previous 3 choices for their speed and memory economy. On Android Phones or IPhones the DOLPHIN BROWSER is excellent with the Jet Pack Ad-on.
Obviously, it's re-searching....the time-consuming and repeated method of searching good information from the bad. It is going to be slow because it's about diligence and skeptical hard questioning. Having said that continue to keep your mindset positive, and enjoy the adventure. 90% of the things you read you will reject, take pleasure in how humorous (and how moronic) some internet content is, and put your CTRL-Click tabs along with your bookmarks/favorites to good use.
Have patience, be skeptical, be inquisitive, and be slow to shape an opinion!!!
Here's an excellent website with loads of great re-search tools and sites. You'll be impressed!
Resources to Search the Invisible Web
9. Best Of Luck with Internet Researching!
Without question, it's RE-SEARCHING....the gradual and repetitive procedure for sifting good information and the bad. It is going to be slow-moving since it's about persistence and skeptical hard questioning. Nevertheless maintain your mindset and benefit from the discovery process. Though 90% of everything you read you are going to toss, delight in just how fun (and also how moronic) some online content material is, and put your CTRL-Click tabs as well as your bookmark/favorites to sound use.