Studying Using the Web: The Student's Guide to Using the Ultimate Information Resource [NOOK Book]


Anyone can type a few keywords into a search engine. But that’s only the beginning. With Studying Using the Web you can find the right material, check its authenticity, transform it into your own original work and keep up-to-date on essential topics. The book is about how ...

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Studying Using the Web: The Student's Guide to Using the Ultimate Information Resource

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Anyone can type a few keywords into a search engine. But that’s only the beginning. With Studying Using the Web you can find the right material, check its authenticity, transform it into your own original work and keep up-to-date on essential topics. The book is about how to find the right information, and making the most of it. It shows you how to:

  • know what to look for

  • make the best use of search facilities

  • gather pictures, sounds and more

  • make use of the human side of the internet

  • learn how to test information with a trust CSI kit

  • collect and structure your information effectively

  • make text your own

  • keep up to date.

You could stay jogging round the information track. But think how much better you could do with the right technology and skills to harness a leading-edge study machine. Move into the study fast track now.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This reader-friendly and information book offers good starting points for any school or college students wishing to learn about and make effective use of the web.' - British Journal of Educational Technology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134140527
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/5/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 930 KB

Meet the Author

Brian Clegg has written a range of business and education books, including The Professional’s Guide to Mining the Internet (Routledge) and Training Plus (Kogan Page) and three popular science books, including Light Years from Piatkus, and a range of business and personal development titles.

His next books, Quantum Entanglement, on the most remarkable phenomenon of the quantum world (St Martins Press), and The Man Who Stopped Time on the motion picture pioneer Eadweard Muybridge (Joseph Henry Press/NAS), due in 2006/7. His most recent title in print, A Brief History of Infinity (Constable & Robinson) was launched with a sell-out lecture at the Royal Institution in London, and has since reached #1 position on Amazon in the general Popular Science category and topped the Amazon popular maths list for over 10 weeks. Along with further appearances at the RI he has spoken at venues from Oxford and Cambridge Universities to Cheltenham Festival of Science, has contributed to radio and TV programmes, and is a popular speaker at schools.

Brian is also editor of the successful book review website and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

In 1994 he left BA to set up his own creativity consultancy, running courses on the development of new ideas and products, and the creative solution of business problems. His clients include the BBC, the Met Office, British Airways, GlaxoSmithKline, Sony, The Treasury, Royal Bank of Scotland and many other blue-chips.

Brian has also written regular columns, features and reviews for numerous publications, including The Guardian, PC Week, Computer Weekly, Personal Computer World, Innovative Leader, Professional Manager, BBC History, Good Housekeeping and House Beautiful. His books have been translated into many languages, including German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, Norwegian, Thai and Indonesian.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     xi
Venturing out     1
Where did it come from?     2
What the web is...and isn't     5
Engage hyperdrive     8
To get moving, take a step back     8
What to look for     9
Spot the computer     10
The big project     12
The mystery     13
The essay     14
The quick summary     14
The visual guide     15
Simple rules for generating your search queries     16
What to look for - essentials     17
Smart searching     18
Guessing your way     18
Hitting the engines     22
Double blips     24
Checking your options     25
Special characters and going Boolean     26
Going to the next level     28
A game of two halves     29
Checking the results     33
Keeping track of results     41
Specific searches - finding book contents     42
Specific searches - finding actual books     47
Specifics - the rest     49
Smart searching - essentials     52
Amassing media     53
Picture this     53
Get the picture     58
Making music     59
Music without sound     61
Moving pictures     62
Mapping the world     63
Amassing media - essentials     64
Real people     65
Health warning     65
Selling yourself     66
Academics     68
Companies     70
Newsgroups and forums     71
Celebrities     73
It's who you know     74
Getting the question right     75
Hybrid search - the hunt for Caleb Simper     76
Real people - essentials     78
Who do you trust?     79
Whose site is it?     82
Who wrote the text?     82
Is there contact information?     85
What is the presentation like?     85
How's the spelling?     86
Is the page consistent?     86
Are basic facts right?     86
Protecting yourself (multiple sources)     87
Why would they lie?     88
I'm right, you're wrong     89
Who to trust - the essentials     92
Collecting output      93
Collecting in Word     93
One Note to bind them all     95
Giving it structure     96
Mapping your mind     100
Collecting output - the essentials     103
Making text your own     105
Cut and paste     106
Collect and modify     107
Collate and write     113
Write and refine     115
Editing down     117
Padding up     119
Turning Information into original work     120
Making the Information more readable     121
Presenting the Information a different way     125
Charting troubled waters     126
Pulling together elements of the information that don't otherwise appear together     132
Putting your own opinions alongside the factual content     136
Quoting your sources     137
Proud of what you've done?     141
Making text your own - the essentials     141
Keeping up to date     143
RSS rules     143
Read all about it     145
Where's the stuff?     147
Just a quick letter     148
What's new, what's good?     151
Blog away      151
Online exam preparation     152
So what are you waiting for?     152
Index     153
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