I used my handy dandy google search engine. For the most part google is GREAT at predicting your search and quickly finding the most relevant results. I searched “social networks + education” it gave me a few online news paper articles to read and even a few essays written from other students that where publicized, but nothing that i found useful for actual research.
With the CUNY database i feel the results better fit the assignment which is to do actual research on the topic. Google sometimes sends a lot of random information in your direction. The CUNY database avoids all of that.
But overall, i dont think what search engine you use matters. For the most part i feel you can get just as strong of a research done on either search engine.
With CUNY+ when searching in their database, you are limited to the amount of keywords that you can use. The more keywords you enter, the fewer results that you will receive. The problem with this method is that if you are only able to enter two to three keywords you won’t find precise information that is related to your topic. For this reason, I was only able to find one useful source of information in my results, that was some how related to my topic. I think I prefer search engines such as Google Scholar better because you are able to find more accurate and useful results. Actually, I personally feel that in any search engine you will be able to find more information than in CUNY+, you will also have the advantage to use more than one keyword in a search engine’s database.
Then again each database is different. Some databases offer more than others. For example, an advantage of Google Scholar or any other search engine is that they will usually always give you full/half text article and even though Google Scholar only offers part of an article or a book you are still able to have a notion about what the article or book will be about, while in Cuny+, most of the information given is located and spread out amongst different Cuny schools and you are only given a short summary of what the article or book will be about. You will even be lucky enough in Cuny+, if you are able to download a PDF file of the book that you have chosen from your results, since most of the books can only be found by the Cuny schools that are labeled in each article/book.
After doing research on my paper now for and using different sources like Google, Yahoo, Bing and etc. I found it very hard to find good sources that could be legit and useful. After learning about Google scholar today I actually found as a life saver for this research paper. it is very well organized and extremely useful . I found many article and books that talk specifically on my topic and another really good interesting thing that I also noticed it expanded my idea on what else I should ask question myself about the topic. Google scholar is so far the best research source that I have used that takes me straight to the type of information I’m looking for.
While doing my research for my paper about social networking affecting education, I would say that Google Scholar is so far the best source outside school scholarly website/databases. With Google Scholar is very easy accessible in our home computer. Since Google is so popular and used more widely, Yahoo, Ask, Bing, etc., search toolbar aren’t so good. I’ve found many articles relating to my topic, so it would be very useful for my research paper to become more interesting.
“One student was refused an education degree with the accompanying teaching certificate because of her MySpace photograph, which was deemed “unprofessional.”” This quote was in this article that I approach while doing my scholarly search. Here’s the link to the article, if you would like to read further on: Online Social Networking Issues Within Academia and Pharmacy Education
Using scholarly sources like Google scholar and other library and university databases are really different compared to regular search engines. Google scholar gave me some real reliable results and sources. They may not have been as specific, but they where articles that had known authors and known websites known websites. Google scholar also gave me the ability to get free Ebooks In my search which I thought this was pretty amazing. There are many other websites like Eric.edu.gov, doaj.org, and etc… which give you real valid, intelligent sources of information. The only negative thing that I could say about Google scholar is that at times I had to word out my searches differently than I normally would. Other then that now that I know more about scholarly websites I will definitely be using it more often.
I read the posts below and saw that a lot of people used google scholar to obtain research information. After using scholar, I found that it is a very valuable resource. It is nice to be able to collect data from numerous articles as well as being able to find a lot of different resources having to do with my research topic. Entering in the correct search to find what you are looking for is the one problem that I came across. It takes time to formulate what information to put into the search engine to get what you want out of it.
In my first attempt into using Google Scholar I was able to find interesting resources that could be useful for my research topic. I was able to target this information by implementing specific keywords that were related to my topic. One of the books that came up was called Regulating Privacy: Data Protection and Public Privacy in Europe and the United States, By Colin J. Bennett. One of the main questions that this book focuses on is how do these two different regions with cultural differences react to the issues of privacy. The book also gives brief reasoning in to why the Americans and the Europeans have reacted the way they’ve done towards their privacy laws. This book is focusing primarily in to the cultural influence issues that what I will like to write about in my research paper. Like when it states, “The way in which different political systems have regulated the collection, storage, and communication of personal information may tell us about their cultural, ideological and institutional settings as well.” A big portion of my research paper will be based upon the influence of the cultural differences between Europe and the U.S. and how this different cultures and ideologies can have an impact in their concerns towards their privacy laws. So overall, for now, my first attempt and experience in Google Scholar has been pretty useful so far.