Additional Web Resources/Online Search Guidelines
Protecting patron privacy and confidentiality are of upmost importance and a priority for libraries!
- Privacy Learn about the filter bubble and use your search engine’s ‘incognito’ setting
- Part of the Internet Archive, a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. – Wayback Machine is a collection of archived websites/webpages
Web Evaluation Guidelines
Evaluate your sources – Guidelines/Resources
- Compare – Epa.gov vs. Epafacts.com
- Search for “dinosaur” on Wikipedia.org vs. Conservapedia (Look at the “Talk” page).
- Vampire Authors: Sometimes people take credit for another person’s work. See Google Books and Amazon for “Lambert M. Surhone” = ‘vampire author’. “Lambert” has put his name on many titles, taking authorship credit.
- “Pacific NW tree octopus” See: https://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
- “The Pope Comes to America” – CNN news video showing the Pope pulling a tablecloth out from under candlesticks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYjeWGH8Z1c
- Clone Zone: “Tweak the world’s most popular websites” Sites like these make it easy to trick searchers into believing they are accessing a reputable source when it’s just a clone of a site. For example, the New York Times can be cloned and edited to look like it contains reliable news from this source when in reality it’s made-up information.
Searching and Recommended Resources found outside Delaware
Professional Resources from PLA (Public Libary Association division of American Library Association)
To assist you with question-answering processes on LibAnswers:
Tutorials & How To’s Page
Technology troubleshooting and issues:
Having trouble logging in? Many times, clearing your browser’s cache (search history) will make things work. This is also great to know for your patrons.