Searching tips for beginners and old-timers

Barbarb Semonche, library director at The Park Library, UNC-CH, put together a valuable web page filled with search tips and resources for a workshop of high school students.

When I read the web page, I realized that it was valuable for our newsroom as well.

Why, you might ask?  Too often, I hear reporters referring to their research as ‘googling’.  I know.  It’s a good search engine, but Google is the entry point, not the end of the journey.

We are cynics and rightly so.  We sometimes need to be reminded of that when we’re searching the Internet.  This web page presents good search strategies and links to sound resources.

The page deals with podcasting, social networking, wikis, as well as internet search engines.

There’s a section of journalists’ and news librarians’ top-rated sites as well as useful, but not infallible web sites.

Check it out and plan to return.  There’s much to digest here.


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