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USING THE INTERNET
Lynn Fancher's Classes

Marge Peters . (630) 942-2337 . petersm@cod.edu


1: STARTING POINTS:
The Library's Home Page: http://www.cod.edu/library
The College of DuPage Home Page:
http://www.cod.edu
Notice headers and footers for topic choices: Academic, C.O.D. Online, The MAC...

2: TIPS ON URLs
Spelling counts!
Be careful of punctuation marks -- is that a period or comma you are typing?
URLS do not end in periods.
In your listing of recommended sites, can your teacher read your URL? Start with http:// and be sure to include www if that is part of URL.

3: GATEWAY SITES: Many sources listed on one website, organized by topic: examples are Yahoo (directory section), DMOZ, Librarians' Index to the Internet, etc. See links on Library homepage under "Search the Web." http://www.cod.edu/library/research/searchTools/directories.htm

Yahoo: http://dir.yahoo.com
Science > Biology > area of choice (or directly at http://dir.yahoo.com/Science/Biology/)
Be careful!: be sure you take the last step to find an actual website listed in Yahoo. If the URL still has yahoo in it, you haven't clicked to complete the final link.

4: SEARCH ENGINES: Word and phrase searching (Google, Ask.com, Yahoo Search and others).See links on Library homepage under "Search the Web." http://www.cod.edu/library/research/searchTools/searchengines.htm
For many search engines, you may want to use quotation marks to keep phrases together: "DNA fingerprinting"

5: RESEARCH GUIDES:
Links to useful websites from Biology Research Guides. See index at http://www.cod.edu/library/libweb/Peters/BIOLOGY/index.htm

6: CITING SOURCES

The Library's Citing Sources Guide
MLA and APA styles are featured, with citation examples, along with links to helpful websites for CBE (Biology) and Noodlebib, a citation formatting program
http://www.cod.edu/library/research/citenet.htm

7: ASSIGNMENT CALCULATOR
Library's Assignment Calculator
Fill in your assignment deadline and the program will calculate dates for research milestones.
http://ac.codlibrary.org/

 

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