Library Website Virtual Tour
This section of the Web site has many valuable
features. Some of the more popular ones are:
LIBGUIDES - if
you are looking for a class handout or subject guide, you will be able to
find it on this web page.
Citing Sources - All students need to understand and
master the citation style of their disciplines. These pages give many
examples of how to cite information taken from books, articles from print
journals, articles from online databases or CD-ROM databases, Web sites, and
so on. The examples cover both the MLA Style (Modern Language Association)
and the APA style (American Psychological Association).
Topics series - this page is a listing of several helpful series of books that
feature the pro & con position of many "hot" topics. The "Opposing
Viewpoint" and "Current Controversies" series have small essays specifically
written to support a position; the "Reference Handbook" series presents overviews and chronologies associated with different issues (for
example, "Family Violence"). All of these books are available on the 2nd
floor Reference Room and copies of most are available for loan on the 3rd
and 4th floors.
The Research Paper - Written by two librarians here at Rio Hondo
College, this handbook will help you to understand and apply good research
skills. It includes a step-by-step description of the 10 steps to a great
research paper, from how to choose your topic wisely to how to finish with a
good bibliography or Works Cited page. The 20-page handbook can be
downloaded and printed.
Internet Guides page includes information About Search Engines,
About Web Resources, Evaluating Websites in Power Point and html formats as
well as the link to a Library Website Virtual.
About Search Engines -
Robots (spiders) troll the billions of pages on the Web for the search
terms you type into the search box. No one evaluates the results you get
from a search engine - except YOU! You typically retrieve huge amounts of
irrelevant "hits" along with some worthwhile results.
engines seem to come in and go out of favor. To keep on top of the search
engine industry, and to find which engines are "hot" - we recommend that you visit Search
else do you need to search the Web? You need to know about what has been
called "The Invisible Web." The Invisible Web site FAQ
states that "The Invisible Web consists of searchable information
resources whose contents cannot be indexed by traditional search engines.
These include databases, archived material, and interactive tools such as
calculators and dictionaries. Since these resources are embedded within
thousands of individual Web sites, they are not "visible" to the
search engines of today." You can visit the Invisible
Web site by clicking
About Web directories &
portals - we recommend using a Web directory when you want to quickly
find some authoritative Web sites because these directories have human editors who actually
view and evaluate Web sites with regard to a number of important criteria,
such as accuracy, authority, coverage, currency and objectivity.
Not sure about the
differences between an online database and a web site? This
directories offer a categorical approach to the information on the Web.
You normally start with a
broad category in which you hope
your topic belongs, and then click on more specific categories as you make
your way to your topic. Most directories also have a Search function as
well. Two examples of subject
directories are the Librarian's Index to the Internet and the Open Directory
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