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International Business: Internet


Searching the Internet is not as easy as you think. The libguide toolbox Information literacy skills can get you started on the right foot. 
For various subjects you will find more useful tips on this page

Search tips

Here you can find more information about searching the internet

Below are two examples of how to search with Google and Google scholar. Here the search term "Design Thinking" has been chosen, but you can replace this term with any word you want to search for

Google Web Search
Google Scholar Search

Google advanced

Use Google Advanced , to performe a more specific search.

For example for publications in pdf in a certain language.

With Google Advanced you can use the Boolean operatoren AND (all these words), OR (any of these words) and NOT (none of these words). Also the option for "exact search" is offered. With this option, the words, phrases or sentences are put in between quotation marks, and searched for exactly so.

Besides that options to limit to language, country, update, domain (.org, .edu etc.) and filetype (.doc, .pdf etc.) are possible.

Libguide: Interesting websites

The Libguide Interesting websites: International Business is a libguide with links to websites about: 

Consumer assistance
International Organizations
Doing business - exporting Marketing
E-books and E-journals
Research companies
Industry information
Statistical information

Google Scholar

Use Google scholar to search for academic information. The results are presented in a different way then in Google. When Stenden Library has access to the article or publication in one of its databases, a link is provided on the right hand side next to the result: FullText @ Stenden Library 

Underneath the results in Google Scholar you will find the following links:  

Cited by - refers to articles that have used the article above

Related articles - shows articles that are about similar topics related to the article above

Cite or " - provides the reference to the article in different citation styles like APA.

How to evaluate sources on the internet

Using the internet you can find a lot of information. Not all information is reliable. After all, anyone can post information on the Internet. In order to determine whether information is trustworthy, you can look out for a number of things:

Who is the author?

Who is responsible for the informatin, who has been writing? Is this person an expert? Look into the background of the author (or organization). Has he / she  been publishing book or journal articles more often.

For what purpose is the information published?

What is the purpose of the text? Is to inform and give the information objectively? Or is it to for opinions and does it include opinions or prejudices: is it intended for commerce and does it involve selling a service or product? What is the purpose of the website of the person or organization behind it. Is contact information provided or is the only option to leave your contact details to get in contact?

Are there any references to sources? 

It is clear  ont which the information was based? How reliable are these sources? How recent is the information?
On the Internet there are many checklists in circulation that allow you to check the reliability of information on websites.

Examples: the CRAAP test

and video:

Or the T is for Thinking: the ICYouSee Guide to Critical Thinking guide

and checklist:

Everyone can publish on the Internet, but how do you know if this information is reliable?
Check the libguide Literacy skills: evaluating the quality of internet sites