Google vs. Web of Science
The assignment has students search the same topic in Google and the Web of Science or BIOSIS database. They are asked to pick one result from each search, identify its components (title, author, year) and identify the container of the information (journal, book, news, etc.). They are then asked to compare and reflect on the different results.
- Examine the difference between searching the open web and a literature database
- Identify the containers of digital information
- List the parts of a scholarly citation
Discipline:Library and Information Science
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Suggested Citation:Cataldo, Tara. "Google vs. Web of Science." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2020. https://www.projectcora.org/assignment/google-vs-web-science.
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