What is research?

"the collecting of information about a particular subject"


"the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions"

Evaluating Information Obtained on the Internet:
When surfing the Web for information, it is wise to apply the C.R.A.P. test to evaluate the quality and value of a source before using the information. C.R.A.P. stands for:

C.Currency (when was the article published?)
R.Relevance (does it supply information that you need?)
A.Authority (the source of the information...are they qualified to speak on their topic? is evidence provided to support the argument? is it a .com? .edu? .org?)
P.Purpose/Point of View (the reason the information exists...does it inform, argue, entertain,persuade?)

Search Engines


A Search Engine for Students. It searches only credible Web sites approved by Internet research experts.


A general, multipurpose search engine used as much to sell products as to provide information most likely used for academic purposes. Information obtained using the Google search engine should be evaluated using the C.R.A.P. analyzer.

"Mashable is the largest independent online news site dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology. With more than 20 million unique monthly visitors, Mashable has one of the most engaged online news communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco."
Mashable Website


If the information is found on a subscription database then the information is considered reliable because the companies who created the data bases have evaluated the sources and only provided information that is accurate. The application of the C.R.A.P. test is not necessary.

Sirs Issues Researcher:
  • Select Natural Language Option
  • Use Advance Search feature as it provides the opportunity to easily conduct a Boolean search [Boolean Search Explained]. If you put “Digital Footprint” and then use the pull down menu to ask that the term be in the title, the results are interesting...there are none. Try it again using the full text option and plenty of articles appear, although none use “digital footprint” in the title. Look at the bottom of the aarticle summaries to see the tons of related search terms.
  • It also gives the researcher the option of sorting the resorts by Lexile - low to high or high to low.
It is Getting Hard to Hide in Cyberspace

How To Lose Your Job On Your Own Time

Online Behavior Jeopardizing College Plans

Look at these subject terms---are any of them related to your digital footprint search?
Subjects: Communication and technology, Identity theft, Internet crimes, Internet, Psychological aspects, Privacy, Right of, Technology, Technology, Social aspects, Teenagers, Suicidal behavior, Internet and youth, Internet addiction, Internet, Social aspects, Cyberbullying, Facebook (Web site), Web 2.0, Online social networks, Technology, Statistics

Opposing Viewpoints
  • Typing the phrase “digital footprint” into the search box does bring up some articles with “digital footprint” in the title.
  • Use the News option on the left side

Digital footprint can damage job seekers

Job hunters: polish that online image

Digital footprint can hurt college chances

Student Resources in Context
  • The initial search on the phrase “digital footprint” only produces one article with the phrase in the title.
  • The News section has 135 articles but one must scroll past quite a few to find “digital footprint” in the title.
Internet use leaves digital footprints

Schools add lessons in Internet etiquette and safety

  • The Magazine collection of articles offers some new material and similarly the phrase “digital footprint” appears in some titles.

Actiance: recording digital footprints

Impressing sports recruiters with a winning digital profile

Empower your students and yourself as digital citizens

  • If you use the basic search, be sure to place “digital footprint” in quotation marks.
  • Magazines have the best selection of titles with the phrase “digital footprint” in it.

Digital Footprints on the Internet

Online Behavior Jeopardizing College Plans

  • If you select Advance Search you have the option of using “Natural Language” or “Boolean Search”. Professor Khodos has asked for Boolean search instruction therefore select Boolean and then click on the adjacent “Create Your Query”

California Law Helps Youths Salvage Online Reputations

Your Digital Trail: Private Company Access

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