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LRC103 Internet Research Strategies: Week 5

A course guide of the library's one credit course offered in fall 2014

Week 5

Week 5: Choosing Information

Learning Outcomes:

  • Compare the differences between Google, Google Scholar, Google Books, and library resources
  • Analyze the impact of filter bubbles
  • Identify the right resource


Reading and Videos:

  • Beaware Online “Filter Bubbles”. Eli Pariser. TED. May 2. 2011. Web. 02 Sept. 2014
  • Cutts, Matt. How Search Works
  • Chan, Min Li, Fritz Holznagel, Michael Krantz. What is the Internet? Mountain View, CA: Google, 2010. Web. 8 March 2012.


Lesson Plan

  • Homework review and midterm introduction- 10 min;
  • Filter bubble mini lecture-5 min;
  • Group discussion-10 min;
  • Mini-presentation (two groups)-5 min;
  • Google Scholar&Books -10 min
  • Library Databases 15 min
  • Homework overview-5 min


Activity: Group Discussion and Mini-Presentation on Filter Bubbles

Ask two friends of instructor’s (outside NY and outside the US) to give a screen shot of his/her Google page on searching “organic food”.


Divide the class to two groups. Give each group 10 minutes for discussion and 2 minutes to report how filter bubbles impact the way people find information. Group A works on the first two questions and Group B works the last two questions.

  • Pros and Cons of information customization
  • What does it mean by page ranking? How does it affect search results?
  • In addition to relevancy, what other factors to consider when you look for information?
  • Is that possible that companies such as Google cannot track your information?



Think about the career you are interested in after graduation. Find one article from the following three sources:


Look for information about qualifications (such as education and training) and annual salaries in each source and answer the following questions:

1. Are the salaries listed different? Why do you think they are different?

2. Are the qualifications listed different? Why do you think they are different?

3. Which of the three sources is the most helpful for you to learn about the future job?

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