Finding Sources - History

When investigating the history and technical aspects of the internet, just about everything is going to be a one-off type of search. You think of something that you want to know, you go out and find it, and then only refer back to it when you want a refresher or to know more.

  • Name: Wikipedia
    • Access:
    • Frequency: As often as you feel is necessary.
    • Information: A starting point to help guide you to more concrete resources.
    • Query: [critical internet infrastructure]
    • Evaluation: 10/1. Wikipedia is hard to evaluate as a source. For just finding things out, it is a 10 because the layout and general setup of a wiki makes it very easy to find what you are looking for. However, due to the nature of a wiki it can't really be trusted. You have to follow through on the sources that they list to confirm any of the information you find for yourself. So it is a 10 for a source finder, but a 1 as a source itself.
    • Miscellaneous: I will reiterate what I said in the Evaluation bullet: Wikipedia is not a primary source. That doesn't make it a bad source, but it does mean that there is another step of follow through when using wikipedia.
  • Name: Living Internet
    • Access:
    • Frequency: As often as you feel is necessary.
    • Information: An organized view of many aspects of the internet.
    • Query: n/a
    • Evaluation: 8
    • Miscellaneous: Simple and to the point. This site isn't going to win any awards for design, but what it lacks for in style it makes up in spades with the sheer volume of information.
  • Name: Google Scholar
    • Access:
    • Frequency: As often as you feel is necessary.
    • Information: Search here for journals and books related to your query. Very advanced information.
    • Query: ["packet switching"], any topic you want informatoin on
    • Evaluation: 4
    • Miscellaneous: This is serious information for serious people. You will not find a howstuffworks explanation of the topic you are looking for here. The information you get from Google Scholar is largely dependent on how much you already know about the subject and will not hesitate to present you with articles that may be way out of your depth.
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