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Evaluating
Web Content

Check that:

1. The author has expertise on the topic.

2. The source of the content is stated.

3. The content can be independently verified from other sources.

4. The info is current & the site maintained.

5. The site includes contact information.

Source:Cohen, Laura and Trudi Jacobson. 2008. Evaluating Web Content, library.albany.edu/
usered/eval/
evalweb/

Find Books, Movies, Music…

Aquabrowser:

    When you use the SEARCH box at the top of this and all of our pages, it will send you to the our Aquabrowser search screen. To learn how to use Aquabrowser, view the brief video tutorial, or follow the printed tutorial below.

    [VIEW VIDEO TUTORIAL]

    There are three sections to the page:
    Aquabrowser search screen
  1. THE CENTRAL PANEL displays your search results, ranked by relevance. For each item, you will see the title, author, publisher and subject information. To view the entire record with a list of libraries that own it, and whether the item is checked in, just click on the title.
    central panel
  2. THE WORD CLOUD on the left shows you related terms, spelling variations and translations. Click on words in the word cloud to explore the contents of the catalogue.
    word cloud
  3. THE RIGHT COLUMN lets you refine your search results to a specific library or to a specific format, author, language, time period, topic, or series. Click on any term to focus and narrow your results.
    refine search
  4. ADVANCED searching. Click ADVANCED on the right in the top blue bar in order to search using keywords in multiple fields (title, author, format, subject, publisher, series, publication year).
    advanced search
  5. FOR MORE DETAILED HELP, click HELP on the right in the top blue bar.

Classic Catalog:

If you prefer searching the way you have in the past, go to the Aquabrowser screen, click the CLASSIC CATALOG tab at the top of the page. When you view your account and when you place a hold on an item, you will be sent to the classic catalog.

Below are instructions for using the classic catalog. The rules for keyword searching, phrase searching and wildcard characters apply to both the classic catalog and Aquabrowser.

  1. KEYWORD SEARCHES
    • The HOME Tab
      The HOME tab is the active tab at the top of the page. Here you can do quick searches using keywords for author, title and subject at the same time, narrowing your results. Use quotes (") to search for phrases. Click the red arrow to see the results of the search.
      keyword search screen shot
    • Keyword Search Results
      Keyword search results can be limited to one type of material or one library. To do so, click on the pull down arrow ∇ in the LIMIT BY box at the right, and select a type of material or a library. Then click on the tan arrow button to the right. Keyword search results can also be sorted by title, publication date, etc. To do so, click on the pull down arrow ∇ in the SORT BY box, and select a type of sort. Then click on the tan arrow button to the right
      LIMIT BY search screen shot
      When keyword results are returned, select the item you are searching for from the list by clicking on the title. A screen will be displayed that tells you whether the item is checked in or checked out at your local library. If it is checked in, look for it on the shelf. If it is checked out, you may reserve (place a hold on) the item. See the page "Request an Item" for detailed instructions.
  2. BROWSE SEARCHES
    • The SEARCH Tab
      Click on the SEARCH tab to use a browse search if you have exact information about an item such as the exact title, author, subject, etc.
      browse search screen shot
      A browse search will bring you to an alphabetical list of items. Choose the item you are searching for from the list by clicking on it.
      results list
    • Browse Search Results
      Author and subject browse search results (only) can be limited to one type of material or one library. To do so, click on the pull down arrow ∇ in the LIMIT BY box, and select a type of material or a library. Then click on the tan arrow button to the right. Author and subject browse search results (only) can also be sorted by title, publication date, etc. To do so, click on the pull down arrow ∇ in the SORT BY box, and make a selection. Then click on the tan arrow button to the right.
      refine search screen shot
      When the browse results for any type of browse search are returned, select the item you are searching for from the list by clicking on the title. A screen will be displayed that tells you whether the item is checked in or checked out at your local library. If it is checked in, look for it on the shelf. If it is checked out, you may reserve (place a hold on) the item. See the page "Request an Item" for detailed instructions.