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What did you think about the ease or difficulty of navigating the library’s Roadrunner search feature? What else did you notice?

In this assignment, you will compare your favorite internet search engine and the NCU Library’s Roadrunner Search as potential ways to source the scholarly literature collection for your potential research focus.

  1. Navigate to the Library home page. You should see a search bar near the middle of the screen under the Roadrunner Search tab.
    1. Enter your initial keywords and phrases from the list you created in Assignment 1. (Note: Ideally, you will continue to add to and modify keywords, phrases, and types of sources as you begin sourcing.)
    2. Note your observations as you examine the items in your result list. What types of resources appear? What do you notice about the resources? How are you able to narrow the list of results? What is the range of publication dates that appear? What did you think about the ease or difficulty of navigating the library’s Roadrunner search feature? What else did you notice?
  2. Navigate to your favorite internet search engine (e.g., Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Lycos, etc.). Be sure to note the internet search engine you use.
    1. Enter your initial keywords and phrases from the list you created in Assignment 1. (Note: Ideally, you will continue to add to and modify keywords, phrases, and types of sources as you begin sourcing.)
    2. Note your observations as you examine the items in your result list. What types of resources appear? What do you notice about the resources? How are you able to narrow the list of results? What is the range of publication dates that appear? What did you think about the ease or difficulty of navigating your preferred internet search engine? What else did you notice?
  3. Present your comparisons of the two search strategies for sourcing scholarly literature.

Length: 3-5 slides, excluding title and reference slides, with 1-page narrated script

References: Cite a minimum of 3 resources reviewed and/or used to explore both search tools

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