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How to Find and Evaluate Free Online Resources

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How to find and evaluate free, useful online resources for seniors

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How to Find and Evaluate Free Online Resources

  1. 1. How to Find and Evaluate Free Online Resources Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D. teresa.welsh@usm.edu
  2. 2. Types of Web Sites  Advocacy  Seeks to influence people' opinion  Promotes a cause     Business  Promotes a product , service, customer support     Informational  Provides factual info on a topic or topics  News  Provides current info on local, regional, national, or international events/topics  Personal  Author is person or family with no official org affiliation  Entertainment  Games, music, animation, or video for entertainment Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 2
  3. 3. Criteria to Evaluate Web Content 1. Currency – Is there a date created or updated on the Web page and is it current or appropriate? 2. Authority – Is the author/creator of the Web page named and do they have expertise? 3. Reliability – Is the domain .edu .gov or .mil (most reliable), .net or .org (depends on org), or .com (least reliable)? Is content objective/unbiased, accurate? 4. Scope – Is the information complete? Is it basic or advanced? Who is the intended audience? Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 3
  4. 4. Web Indexes Compiled by Info Specialists  http://www.ipl.org/  Internet Public Library  http://www.itcompany.com/inforetriever/  Internet Library for Librarians  http://libraryspot.com/  https://scout.wisc.edu/archives/index.php?P=Advanced  Internet Scout Project Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 4
  5. 5.  http://www.beaucoup.com/  http://www.dmoz.org/ Meta-Search Engines  http://www.dmoz.org/  http://mamma.com/ Vortals (Subject Specific)  www.sc.edu/beaufort/library/pages/bones/lesson4.shtml Search Engines Compiled by Robots Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 5
  6. 6. 6  and (default) (limits search results)  or (expands search results)  “ ”  +  -  ~  ..  * bound (exact) phrasebound (exact) phrase “blue sky”“blue sky” requiredrequired +google+google withoutwithout -yahoo-yahoo synonymssynonyms ~automobile~automobile year rangeyear range president 1940..1960president 1940..1960 wildcardwildcard “francis * coppola”“francis * coppola” (one or more words in a phrase)(one or more words in a phrase) Searching Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 6
  7. 7. 7 Searching  Domain library site:usm.edu  File type filetype:pdf  Images  Local search pizza Hattiesburg  Within URL or Title  allinurl, inurl, allintitle, intitle  www.google.com/intl/en/help/features.html Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 7
  8. 8.  Google Translate translate.google.com/  Toolbar toolbar.google.com  Book Search books.google.com  Scholar/Citations scholar.google.com/  Documents, Spreadsheets docs.google.com  Picasa (upload photos) picasa.google.com  Google Guide www.googleguide.com Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 8
  9. 9. Free Online Databases:  eric.ed.gov/  Education Resources Information Center  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?otool=wiuwiblib  PubMed  www.ingentaconnect.com/  IngentaConnect  www.osti.gov/scitech/  SciTech Connect Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 9
  10. 10. Free Tech Tools:  https://www.openoffice.org/  Similar to Office Suite, compatible w/Word, Excel, Ppt  http://www.wix.com/  Create a personal Web page  http://animoto.com/  Create a video photo album with background music  http://pixlr.com/  Photo editor  http://www.skype.com/en/  Video call anywhere for free Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 10
  11. 11. Virtual Cloud:  Sign up for free account www.dropbox.com/  Save files in various formats to virtual cloud: photos, documents  Access Dropbox account from computers, phone  Can invite persons to share access to specific folders  Syncs files from multiple computers  Dropbox tutorial at SlideShare Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 11
  12. 12. Fun Apps  Create a Bio Poem cuip.uchicago.edu /~adarice/cwsite/poems/ biopoemform.htm  Create Cartoons www.toondoo.com/  Delicious.com bookmarks delicious.com/  Create Map www.google.com/mapmaker  Create Your Own Newsletter paper.li/ Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 12
  13. 13. More Useful Sites for Seniors  Free senior newswire, resources http://savvysenior.org/  Weebly.com Web site, blog builder http://www.weebly.com/  The Internet Archive/Wayback Machine http://www.archive.org  Instagram Phone App filter images, post to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr http://instagram.com/ Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 13
  14. 14. Where can I find free medical info?  http://nihseniorhealth.gov/  Information by topic  Health videos  Free Tips on Healthy Aging e-newsletter  http://www.webmd.com/  Search by symptom, health condition, medication  http://www.mayoclinic.org/  Symptom checker, First-aid guide  http://www.pdrhealth.com/  Search by drug name, health condition, or disease Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 14
  15. 15. Medical Info for Specific Illnesses  Heart Disease  http://www.heart.org/  http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/  Cancer  http://acor.org/ and http://www.cancer.org/  http://www.cancer.gov/  Diabetes  http://diabetes.org/  http://ndep.nih.gov/ Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 15
  16. 16. Keeping a Healthy Body, Mind  go4life.nia.nih.gov/  Exercises, Tip sheets  www.helpguide.org/life/senior_fitness_sports.htm  Exercise & Fitness over 50: Tips for Getting Started  www.lumosity.com/  Brain games to exercise memory & attention  www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/  7 Brain-Boosters  www.alz.org/ and www.alzinfo.org/ Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 16
  17. 17. Anti-Aging Nutrition  www.nutrition.gov/life-stages/seniors  www.helpguide.org/life/senior_nutrition.htm  What your body needs, Tips for healthy eating over 50  www.doctoroz.com/videos/  Dr. Andrew Weil  Supplements, super foods, breathing exercise  www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/anti-aging-foods-gallery  32 foods that fight aging Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 17
  18. 18. Where can I find business and investment information?  www.usa.gov/topics/money/investing/tips.shtml  www.bbb.org/council/  Better Business Bureau  www.sec.gov/investor/seniors.shtml  SEC Investing Tips for Seniors  www.investor.gov/news-alerts/  Tips to Avoid Investor Fraud Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 18
  19. 19. How can I find US government info?  www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors.shtml  Consumer protection, fed & state agencies, money/taxes, retirement, travel/recreation  www.c-span.org/live/  videos, podcasts, smartphone app  US Government Manual  Official Handbook of US gov  Lists gov agencies, contact info Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 19
  20. 20. What about info on congressmen?  Congressional Directory  Bios of congressmen  www.govtrack.us/  Tracks congress voting record  http://www.opensecrets.org/  Fundraising amounts, top donors  http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 20
  21. 21. What about Mississippi info?  www.ms.gov/content/Pages/ServicesResidents.aspx  Online services for residents  www.statelocalgov.net/state-ms.cfm  List of links to state by department, county, cities  www.866ourvote.org/state/ms  Miss. election information  www.visitmississippi.org/  www.deep-south-usa.com/mississippi/ Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 21
  22. 22. How can I find historical info?  www.loc.gov/  Digital images, historic newspapers, audio  American Folklife Center, American Memory  mhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/  Smithsonian exhibit  www.archives.gov/index.html  Veterans service records, historical records, photos  mdah.state.ms.us/new/  State archives, digital images, public reading room Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 22
  23. 23. How can I find historical videos? YouTube Videos www.youtube.com/ Create a free account, subscribe to channels Favorite Videos The Southern Miss Story  www.youtube.com/watch?v=z--6nAEEAO4 Beatrix Potter Collection at OLLI  www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbRRFg9-tkU de Grummond Children’s Literature Exhibit  www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKuqEEJ6dgk Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 23
  24. 24. How can I find genealogy info?  http://home.ancestry.com/  https://familysearch.org/  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/  http://usgenweb.org/  http://www.findagrave.com  Cemetery search  mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/gen_research.php  libguides.lib.usm.edu/genealogy Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 24
  25. 25. Where can I find travel tips?  www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/trip-planning/  www.getyourguide.com/  www.tripadvisor.com/  www.retiredbrains.com/  www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors/Travel.shtml  Amtrak Senior Discount  Federal Parks & Recreation Senior Pass  $10 lifetime pass Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 25
  26. 26. Mississippi Resources  mississippibelieveit.com/home/  www.mlc.lib.ms.us/ServicesToLibraries/BPHLS.html  Blind, physically handicapped library services  Audio books, braille books & magazines, large-print books  www.gulfcoast.org/  www.natchezms.com/  www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm  Natchez Trace beautiful, historic scenic drive Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 26
  27. 27. Hattiesburg Resources  www.hattiesburg.org/  www.hattiesburgms.com/  downtownhattiesburg.com/  Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association  www.hattiesburghistoricneighborhood.com/  www.hattiesburgms.com/cultural/museum  African-American Military Museum, Armed Forces Museum  www.hahsmuseum.org/  Hattiesburg Area Historical Society Southern Miss OLLI Seminar3/28/2014 27

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