Definition of Algorithms: A set of instructions that decides what content you see, and what order you see it.
What is Google useful for:
It can be a good starting point for your research, but you shouldn’t stop with Google.
Major issue with Google's Algorithms: It’s not possible to have a complete understanding of algorithms because of the lack of transparency.
Summary of how Google's Algorithms work:
Limitation for academic research:
Databases have Filters!
WorldCat (the search box on the main library home page used to search for books and other library materials):
Here are some of the filters used by WorldCat:
EBSCO (Collections of articles like Academic Search Complete)
How does EBSCO sort search results?
Important EBSCO Filters:
The library has specialized databases:
We also subscribe to specialized databases that grant access to articles on specific topic, streaming films, historic primary sources, and raw statistical data just to name a few.
Databases are imperfect in sorting results and sometimes the best results for your topic might appear in the 2nd or 3rd screens.
Fact checking tips (or how to avoid the filter bubble)