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Web-Based Research

Knowledge of and ability to use Internet and intranet-based facilities for information gathering.

Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Explains the pros and cons of performing research on the Internet.

Explains the purpose and use of search engines.

Identifies several known or respected web-based research sources for the given industry.

Studies web-based research techniques in a formal or academic setting.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Describes direct experience in locating and providing web-based content for a research project.

Works with several Internet search engines.

Uses web-based encyclopedias, glossaries and dictionaries to find definitions of unfamiliar terms.

Uses established process for evaluating the relevance, authority and accuracy of web-based content.

Documents the use of www, telnet, FTP, newsgroups and other web-based information sources.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Conducts thorough and extensive web-based research on a variety of subjects.

Identifies which search engines are most effective for specific types of research.

Evaluates website content according to the intended purpose and intended audience of the site.

Teaches others how to evaluate web page content based on author's intent for creating the page.

Archives important content due to potential volatility of web pages.

Ensures that copyrights are not violated when using published content.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Develops a high degree of expertise in researching topics on the Web.

Develops a list of key websites that are uniquely suited to research activities.

Trains others in effective web-based research techniques.

Advocates the use of style sheets for citing web-based resources.

Establishes standards and procedures for the validation of web-based content.

Keeps abreast of new web research tools and techniques.

Interview Questions

  • How do you determine the validity of information found on an unfamiliar website?
  • Tell me about your experience conducting research using online resources.
  • Tell me about your most successful research project that used online research.
  • What steps do you take to quickly find the online information you need?

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