Databases: My Faves
Finding information in today's world may seem rather easy, especially with the accessibility of the internet and easy to use search engines like Google. However, for anyone out there that wants Real information, that is completely accurate, databases are the way to go.
At first, I found databases useless. Like most, I thought Google could provide all that I needed, and databases were a waste of time. In past computer classes I had used them unsuccessfully because I could never find what I was looking for. I topic I search tirelessly for in a database, came right up when I put it into Google. So from then on I put my faith in Google to give me the answers i was looking for. I still thought the same thing as we used databases on the Salt Lake City Library site. In class, I had run into the same problem that I always had.
Nothing came up when I searched for my topic. So the class period was mostly a waste to me. However, I know I had to find something, so I began alter my topic a bit, in hope that it would bring some article up that I could talk about in a Google Doc and talk about here. Once I did this little thing, I found plenty of articles and even some that I will use in my research paper.
On Historical New York Times I found articles about military schools and 1970s New York teacher salary changes that would work for my topic and gave some statistics that give me a good starting point for further research of past teacher salaries. On Utah Digital Newspapers, I was most surprised because it gave me the most useful and relevant articles out of all the databases, and I was not expecting them from Utah. I found speeches from the 1907 speeking out about how standardized tests may not be the most effective way to determine how well a teacher is doing their job.
This article will for sure be going into my paper as it touches on all points that I will be going after. Also that fact that this article is over a hundred years old and some areas of the US are still having a problem with standardized testing amazes me.