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Google vs. Databases Activity

Sample Topic

lawn care services and the environment


1. Use the following questions to analyze your source to determine if it is credible and how you know.

  • When was this published or posted?
  • Where did it come from? Who published it?
  • Who are the authors? What are their credentials?
  • Is there any evidence of bias? Is the information reliable? How do you know?
  • Is this source credible? Would you use this in an assignment?

2. Discuss these questions with your group and then each group will share their findings with the rest of the class.

Database Result

Tanaka, J. (2003). "Splendor in the Grass: Gadgets for the Smart Lawn". Newsweek, 141(21), 65.

Google Result

Clayton, Bryan. "Mow the Lawn or Pay a Service?". GreenPal. GreenPal Co. 1 April 2015. Web.

Database Result

Harris, E. M., Polsky, C., Larson, K. L., Garvoille, R., Martin, D. G., Brumand, J., & Ogden, L.. (2012). Heterogeneity in Residential Yard Care: Evidence from Boston, Miami, and PhoenixHuman Ecology, 40(5), 735–749

Google Result

Montalvo, David. "Maintain law, save planet? Why landscaping matters". CNBC. 4 July 2015

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