Comparison of Search Methods

We use the three methods to find the source in this unit, the three methods are very good, but all of the method all has the pros and cons. The most common method we used is using Google to search the key word directly. We first select several key words from our topic, then we input the key word in Google, we can obtain some website that we want. The one of pros of this method is large sources we can obtain. The sources were listed by the matching degree, maybe we can get the wonderful source. However, the sources were not listed by time, so maybe some sources which list front were post several years ago. Meanwhile, although we get some useful information, we also get some information not useful.

JSTOR is another method, we input the key words in the JSTOR. And we can input several key words and use the transition words to connect. And we can get some academic information about the research. The sources would be books, articles, pamphlets, and other forms. The sources are all scholarly sources, and the sources are very useful. However, in the result of the search, only a book or article contains the key words, it can be a source in a result. So I think it is very difficult to find a source you very like.

Academic search method is finding the academic sources directly. We need to find a book or an article about our topic. But it is very different a book or article that matches our topic very much. We can find in the internet or the library. But I think this method is not convenient for us to find the source. This is suit for some professional people to write the professional article.

I recommend the JSTOR to other students. The pros of this method are that we can find the creditable sources. Because using this method, we can find the articles and books, these all were published, so it is very credibility. In my essay, I write the examination systems of the China and America, I just put the examination and two countries, and we got several results. In these results, I think two books contain some information are useful. However, using this method you cannot input lots of key words, because if the lots of several key words will cause the no useful results. And finding the resources which are very match our resource will  cost our lots of time.


Different College Entrance Examination between China and America

I find a source from the Internet, this is a post in a China blog, but the language is English. The title of the post is Different College Entrance Examination between China and America. The author of this post is a Chinese student who studies in America. The audiences are the all people who read the blog. In the all audiences, some kinds of audiences most pay attention on the post. One is the Chinese students who are decide to study in America, they watch the post and know the difference examination system in both countries, and they can start to prepare to study abroad. Another kind of audiences are some American students who are interested in the Chinese education culture, and they can look the post to know some information.

The purpose of the post is introducing the both countries’ examination and different college entrance examination policy. The audiences can know some differences between China and western countries according to knowing the differences of the two entrance examination types. And they can know more different culture, absorbing more essence of other culture. The author introduce the SAT and Gaokao (China Entrance Examination) to make the audience know the difference.

In the post, the audience thinks that the importance of the Entrance Examination are different in two countries, and both countries have the their own education concept and examination content. In China, the student learn in school are for examination. In other words, examination leads teaching, teaching is passive, and students are passive. But in America, students are active, and it is teaching that leads examination. The author takes an example to illustrate the points. In China, the College Entrance Examination is only chance for student to enter into universities. And only once per year, in my home town, 500 thousand students take the college exam, but only 50 thousand students can enter into the universities. So Gaokao is very important for students. However, in America, the students can take College Entrance Examination SAT several times in a year. And some students do not take SAT and also can enter into universities. So the SAT is not very important for American students.

I think the author achieve his purpose, because the Chinese read the post they can decide to study in China or in America, if they decide to study in America, they can prepare the SAT at once. And the American students read the post they can know the real China College Entrance Exam. And I think this is a good source. I am a Chinese students, and I know the China Entrance Examination. And I study in America at the present, and I took the SAT. So I know the contents in the post are accuracy. So, I think this is a good resource.

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Works Cited

Qing, Candy. “Different College Entrance Examination between China and America.” sina blog. Ed. Candy Qing. Fri. 17 Sept. 2013.