World Wide Web Search and Summary Report:  Example

Rob Smith 
October 4, 2010

Web Search and Summary Report

1.  "Study links TV viewing among kids to later violence"


This site was useful because it concerns researchers and professors.  The author is a medical specialist, and that might lend credibility to my own presentation.  There is a discussion of various studies and the idea that TV teaches behavior.  The website is engaging in that it is somewhat colorful, but not particularly creative, with a stock graphic of a TV.  There are, however, no links to other TV violence websites which I would have liked to see.  There were no hindrances in navigating the website but it could have been more exciting.

APA Reference List Entry:

Blakey, R. (2002). Study links TV viewing among kids to later violence. Retrieved October 5, 2008, from http://archives.cnn.com/2002/HEALTH/parenting/03/28/kids.tv.violence/index.html

Parenthetical in-text entry: (Blakey, 2002)

2.  "TV Violence Study Confirms Fears"


I found this study to be useful in my research because it focuses on a TV study and reports its findings.  It also lists recommendations for parents, which is something I would like to focus on.  There is a lot of information on this website.  The page layout is very nice and it is easy to read.  There are bold words, numbers, and indentions that make the page more engaging.  There is only one graphic, however, and there are no other colors on the page.  It is easy to read and navigate, especially with the bold words indicating new topic areas.  I would have liked to see more links to other related sites, and more colors as well.

APA Reference List Entry:

Rolfe, D. (1996, May). TV Violence Study Confirms Fears. Retrieved December 18, 2006, from http://www.dove.org/columns/1996/column9605.htm

Parenthetical in-text entry: (Rolfe, 1999)

3.  "How TV Affects Your Child"


On this website I found useful information concerning research from the National TV Study, as well as suggestions and statistics.  There was also a lot of information on the page concerning nonviolent societies which I did not find useful at all.  The page layout consisted of black text on a gray background.  The text was only on the left side of the page, while the right side was blank.  I found this very unexciting.  It was easy to understand, but boring to look at.  There were no pictures or colors throughout the entire site.  It was easy to navigate because all you need to do is scroll down.  I would like to have added links, graphics, and color to this website.

APA Reference List Entry:

Gavin, M. L. (2005, February). How TV Affects Your Child. Retrieved December 18, 2006, from http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/tv_affects_child.html

Parenthetical in-text entry: (Gavin, 2005)

4.  "Dr. Jeanne Beckman, Links to Other Sites"


This website was perhaps the most useful one I came across.  It has links to many sites regarding TV, violence, parents, pediatrics, and studies.  There is no direct information on this page but when I click on the link "TV violence and kids" I get information on specific, statistics, and other ideas relevant to my research.  The site is engaging because there is color, bold words, and links.  It is very easy to read, and there are no design features hindering navigation.  It is easy to navigate by scrolling down and clicking on various links.  There are boxes and colored words that also assist in making the navigation of the page fairly simple.  The one feature I would add to the page would be graphics, but the site doesn't appear to be boring without them.

APA Reference List Entry:

Jeanne, B. (2004, June 24). Links to Selected Sites. Retrieved December 18, 2006, from http://www.jeannebeckman.com/page22.html

Parenthetical in-text entry: (Beckman, 2004)

5.  "Research on the Effects of Media Violence"


I found this website to be very useful because it discusses media violence and its impact on children.  It also focuses on parents and what they can do to help their children "unlearn" violence.  There are also various studies discussed that will be useful to me.  The page layout wasn't very exciting.  There was one logo on the top of the page, and no other graphics or colors throughout.  The article was written in small black text.  There were no links on the page except for comments at the end.  I would have liked to see links added.  I would also have found the site more engaging if there were colors or pictures.

APA Reference List Entry:

Jonathan, F. L. (n.d.). Research on the Effects of Media Violence. Retrieved December 18, 2006, from http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/issues/violence/effects_media_violence.cfm

Parenthetical in-text entry: (Freedman)

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