Searching the Web: Information Literacy Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Educators

Your Name and Title: Melda N. Yildiz, Faculty

Library, School, or Organization Name: Kean University

Co-Presenter Name(s): Brianne Mahoney, Altagracia Petela

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: New Jersey, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Teacher Candidates, Teacher Educators, University Librarians, K12 Teachers

Short Session Description (one line):

This session proposal will be based on online research tools, tips and strategies for in service and pre- service teachers.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

"Without tools and methodologies for gathering, evaluating, managing, and presenting information, the Web's potential as a universe of knowledge could be lost." John December ( 

In this session, we will share "Internet Search Skills" for developing lesson plans. Assuming the role of a student researching a lesson plan, educational resources, students not only explore various search engines and search skills but also authenticate the information on online resources.


Participants will be able to:

. explore various search techniques to find educational resources effectively.
· identify the importance of authenticating online resources.
· recognize the signs of bias and omission in information and validate online information.
· authenticate Web sources based on site authorship or ownership, content and currency.
· describe the structure of uniform resource locators (URL's) and how URLs can be used to determine authorship and credibility.

Suggested activities:

Instructor provides the handout which includes Internet addresses. 

Instructor asks the students deconstruct a URL address.

Discussion about Zack and the websites, uk stands for United Kingdom, ac stands for academia, etc.

Suggested discussion questions. 
· How many of you use the Internet for research and homework? 
· How would you rank the Internet as a homework resource, compared to the school library, and public library? 
· What are the advantages of the Internet over more traditional resources? 
· What are the disadvantages? 
· What is the difference between publishing material on the Internet, and publishing material in books? (Traditional publishing incorporates a series of "gatekeepers" such as editors, proofreaders and fact checkers. On the Internet, authors can bypass these gatekeepers. As long as you have the technical know-how to create a Web page, you can publish your thoughts online.) 
· How much of the information you find on the Internet do you think is true and can be trusted – all of it; most of it; some of it; none of it. 
· Do you ever do anything to confirm that the information you have found online is true and can be trusted? 
· What do you do to check that the information you find on the Internet is reliable? 
It's important that all of us – adults and young people – to learn how to search the online resources better and tell whether online information is accurate and trustworthy.

Students talk about the importance of search skills in the classroom. Reasons why the educators need to provide search tips, skills, strategies, and resources to the students.

Example search tips eliminating commercial sites showing up at the top of the search by putting - (minus)
mp3 "Asian* music" - host:com - host:tr + host:org or simply use – (minus) sign –com

For library databases
· Using the word AND between two words or phrases finds pages with both words or phrases – computers AND teaching.

· Using the word OR between two words or phrases finds pages with at least one of the words or phrases – laptops OR palmtops.

· Using the words AND NOT between two words or phrases finds pages with the desired word/phrase where the second word/phrase is not included – computers AND NOT apple.

· Using the word NEAR between two words or phrases finds pages where those words/phrases occur close to one another in any order – John NEAR Jack.

· To find all the pages that contain the variations of a word, i.e. child, children, childhood, etc., type child*. This can also be use to find pages which may contain variations in the spelling of a word - to get pages for theater and theatre, type theat*.

· To find pages that contain a particular image, such as an ocean, type image:oceans.
· To find pages that contain a word in the URL, such as computers, type url:computers

Resources to be shared

World Catalog-

Library Database Research

Noodle Tools-

Atomic Learning-

Teaching Zack to Think-

Jo Cool or Jo Fool- by Media Awareness Network- Media Smarts-

Deconstructing Websites-

Search Engine Watch-

Image or video Search on Search engines

Project Gutenberg

Library of Congress-

Lesson plans resources- such as

Searching for webquests

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:  (Our slides will be posted on this page)


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