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EP Library Lessons: Smart Googling

Smart Googling

Essential Questions:  

How do I find appropriate sources to answer questions?

How do I evaluate sources so that I am using the best resources?

How do I verify the information? 

Keyword Searching, Web Evaluation, Information Verification

Use these three steps when searching the internet:   

  • use quality search terms
  • evaluate the web sites
  • verify the information

Watch this video of a student doing an appropriate internet search:  

Watch this video for tips on determining the Who What When Where & Why of Websites:  

Standards

AASL Standards for the 21st Century

1:  Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

1.1.4 Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.

1.2.5 Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry. 

1.4.1 Monitor own information-seeking processes for effectiveness and progress, and adapt as necessary.

2: Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge. 

3:  Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society. 

3.1.6 Use information and technology ethically and responsibly. 

4:  Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

   

Web Vocabulary

Blog:  an online diary or journal entries posted on the internet

Database: a collection of information stored on a computer and organized to make any part of it searchable (ex. World Book Online, RICAT) 

Download: to transfer data or programs from a server or host computer to one's own computer or electronic device

URL:  (Uniform Resource Locator) website address, starts with http or www.

Website:  a group of World Wide Web pages usually containing a homepage and hyperlinks to each other and made available online

Wiki:  a Hawaiian word meaning quick - a website that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections to the information

 

Keyword Search Strategies

Task 1:  Internet Search Terms

How to create the best internet search:  

List a few of the most important words for the subject.  

Leave out the unimportant words such as:  

   who, what, why, how, the, a, by, for, from

Watch a creative video for ideas on developing a good search:  

Web Evaluation

Task 2:  Web Evaluation

How to evaluate a website: 

Who?  Is the website creator an expert on the topic? 

What? What is the purpose of the website? 

When?  When was website created and last updated? 

Where?  Where does the information come from? 

Why?  Why is this page useful? 

Evaluate these websites for the Who What When Where & Why.  

Website 1:  Mike the Headless Chicken

Website 2:  The Tree Octopus

 

Credits

LibGuide Page Created by Mrs. Basso

‚Äč Cranston Public Schools Librarian, Woodridge Elementary & Stadium Elementary Schools