Research Pathfinders 2.0


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Part of my presentation on how media specialists can use Web 2.0 tools to rev up their research pathfinders and to help students develop their own research portals. Please see .

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Research Pathfinders 2.0

  1. 1. Research Pathfinders 2.0: Information Streams for Student Research Presented by Buffy Gunter Hamilton, Ed.S. Georgia Council of English Teachers Conference 2009, Jekyll Island, Georgia February 6, 2009
  2. 2. Research Pathfinders <ul><li>Used since the 1970s by libraries and librarians to help guide patrons to the resources needed for a research task. </li></ul><ul><li>Pathfinders include print and digital materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Carefully constructed pathfinders can help students access quality information more efficiently. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Elements of Research Pathfinders <ul><li>Web Resources: Traditional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.edu or .gov </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper or magazines online </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web Resources: Nontraditional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos (YouTube, TeacherTube) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Print materials </li></ul><ul><li>Database/subscription materials </li></ul><ul><li>Human resources </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment instructions/handouts </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Do We Find the Best Path to Information? <ul><li>Image courtesy of Creative Common license from </li></ul>
  5. 5. Collaboration: The Key to Quality Pathfinders <ul><li>Work with your media specialist/librarian to determine the best information sources for your students. </li></ul><ul><li>The research questions and research design impact the information sources you may need. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Research Pathfinders 1.0 <ul><li>Lists of information sources (books, websites) </li></ul><ul><li>Static </li></ul><ul><li>The user is required to seek all the information. </li></ul><ul><li>More time and efforts are involved in updating these pathfinders. </li></ul><ul><li>Created as a traditional web page or Word document. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Traditional Style Pathfinder
  8. 8. How Do Research Pathfinders 2.0 Help Manage Streams of Information? Image used under a Creative Commons license courtesy of
  9. 9. Research Pathfinder 2.0: Staying Afloat in a Sea of Information <ul><li>Web 2.0 tools help manage the streams of information available. </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 tools help librarians embed content more easily. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can “pull” information to them rather than always “pushing” to find information from favorite sources. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Research Pathfinder 2.0 Toolbox <ul><li>Widgets </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Information Portals (Pageflakes, NetVibes, iGoogle) </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregators to “catch” feeds (Google Reader) </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul>
  11. 11. Research Pathfinder 2.0
  12. 12. Research Pathfinder 2.0 <ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 13. Research Pathfinder 2.0 <ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. Research Pathfinder 2.0: RSS <ul><li>RSS=Real Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Code that allows us to pull the latest information from our information sources </li></ul>
  15. 15. Research RSS Made Easy
  16. 16. Research Pathfinder 2.0: RSS <ul><li>Database searches </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking services (, diigo) </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube Channels </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Google Library and Google News </li></ul>
  17. 17. Tour of Research Pathfinders 2.0 <ul><li>Tour of Research Pathfinder 2.0 Resources: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>