Online Research: How to find quality materials on the internet
It’s time to begin researching!
We will use the online databases to access journal articles
We will also learn how to find reliable websites online
What is a database?
There are lots of great magazines and books available for you to use for your reports. The library is not physically big enough to have all of these materials available. Databases can store all that information online – where space is not an issue. We will teach you how to access them!
Accessing the databases
Go to library home page fortworthgov.org/library
Under the Search the Catalog section there is a Browse section
Click on Reference Databases
This takes you to a list of organized databases…go to Homework
Using the database
At home: you will need your FWL card to sign in – type in the numbers under the barcode on the back
In the library: a login is not required
Searchasaurus for grades K-3
Kids Search for grades 3-8
Type in keyword or search by clicking on the pictures
Works similarly to Searchasaurus
Has a different set of materials available
The internet has a lot of information.
How do I know where to find safe and reliable website?
Ask a librarian
2. Search from a list of sites reccomended by a trusted source: School? Library? http://www.ala.org/greatsites http://www.fortworthgov.org/library/info/default.aspx?id=5656
3. Know what makes a website reliable
Anyone can get a .com address
( .edu and .gov and .mil should be reliable)
Does the website have an author? Is the information credited to a person or organization that can be researched?
Is the website current?
This does not guarantee a site – but does give good indicators of its authenticity.
4. Child friendly search engines are also available
Ask your librarian for suggestions!
There is a lot of information out there!
Your friendly children’s librarian is always available to offer suggestions, help provide search strategies and more. We want you to learn and we want to help you!