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Exploring and evaluating online resources february 2012

  1. 1. Exploring and Evaluating Online Resources Monique Flaccavento OISE Library monique.flaccavento@utoronto.ca
  2. 2. By the end of today’s session, you will have: Strategies to help your students evaluate websites Strategies to help your students improve their Google searches An awareness of student-friendly resources beyond GoogleOutcomes
  3. 3.  Evaluating Websites Improving Google Searches Alternatives to Google OnlineResources Available Through Knowledge Ontario / School Board Library SitesAgenda
  4. 4. What are some of theissues / challenges yourstudents will face whensearching the internet?Discussion
  5. 5. Issues students face in searching:---------
  6. 6. A search for Immigrants Toronto in Google…
  7. 7. …yields over 14.5 million results!
  8. 8. How could a student be tricked into thinking that these sites are real?Tree Octopushttp://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/Martin Luther Kinghttp://www.martinlutherking.org/Evaluation of Websites
  9. 9. pp. 31-32Tools for Evaluating Websiteshttp://go.utlib.ca/cat/5993033
  10. 10. Improving Google Searches
  11. 11. - (to exclude)“ ” (phrase search)ORgoogle site:.edu* (Obama voted * on the * bill)Improving Google Searches
  12. 12. http://www.askkids.com/
  13. 13. http://kids.yahoo.com/
  14. 14. http://quinturakids.com/
  15. 15. http://www.quintura.com/
  16. 16. http://www.yippy.com/
  17. 17. http://www.dmoz.org/Kids_and_Teens/
  18. 18. What makes this search engine better / worse than Google (for your students)?Be prepared to share your findings with the class.Activity
  19. 19.  http://www.askkids.com/ http://kids.yahoo.com/ http://yippy.com/ http://www.quintura.com/ http://www.dmoz.org/Kids_and_Teens/ Activity
  20. 20. Internet Licensed Resources No editor or  Professionally created gatekeeper (not / edited filtered)  Materials carefully Sponsored hits / selected (censorship; quality control) advertising  Current / No censorship (no continuously updated criteria – anyone can  Indexed with Subject post anything) HeadingsFree Internet vs. LicensedResources
  21. 21. What are KO Licensed Databases?
  22. 22. http://eresources.knowledgeontario.ca
  23. 23. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/libraries/cat.asp?schoolNo=9
  24. 24. Licensed Databases
  25. 25. The importance of… Formulating a clear research question / topic (pages 12 – 16 of Research Success @ Your Library) Selecting the “right” keywords and synonyms (see pages 10 & 11 of Research Success @ Your Library)Other things to Consider…
  26. 26.  Creating effective search strategies (pages 21 & 22 of Research Success @ Your Library)Other things to Consider…
  27. 27. Monique Flaccaventomonique.flaccavento@utoronto.ca416-978-1867Oraskeloise@utoronto.caQuestions? Contact us!We’re here to help!
  28. 28. These slides are available online

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