How does this fit my need? Improving student research processes by changing the way we talk about web site evaluation Rudy Leon Instruction & Collection Development Librarian SUNYLA 2007 SUNY Potsdam College Libraries Thurs. 6/14/2007
Rather than answering the question, “Can I trust it?,” we now tend to answer orienting questions like, “ What is this?,” “How does it relate to my need?” and “Where does this come from?” Helping to teach users how to answer this type of question for themselves… is now how we see our role in teaching information literacy.
What are the elements of a URL? Identify the elements of this one:
Identify these extensions and what they represent:
.org .com .edu .gov .net .ca .mil .k12
What clues in a Web address might indicate you are on a personal Web site?
How would you conduct a search for the following: a list of Web sites of all the government institutions in South Africa? (Hint: South Africa’s country code is .za)
How would you conduct a search for the following: US higher education Web sites that contain the word hobbits?
How do sites get to the top of a result list in Google?
Q1: List 4 major search engines and a major directory Differences between search engines and directories When to use which: Show off specialty directories, such as LII and Scout Report for Deep Web searching Introduce students to the variety of search engines and results – my favorite is Jux2 A thought-provoking first step; awareness leading to critical thinking
Q7: How do you find the owner or publisher of a Web site? This is my favorite question; it gains student attention and drives home the need to verify sources – with ease About Page Footer Web page as page in a book Look up site on Whois Look up author in a search engine Show MLK.org Show T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S You can be fooled by folks who aren’t trying to fool you But it isn’t hard to check Web domains are sold By a number of different sellers Extensions are not reliable