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Let's Look It Up! Kids Browse and Search Online

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Elizabeth F. McLean, Copyright 2010
Kids aren't always in school or at the library when they ask good questions. Parents and caregivers can be overwhelmed often and say things like - we should look that up! (LATER). or "just Google or Wikipedia it"). It is especially important now more than ever for kids to learn to answer their great questions by learning to look up information using good print or digital sources. Accompanies a web instruction module "Let's Look It Up!" that focuses on print reference resources. Information literacy tool.

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Let's Look It Up! Kids Browse and Search Online

  1. 1. Let’s Look It Up!Web Reference Sources for Kids<br />
  2. 2. Browse: Choose the right place<br />To browse online, always use web sites that your family or your teachers have guided you to, like these good selections from our lesson:<br />Kid search engines<br />2<br />LSC553 Elizabeth McLean<br />
  3. 3. To Browse is to…<br />...Look at the topics listed like these above and over here<br />With your mouse, click and pick out the ones that really grab your attention<br />Read what you have uncovered to see what you can learn.<br />Now you try it! <br />categories<br />subjects<br />3<br />LSC553 Elizabeth McLean<br />
  4. 4. Searching Online<br />To search online, first write down the main topic. Add a few other words that go with your topic or subject that you plan to learn about.<br />TOPIC: launch vehicle<br />rocket AND mission OR space<br /> NOT science<br />4<br />LSC553 Elizabeth McLean<br />
  5. 5. Using AND, OR, NOT with Search Words<br />This topic shows our main topic to be:<br />Launch Vehicle<br />Words we also want to use in this search with Launch Vehicle could be:<br />mission AND rocket<br />rocket OR space<br />mission AND space<br />This picture also represents a Search for Launch Vehicle AND rocket NOT science<br />By using NOT science in the Search box, we should expect results that will NOT include rocket science.<br />mission<br />NOT<br />Launch Vehicle<br />space<br />science<br />rocket<br />Type space AND rocket into your favorite kids web search engine. What results did YOU get? Click here to try it.<br />5<br />LSC553 Elizabeth McLean<br />
  6. 6. What do you see on this web search engine page?<br />How many ways do you see to browse on this page?<br />How many places can you enter search words on this page?<br />What other things can you look up from this page?<br />6<br />LSC553 Elizabeth McLean<br />
  7. 7. Important!<br />Choose web search engines that your teachers or parents have checked out first.<br />Remember that if you get stuck or can’t find something, you can always ask for help.<br />The web/internet does NOT have every book or reference source available. You should always use a mix of print reference and digital (online) reference sources. <br /> The best web sources cost money, so use the library search engines to access them! <br />7<br />LSC553 Elizabeth McLean<br />
  8. 8. Try this!<br />Keep a notebook with your topic searches<br />Write down:<br />The question you are looking up the answer to<br />The places that you looked that were helpful<br />The information that you learned that was good<br />Where you found the information that you plan to use if you are writing on the topic (citation).<br />Keep looking up your questions and ask for help when you need it! <br />LSC553 Elizabeth McLean<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Conclusion<br />Looking up answers is something great that You can do yourself.<br />Every time you look something up, you get better at doing it! It’s fun to find good answers!<br />You can combine Browse and Search steps (and repeat them) to learn about a topic you like.<br />You can always ask for help from family, teachers or your librarian!<br />9<br />LSC553 Elizabeth McLean<br />
  10. 10. Web Search Engine Sources:<br />AND <br />http://www.wordcentral.com/<br />10<br />LSC553 Elizabeth McLean<br />

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