Learning Exercise

Searching the Invisible Web

In this activity learners search for information using search engines, databases, catalogs, directories, and social media. They compare findings within and across types of searching tools.

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Exercise

To find what you're looking for, it may be necessary to tap into the invisible web, the sites that don't get indexed by broad search engines. http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2cRPg8/:12dbdqHES:AwomEmL-/www.collegedegree.com/library/college-life/99-resources-to was designed to help you do just that, offering specialized search engines, directories, and more places to find specific subject information.

1. Choose a research topic. Jot down possible key words (which you may revise as needed depending on the search results).

2. For each of the following types of information tools -- search engines, databases, catalogs, directories, and social media -- choose two, jotting down the reason for your choice. Find two relevant information resources for each tool.

3. Compare the process and results for each type of information tool (e.g., Turbo10 and Clusty), and among different types of information tool (e.g., database versus directories).

4. Compare your process and results with 2 peers: one with a similar research topic, and one with a dissimilar research topic. Write down your conclusions and implications for future research searching.

Technical Notes

Internet connectivity

Requirements

List of citations for 10 appropriate information resources on a given research topic (note which information tool in which it was found).

Written essay that includes: a research topic; key words; list of 10 information tools and the reason for your choice; comparison of the process and results for each type of information tool  and among different types of information tool; comparison of search process and results with 2 peers; conclusions and implications for future research searching.

Topics

ICT literacy, information literacy, research skills, searching strategies, Internet searching

Learning Objectives

Find appropriate information resources from each of the following ypes of information tools: search engines, databases, catalogs, directories, social media. 

Identify and critique a variety of information tools for each of the following types of information tools: search engines, databases, catalogs, directories, social media.

Explain how to choose an appropriate information tool.

Assessment

Resource list criteria: appropriateness fo each resource for the research topic, correct citation information, notation of information tool used

Essay criteria: inclusion of all elements; clarity, thoroughness and insightfulness of analysis and comparison of process and results