Through the use of a simple mnemonic, NETS, this tutorial provides an efficient means of conducting an internet search for information using the search engine Google. It has the user work through a variety of brief exercises to learn the importance of Narrowing, finding the Exact phrase, Trimming back the URL, and finally, looking for Similar pages.
Type of Material:
Viewing this web page should be part of a prerequisite activity for students who are being asked to perform web searches. It is also a valuable professional development resource.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The primary objective of this web page is to help web users become more efficient at finding information on the web.
Target Student Population:
This site is useful for students assigned the task of searching the Internet for content. It is also useful for instructors who providing web links as online resources for students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
A basic understanding of web searching and general familiarity with Google would be beneficial but not necessary.
Evaluation and Observation
The author has done an excellent job of combining quality content with an easy to remember mnemonic device (NETS) that should help many viewers become more efficient when searching the web for information.
The author should consider expanding this tool to exaluating information found on the Internet.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This web page should be required reading for students assigned the task of finding information on the Internet The steps are simple and clear.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The use of simple language and the sequencing of the operations makes this web tool easy to use. The frequent use of examples to highlight each step of the process only strengthens the effectiveness of this tutorial.