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Peer Review

Four Nets for Better Searching

by Bernie Dodge


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 20, 2005 by Teacher Education
Overview: 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: Tutorial

Recommended Uses: 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.
Technical Requirements: None
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

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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.
Concerns: The author should consider expanding this tool to exaluating information found
on the Internet.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This web page should be required reading for students assigned the task of
finding information on the Internet The steps are simple and clear.
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: