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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: Mar 28, 2005 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: Tutorial on web search engines.
Four Nets for Better Searching is a tutorial on how best to do a search on the
Internet, to find exactly what you want.
Type of Material: Tutorial and practice.
Recommended Uses: Could be used in entry level courses, especially information literacy courses as
well as an introduction for a good method to search for
materials on the Internet.
Technical Requirements: No special technical requirements are needed, since this is simply an html page.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The site can help anyone refine their Internet searching skills.
Target Student Population: Anyone can use this site, but it would be particularly useful for students who
need to do searches on the Internet to find topics relating to research
projects. Middle, high or college students.

Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None, although some knowledge of search engines would be useful.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: A very simple and useful tutorial. Provides practice for students as well as a
description of the best ways to search.Step by step approach. Good visuals.

Concerns: One of the links was not an active link.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Hands-on, interactive approach used. Provides versions of the similar material
in other languages. Since it provides some interactivity, the students can
actually practice finding sites, rather than just reading how to do it. And a
worksheet is provided that they can use in the future.
Concerns: If the worksheet were available for interactive data entry on-line, it would be
better. As it stands, the student must print the worksheet and then write in
the information they get from the searches.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Extremely easy to use, simple vocabulary used

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