Mar 28, 2005 by
Information Technology Editorial Board
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.
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.
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
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.
One of the links was not an active link.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
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.
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.