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Peer Review

Searching the Web

by Michelle Mach


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Aug 12, 2009 by Library and Information Services
Overview: Searching the Web is a short, animated tutorial covering general tips for searching the web. It is appropriate for high school or college undergraduate levels.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: individual use
Technical Requirements: Flash, audio
Identify Major Learning Goals: Learn to search the web using multiple search engines. Learn to search the web using phrases. Learn to narrow search results. Learn to parse a web address.
Target Student Population: appropriate for middle or high school and college undergraduate level
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: basic computer skills

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The tutorial succinctly achieves its goals and provides clear examples of each concept. Examples are up to date and relevant to targeted age groups. User guides (PDF's) are also available which provide more detailed information. Self-contained. Accurate information, flexible, summarizes the concept well.
Concerns: Additional information about implications of a URL's suffix might be adding to its usefulness

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: This brief tutorial is visually attractive and entertaining and should hold student's attentions. The learning objectives are clearly indicated and not overwhelming for one tutorial.
Concerns: The last section about understanding parts of URL may be better placed at the beginning of tutorial.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Easy to use, very clear. Visually appealing and of high design quality.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: Very basic concepts to us, but this could be a very useful exercise for students just beginning to learn to search the web efficiently. Students will enjoy the use of humor in this tutorial.