Internet Searching Tips

Savvy Internet Searchers:

  • Define task using own words and what information you hope to find
  • Conduct searches with targeted key words, yielding focused results
    • May need to try different combinations of key terms, quotation marks, etc. as well as select the Advanced Search option
    • Begin to recognize and revisit trusted favorite sites
  • Recognize reliable and valid sources
    • Check date last updated, author's credentials, purpose of website
    • Don't believe everything you read!
      • Use at least two sources to verify information. Don't just use the internet either!
      • Don't use sites you suspect of engaging in plagiarism (paste phrase in search engine to find elsewhere)
    • Use Primary resources when possible (i.e. letters, interviews, diaries, magazine accounts, etc.)
  • Understand and respect intellectual property rights
  • Try using search engines other than just Google. SweetSearch is a kid-friendly search engine with educator/expert researcher results
  • Bookmark and share good sites with Diigo, Delicious, etc.

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