A website dedicated to informing secondary students and their teachers of copyright law, plagiarism policies, and caveats in order to uphold literary integrity and digital ethics through a compilation of various media.
Here's a megalist for my fellow media specialists/teacher-librarians. It's taken a while to gather all the information and I will continue to add to this page. Currently there are close to 185 sites listed. There is SO MUCH information out there!
Use the contents of this Kit when you need help understanding an information fluency method. Choose from the Topics below.
Contents of this Kit
Browsing Homing in on information by persistently selecting better keywordsQuerying a Database Using keywords effectively to clarify your research question across multiple databasesTruncation Navigating by manipulating URLsPage Information Investigating page freshness, meta tags and moreDeep Web Querying Investigating domain ownership using specialized databasesLink Operator Investigating references that link to Web pagesBias Detection Analyzing the perspectives of an authorFact-Checking Using search engines to evaluate the credibility of informationSearch Strategies Applying appropriate techniques to solve search and evaluation problemsRed Flags Diagnosing the signs that suggest information cannot be trustedVideo Index Nurse Sandie, Enrique, Felicity, Tetsuo and Doc examine information fluency
This section covers finding sources for your writing in the World Wide Web. It includes information about search engines, Boolean operators, Web directories, and the invisible Web. It also includes an extensive, annotated links section.
This tool is built on Google's Advanced Search and conducts a Google search with the keywords that you fill in for each field. As you type, WATCH as the Wizard builds your query in the search box above. Then click Search. Evaluate the results and revise your keywords to get the best results for your topic!
Wikipedia's most common sources of information are news outlets, books, and academic archives. So if your teacher has banned Wikipedia, just follow Wikipedia's trail of sources to get to the good stuff. Oh, and don't tell them we sent you.
Wikipedia is a solid way to begin a search on many topics IF you follow the backtrail to the sources listed in the article.
As a school librarian, I agree with this advice. If you know little about a topic that you are researching, begin with Wikipedia to gather search terms and find sources of information from the citations. Wikipedia should not be cited as a source for academic research, but it can be a tool for finding sources that are.
A Google alternative safe search engine for students offering information and reference sites: art, social sciences,social issues,social problems, history, biography, magazines, newspapers,encyclopedias,science, chemistry, biology, lesson plans,...
Conducting ResearchThese OWL resources will help you conduct research using primary source methods, such as interviews and observations, and secondary source methods, such as books, journals, and the Internet. This area also includes materials on evaluating research sources.Using ResearchThese OWL resources will help you use the research you have conducted in your documents. This area includes material on quoting and paraphrasing your research sources, as well as material on how to avoid plagiarism.