Electronic School, January 1999, p. A20

Here are five winning tips on how your students can get the most out of searching for information and resources on the world wide web:

  1. Consider the search question before you start. Students need to think about different ways to ask their questions, anticipate where they may have trouble, and determine the sources that will provide the best results.

  2. Become familiar with the technology. Before starting, students should be familiar with the basic workings of a web browser, including bookmarks and how to use search engines.

  3. Select the right search engine. Some search engines will be better suited than others at returning relevant results. Your students should realize that just because a search engine finds a lot of information, it doesn’t mean that such information will necessarily be the best.

  4. Evaluate a site’s credibility. It’s important to be able to tell the difference between commercial and informational sites. Students should also be aware of the many sources of subjective material on the web, such as personal home pages, lobbyists and advocacy groups, and marketing sites.

  5. Integrate the information. After finding relevant and credible online sources, students need to know how to incorporate their Internet research into the lesson or project at hand.