This fall, students at a handful of schools in Connecticut and South Carolina will learn how to read, understand, and critically evaluate internet search results using an experimental new technique. The project is part of a three-year, federally funded study by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Clemson University that aims to find a way to improve the internet literacy skills of disadvantaged students.

If the results from an earlier part of the study are any indication, it's an area of urgent need. Fewer than 10 percent of the study's participants always check the...

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