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Teacher Guide Web Research Guide Overview

Web Research Guide is designed to help you and your students explore the ins and outs of conducting effective research on the Web. Inside Web Research Guide, you will find resources that will help your students:

  • use various types of search tools to locate Web resources
  • conduct thorough, systematic Web research
  • judge a Web site's usefulness and reliability
  • cite electronic sources
  • understand basic Internet terminology

You may wish to move through the tutorials in this guide as a whole class, or you can have students use the guide as a reference tool throughout the year.

This guide includes:

Internet Basics Quiz This 10-question quiz tests students' prior knowledge of the Internet and its uses. Students' responses should help you determine how much time to spend in each tutorial. Have your students take the quiz online or distribute the one-page printable PDF version.

To view a PDF file, you must have the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader installed on your computer. You may download the Reader for free if you do not already have it installed.

Tutorial: Doing Research on the Web This tutorial introduces students to the different kinds of search tools—including search engines and directories—and guides them through the process of creating a search strategy. Students will also find Web research tips, two interactive activities, and a chart that summarizes the pros and cons of the Internet and the library.

Tutorial: Evaluating Web Sites Anyone can publish anything on the Web and pass it off as an authoritative source of information. For this reason, students doing online research need to know how to tell the difference between trustworthy, objective Web sites and unreliable, biased ones. This tutorial provides criteria for evaluating Web sites and activities that allow students to apply these criteria. A PDF file containing the Web site evaluation criteria is available for download.

Tutorial: Citing Sources This tutorial explains how to properly paraphrase, quote, and cite online sources used for research. MLA-citation styles and examples are provided, as well as a practice activity that allows students to create MLA citations of various Web sites.

Internet Expert Quiz Once students have completed the three tutorials in Web Research Guide and feel that they have an understanding of the key concepts, they can take this quiz to show what they've learned. Have your students take the quiz online or distribute the one-page printable PDF version.

To view a PDF file, you must have the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader installed on your computer. You may download the Reader for free if you do not already have it installed.

Recommended Web Sites We have searched the Web for some of the best sites for students of language arts, social studies, science, math, and world languages. Students may wish to use these sites as a starting point for their own research. Encourage students to bookmark their favorites for future use. We will continually update this section with new sites; encourage students to visit frequently.

Internet Terms to Know Throughout Web Research Guide, Internet terms are defined at point of use. Students can click on a hyperlinked word to see its definition in context. These terms are also available as a complete list. Consider printing this glossary for students.

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