Using the Internet to find
Students in grades 7-8
Why do kids use the
• It’s easy
• It’s fast
• It’s current
• It’s fun
• You are going
right to the
So, what’s wrong with
• Anybody can put
anything on the internet
so your information
might be incorrect.
• Crazies are out there!
You have to be safe.
• There are things you
shouldn’t be seeing on
What’s this all about?
This presentation will show you
– How to choose a topic for a research paper.
– How to use the internet to find good information
– How to use the internet to help get a report in on
– How to find magazine and encyclopedia sources
on the internet.
– How to find out if a website is a good source of
– How to stay safe when you are using the internet.
This is Charlie. He’s
doing a report on
Iraq because his
cousin is over
there right now.
He wants to know
about what it’s like
there, and why
there is fighting in
What does he know already?
First, Charlie opened Appleworks and made a
form with two columns, like this one.
Charlie wrote down the things he
already knows in the first
column. They are statements.
WHAT I KNOW
•Iraq is on the other
side of the world.
•The seasons are
•The land is very
different than ours
•There is a war there
Charlie looked at the
statements and made
questions for the “What I
want to learn” column
WHAT I WANT TO LEARN:
•How does their weather and
climate compare to ours?
•What is their land like?
•Why is there fighting in
Charlie looked at his questions and came up
with these goals for his paper.. He will:
• Compare Iraq’s weather and land to
• Find out reasons for the war.
Now they are statements again
because “statements” answer
Setting up a schedule
Here’s a tool Charlie found on the school
research webpage to make sure his paper gets
done on time. 7th and 8th graders might find
this useful You need to have an e-mail address
for it to work!
Research Project Calculator
First you fill out this
Then this page will come up and show you what you need to
have done by each date, so that you will be finished on time.
Click on each task for hints on how to do things if you get
stuck! Plus, you get e-mail reminders.
Places to look for information
using the internet
Start on the school webpage and go to the “Library and
Research page.” First try the “Pine Point Library” link
by clicking on it.
Here are the books Charlie found in the
Pine Point Library when he did a search
for Iraq books.
Here are the books Charlie found in
the Pine Point Library when he did a
search for Iraq books.
- he can see that they are
- at first he wondered why
an Animal Rescue book
was there, but when he
looked at the description,
he found out that there’s a
section on rescue dogs in
- For more details, he
clicked on the books.
Next, on the Pine Point Research page,
Click on “Research Sites for 6-12” and
this page will come up:
Charlie went to a box near the bottom of the
page and chose “Junior Reference collection.”
He clicked on “Iraq” in the right-hand column
He’s got full text encyclopedia articles on this
page, and if he clicks primary sources, he’ll see
speeches about Iraq, and if he clicks mulitmedia,
he’ll see maps and flags!
Going to the “InfoTrac Student Edition link,” on
the “Research Sites for 6-12” page, Charlie can
access magazine articles, books, multimedia and
“Browsers” are indexes of the internet. You use
them to find information. There are two browser
links on the school webpage: Ask for Kids and
Ask for kids is set up so that you can put in a
question just like you would ask a person, and you
will find webpages to answer those questions.
Google is well-known because it has so much
information. You can search google using terms
(single words) instead of whole sentences.
Charlie typed in “What is Iraq’s climate?” in “Ask for
Kids” and got this response:
Those underlined links at the bottom mean if you click
on them you will go right to those resources!
Charlie typed in “What is Iraq’s climate?” in “google”
and got this response:
Charlie wanted to find out why we are at war in Iraq. He
used the phrase“Iraq War, Why?” Ask for kids gave him
Can you tell where this information came from?
Is the Info-please almanac a good source?
Source and date right here.
Looking closer at the Google
• Wikipedia Wikipedia is an encyclopedia on the
web that has been written by anyone who wants to
add information to those pages. Make sure you
verify any information from this site and also check
the references link on each page.
• Sponsored Links: If a link is sponsored,
someone has paid to put it there. The person
paying for it can put anything on that site, so it may
not have straight facts.
• Bias: is when someone feels strongly about
something and arranges the truth to support his/her
beliefs. Many pages on the internet are biased.
There are several sites on this page that are written
by people who don’t like the war or the president
who got us involved in the war. They are biased.
This doesn’t mean what they say is wrong, it just
Looking at the webpage
address for information
You can tell the source of information on a website by looking at
the address. The last three letters will explain:
– .com: Commercial: is trying to make money, not always a
– .gov: U.S. Government source
– .org: An organization; often with strong bias
– .edu: School or university. May be a student. Check!
– .net: networked site
– .~ if this sign (~tilde) is on the front of a name, that means
it’s a personal website. Verify any information you find on
What have you learned?
Now, see what you have learned by going to
this webpage and going through these
pages. When you’ve finished, you’ll be even
better at finding out the best information on
Evaluating Websites 101
The Evaluating Websites 101 presentation was
Written by Carol Anne Germain and Laura Horn
University Libraries, University at Albany
Getting it together
Charlie decided to use the two books
in the library, the article he found in
the database and the information he
got from Ask for kids. He had to find
a way to show his teacher where he
got his information, so he went to
/ to have the computer write out
citations for him. He was able to
answer his research questions and
Staying safe on the
Charlie knows how to be safe on the web. Do you?
-Don’t ever give out your name, address, or phone
number or post pictures of yourself.
-If you don’t know the person sending you e-mail,
don’t open it! Unsolicited e-mail (spam) often
contains viruses that will mess up your whole
computer and the computer of everyone in your
-If you open a webpage that is rude or embarrassing,
click out of it right away. The school has software to
protect you from those sites, but sometimes they still
-Facebook and other social networking sites are fun,
Bullying is wrong in person or on line. If you
but not resources for reports. If you participate, be
careful! being harassed, tell someone right away.