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					Using the Internet to find
    best Information
     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
  the web.
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
           different there
           •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
  •How does their weather and
  climate compare to ours?
  •What is their land like?
  •Why is there fighting in
    Research Statements

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
   both available
   - 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
                academic journals!
          Using Browsers
“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.
          Comparing results

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!
           Comparing results
Charlie typed in “What is Iraq’s climate?” in “google”
 and got this response:
          Evaluating sources
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.
Google Results
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
      good source
   – .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
      this site.
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
                    the web!

          Evaluating Websites 101

          The Evaluating Websites 101 presentation was
          Written by Carol Anne Germain and Laura Horn
             University Libraries, University at Albany
                           January 2001
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
address book.
-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
get through.
-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.

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