Online Search Literacy- Some Helpful Resources for Teachers and Students

The key to unlocking the educational potential of the virtual world is through knowing how to effectively search it with the minimum time and efforts possible. Effective search in this sense refers to the ability to locate targeted information online using ‘informed search queries’. It does take time and practice to develop such an ability but it is worth every single second you spend learning it. Once you learn the skill, you will save so much time that would  be have been wasted tracing those search queries that render six figure number of responses.

We have been sharing several tutorials, tips, and graphics on how to help students develop effective search strategies which you can access from this page. Today we are adding another excellent resource from USC Beaufort Library. This is basically a tutorial made up of 20 well crafted lessons all geared towards helping learners build effective web search skills. The lessons are very short and feature only the basic things learners need to get started in the right direction. We have been browsing this collection of lessons and we found them a real treasure trove that teachers should definitely access and share with their students. Here is a round-up of the lessons covered by USCB Library’s Bare Bones Tutorial:Lesson 1: Search Engines: a Definition
Lesson 2: Metasearchers: a Definition
Lesson 3: Subject Directories: a Definition
Lesson 4: Library Gateways and Specialized Databases: a Definition
Lesson 5: Evaluating Web Pages
Lesson 6: Creating a Search Strategy
Lesson 7: Basic Search Tips
Lesson 8: Searching with Boolean Logic and Proximity Operators
Lesson 9: Field Searching
Lesson 10: Troubleshooting
Lesson 11: Ask Search Engine: A Closer Look
Lesson 12: Clusty Search Engine: A Closer Look
Lesson 13: Dogpile Metasearcher: A Closer Look
Lesson 14: Gigablast Metasearcher: A Closer Look
Lesson 15: Google Search Engine: A Closer Look
Lesson 16: MSN Directory / Search Engine: A Closer Look
Lesson 17: Yahoo! Directory / Search Engine: A Closer Look
Lesson 18: Graveyard for Dead Search Engines
Lesson 19: Final Exam
Lesson 20: Beyond “Bare Bones” 

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