Welcome to Finding and Evaluating Electronic Information!


Over two days, participants will learn basic and advanced searching techniques for databases and the Internet. They also will be introduced to various techniques for evaluating information. Ultimately, they will learn how incorporate these techniques into the classroom to help students become better searchers and evaluators of information.

Evidence of need
When we proposed this course, we had 99 responses on our Junior information literacy survey. Less than 50% of students answered the Boolean search question correctly, and less than 25% of students knew that “having great skill or knowledge on a particular subject” is a measure of authority, which is a key concept in resource evaluation.

6/28 Do Now: Please visit the discussion tab above and respond to any or all of the three questions.

For Tomorrow

  • Bring a list of topics that your students research in your class.
  • Bring a lesson into which you would like to incorporate some facet of web literacy - how the Internet works, searching, databases, search engines, or evaluation (which we will cover tomorrow).

6/29 Do Now:

Yesterday, we spent a lot of time talking about searching strategies in databases. Besides searching, many databases also have great browsing features. Visit "Searching Databases" and scroll down to the bottom to read about the importance of browsing. Then, complete the activity below.

ACTIVITY: Access any database from the IMC's Electronic Resources page, and explore the browsing features of the database. Be prepared to discuss how accessible this database is for browsing. Note: Some databases do not have a browsing feature. If you choose one that doesn't, note this and then choose another.