Effective Internet Searching

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Effective Internet Searching by Mind Map: Effective Internet Searching

1. Evaluating Websites

2. Clarify

2.1. Students consider what information they are looking for.

2.2. Brainstorm key search words, and synonyms in groups

2.3. Defining the task is beneficial to ensure a more effective and streamlined search process.

3. Search

3.1. Students should know the quality of their search terms determines the quality of their results.

3.2. simple search terms

3.3. use quotation marks for keywords in an exact order

3.4. use synonyms

4. Delve

4.1. Look beyond the first few search results

4.2. Look at the URL to determine if a site is reliable

4.3. Domains including .gov or .edu might be useful

4.4. Educational institutions or government institutions are usually most reliable.

5. Evaluate

5.1. Teach students to use search boxes on websites or 'Control F' to determine whether resources contain the specific information they require.

5.2. Ensure students know they cannot believe all information they read.

5.3. Cross check information

6. Cite

6.1. Students should reference all information they have accessed or used.

6.2. Dont copy and paste

6.3. Paraphrase information or put in into their own words

7. Useful search engines for kids

7.1. Kiddle - visual search engine for kids, powered by Google

7.2. Kids Search - Safe Search Engine

7.3. KidsClick! Web Search

7.4. KidRex - Kid Safe Search Engine


8.1. start NARROW

8.2. use EXACT phrases

8.3. TRIM the URL

8.4. seek SIMILAR pages

8.5. For more info click here:

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10. Staying safe online

10.1. SMART

10.1.1. keep SAFE keep personal information safe and secret Eg. Dont display your name, address or phone number

10.1.2. dont MEET up Dont talk to people you dont know online People may pretend to be someone else

10.1.3. ACCEPTING emails can be dangerous People can send 'junk mail' or spam Mail can be trying to sell stuff, or a scam Mail can be inappropriate or hurtful

10.1.4. RELIABLE? Some resources may be unreliable or based on opinion only use credible sources

10.1.5. TELL someone If anything online makes you uncomfortable, report it to an adult or someone you trust.