Overview: Using the Web as a Research Tool
Diving In: Setting Goals and Objectives
Finding Resources for Web Research
Setting a Focus for Exploring
Off and Running: Applying Strategies
Finding Resources for Web Research

When utilizing the Internet for research purposes, the teacher must make a choice of how he or she wants the students to access information in order to meet the objectives.
One option is for the teacher to utilize search engines to find appropriate sites which the students will then use to complete their task(s). (If you haven't done so already, or want a refresher course, you can learn more about searching by exploring Searching Smart.) If you choose this option, it might be wise to bookmark the sites students will explore. If you are using a version of Netscape, simply click and hold Bookmarks at the top of the screen, then select Add Bookmark. (In AOL, it's Favorite Places. In Internet Explorer, it's Favorites.) The next time you click on Bookmarks (or Favorite Places or Favorites), you will notice that the title of the page you wanted to keep is listed. If you select that title, your browser -- Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, or AOL -- will automatically take you to that page. Practice bookmarking now by adding this page to your bookmarks.

By using descriptors (i.e., specific search terms), and applying the strategies we learned in the Grading the Web tutorial, we can find and bookmark an exceptionally fine site titled Volcano World ( In the Why Are Volcanoes Dangerous lesson, students will utilize Volcano World to identify patterns between the location of currently or recently erupting volcanoes and current or recent earthquakes. Open the Volcano World site in a separate window. You may again have to re-adjust the size of your windows, so both will fit.

The second option is for students to actually conduct the search using search engines. If you choose this option, it might be beneficial for you and the students to generate a list of descriptors that they will utilize when searching. Additionally, it might be useful for the students to take the Searching Smart tutorial. This option is more appropriate for older students.

Whatever option you choose, it will be necessary to provide students with a focus, so they don't lose their way.
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