Wading Through the Web: Teaching Effective Internet Search Strategies

Because the Internet contains a vast amount of information from reliable and unreliable sources, wading through all the material could prove to be overwhelming for students. Learning to view internet sites with a critical eye will help students become more efficient and effective researchers. On this page there are resources and strategies to help students find needed information more efficiently, how to evaluate sites, and how to create custom searches using Google. In addition to efficient searching and critical reflection of the sites found, it is important to save, organize and share resources effectively. To that end, there are links related to the use the social bookmarking site Diigo, to gather, discuss, highlight, annotate and group resources. Check out the links below to learn how to wade through the web!

Google Searches

Live Binder - Click to Open!

Website Evaluation Resources

Website Evaluation Activity Websites


What is Diigo?
At its most simple, Diigo is a social bookmarking site to which you can save your bookmarks and favorite websites to access from any location. But, that's just the start. Diigo does so much more! On their About page, Diigo states...

"If you browse or read a lot on the web, we believe you will find Diigo indispensable. Diigo is two services in one -- it is a research and collaborative research tool on the one hand, and a knowledge-sharing community and social content site on the other."

Not only can you bookmark sites, but you can share them to specific people, groups, lists, and everyone in the world. You can highlight the pages and add sticky notes for yourself, your group or the public. You can easily capture and annotate images on the web to save to your virtual library. And that's not all... check out the about page and the video below to learn more about Diigo:

Diigo V5: Collect and Highlight, Then Remember! from diigobuzz on Vimeo.

Diigo Resources

WSD eToolBox Group

For more information and resources for Diigo, check out the eToolBox page for Diigo.

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