Learn to Search Effectively  

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#1 Explore - Search the Hidden Web with ISearch Explore - Search the Hidden Web with ISearch

Do your students find it difficult to navigate the vast world of library databases and links?  INFOhio's solution is ISearch. You and your students can use ISearch to search nearly all of INFOhio's digital resources and your school library with just one click!

Watch this brief tutorial on ISearch for teachers.



Introduce your students to ISearch with these resources:

#2 Read - ISearch Works like an Online Store Read - ISearch Works like an Online Store

Your students will quickly recognize the search environment in ISearch because it is just like an online information store.

Online stores provide a panel with links or checkboxes along the left or right side to help the customer narrow or broaden their results. These are called facets, limiters, or filters. Amazon uses these filters, for example. It is easy to limit to the kind of information you want or the subject you want by using filters.

Amazon Filters ISearch Filters
 

 

#3 Watch - Choose the Right Search Terms Watch - Choose the Right Search Terms

Whether your students are searching the open web or the hidden web, they need to choose search terms or keywords that will lead them to needed information.

Watch this video about using keywords with Internet search engines: https://youtu.be/PKPG_JpsTiE.

The narrator in the video says, "A few, precise keywords generally lead to much better results." This is also true for search engines and library resources.

#4 Read - Teaching Search Terms with ISearch Read - Teaching Search Terms with ISearch

Developing useful search terms is often hard for students, but ISearch (isearch.infohio.org) includes search term tools to help students learn how to expand and narrow a search using keywords. 

For example, ISearch includes subject filters that help students think of related search words. Students will become savvy searchers if they know these simple tricks:

  • Click a subject link to limit results to those with that specific subject.
  • Note the words and phrases that appear under the subject filter and try searching on them.

 

In this image, the search was for weather. Teach students to review the search filter and record the terms. In this example, the search filter suggests terms that focus the search to meteorology or climatology. 

A  new search for meteorology or another search for climatology will produce new results and provide additional search filters. 

 

 

Try a search using the terms "personalized learning" in ISearch.  Experiment with the subject filters to limit the results. Note the words and phrases under the subject filter and try searching using some of these terms.