Learn to Search & Research Effectively  
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#1 Read - Inquiry, Search, and Research Read - Inquiry, Search, and Research

INFOhio provides tools and resources to assist teachers and students develop skills to support inquiry, project-based learning, and problem-based learning.

  1. Read the blog post "Inquiry and INFOhio" for information about INFOhio's approach to inquiry.
  2. Good preparation before beginning the inquiry process establishes a successful learning experience for students. Read the blog post "Inquiry and INFOhio: Questioning" to learn how to develop good questioning skills in your students.
  3. "Don't believe everything you read in the newspaper," takes on new meaning with the internet. Read the blog post "Inquiry and INFOhio: Locating Information" to learn how to help students locate the best information from search engines and databases. 

Using the INFOhio tools and resources included in this section, Achieve Success, select two that best support the students you teach. 

  • Explore each tool or resource further. Follow the links to the tool or resource and examine the Training and Support materials for each source.
  • Examine the content available for students and teachers. 

 

#2 Explore - Gale in Context: Elementary (Grades K-5) Explore - Gale in Context: Elementary (Grades K-5)



Gale in Context: Elementary includes text, images, charts and graphs, and educational videos from books, magazines, and news periodicals on interesting and important facts with connections to current and past events.

Watch this introduction to Gale in Context: Elementary.

Explore Gale in Context: Elementary:

  1. Go to https://www.infohio.org/document-library/item/kids-infobits
  2. Explore the resource.
  3. Review the training and support materials which include Scavenger Hunts and video tutorials.

Use Gale in Context: Elementary to introduce students to factual content at just the right reading level. Help them to develop searching and using factual information, a critical step in the research process.

Add Gale in Context: Elementary to your class or library web page with this URL https://www.infohio.org/resources/item/kids-infobits.

To find Gale in Context: Elementary, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Go to www.infohio.org.
  2. Select the K-5 grade band.
  3. Select Gale in Context: Elementary.
#3 Explore - IWonder and Genius Hour (Grades 4-9) Explore - IWonder and Genius Hour (Grades 4-9)



IWonder is INFOhio’s home for educational and engaging websites for students to explore!

Watch this introduction to IWonder.

Explore IWonder:

  1. Go to https://iwonder.infohio.org/
  2. Explore the questions.
  3. Select Teacher Resources
  4. Review the IWonder Genius Hour materials located Training & Support (Note: The IWonder Genius Hour activity leads students through the inquiry process.)

Use the IWonder Genius Hour to engage curiosity and support students as they learn the inquiry process.

Add IWonder to your class or library web page with this URL http://iwonder.infohio.org.

To locate IWonder, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Go to: www.infohio.org
  2. Select Grades 6–8
  3. Select IWonder
#4 Explore - GO! Ask, Act, Achieve - Research Tool (Grades 4-10) Explore - GO! Ask, Act, Achieve - Research Tool (Grades 4-10)

 GO! Ask, Act, Achieve provides research tools for students in grades 4-10.


Explore GO! Ask, Act, Achieve

  1. Go to https://go.infohio.org/
  2. Explore the questions. Click on the questions and examine the student resources.
  3. Select the Teacher Guide from the hamburger menu. Review the additional resources within the Teacher Guide.
  4. Review the GO! Ask, Act, Achieve Training & Support resources located on this page.

Add GO! Ask, Act, Achieve to your class or library web page with this URL https://go.infohio.org/

To locate GO! Ask, Act, Achieve, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Go to www.infohio.org
  2. Select Grades 6–8 or Grades 9–12
  3. Select GO! Ask, Act, Achieve
#5 Explore - Points of View & Battle Fake News (Grades 6-12) Explore - Points of View & Battle Fake News (Grades 6-12)

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center provides multiple perspectives on current issues presented in overview essays and journal articles.

Watch this introduction to using Points of View Reference Center.

 

 

Explore Points of View Reference Center

  1. Go to https://www.infohio.org/resources/item/points-of-view.
  2. Explore Points of View Reference Center Be sure to review the news features and the research guides.
  3. Review these training and support materials which include a scavenger hunt and a video tutorial.

Use Points of View to introduce students to factual information on multiple sides of an issue. Help them to develop the skills needed to identify real facts from fake facts.

Add Points of View Reference Center to your class or library web page with this URL https://www.infohio.org/resources/item/points-of-view.

To locate Points of View Reference Center, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Go to: www.infohio.org
  2. Select Grades 6-8 or Grades 9-1.
  3. Select Points of View Reference Center
#6 Explore - Research 4 Success (Grades 9-12 & College Credit Plus) Explore - Research 4 Success (Grades 9-12 & College Credit Plus)

INFOhio's R4S: Research4 Success is an online class for the high school and College Credit Plus student designed to be used in conjunction with a class assigned research project. R4S guides students through a research project step-by-step as they build skills necessary for college-level research.

Read the Getting Started Teachers section of R4S.

Explore Research 4 Success

  1. Go to https://r4s.infohio.org/
  2. Explore the six modules in R4S and consider ways you can use R4S to build your students' research toolkit.
  3. Download the teacher guide
  4. Review the Research 4 Success Training & Support resources located on this page. 

Add Research 4 Success to your class or library web page with this URL https://r4s.infohio.org/

To locate Research 4 Success, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Go to www.infohio.org
  2. Select Grades 9–12
  3. Select Research 4 Success 
#7 Extend the Learning Extend the Learning



Think about how you will teach searching and researching to your students. Evaluate the ways you are helping students to think critically about where they are searching, what they are finding, and what they are concluding and creating. How will using ISearch and the INFOhio resources help your students become critical thinkers and problem solvers?

Extend the learning with these tools:

For Grades K–5

For Grades 6–8

For Grades 9–12

Need ideas on implementing ISearch?

Do your students need help with writing a research paper and citing sources? Check out EBSCO’s Points of View Reference Shelf research guides which include research assignments, debate ideas, understanding the bias in a publication as well as Writing a Research Paper and Citing Sources.

Want to link to INFOhio? Use https://www.infohio.org/.

Want to link to ISearch? You can include an ISearch button or an ISearch widget (search box) on your webpage. Follow the directions in this document. Note: The ISearch widget is the recommended option for embedding a search box on a library or school webpage. The ISearch widget may not function properly when embedded in some LMSs. If you experience a problem when using the ISearch widget embed code, try obtaining a new widget code from the ISearch widget generator. As an alternative, if your school library uses INFOhio automation, you can find your library landing page at https://www.infohio.org/opac, copy the URL associated with your school library, and link to that URL within your LMS or on your website.