online tips- Finding answers from reliable online sources
Do you need to know when Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi was born? Or how far away the moon is from Earth?
Searching for answers by simply typing keywords into search engines like Google and Yahoo! will probably find you answers to these question
. The problem is, will they be the correct answers?
There is an awful lot of nonsense posted online, and if you are unsure of your subject, picking correct answers out from often repeated but incorrect statements can be very difficult.
So, how can you tell whether you are looking at a well-researched piece of information of simply a popular misconception? The long answer is that it takes research.Critical evaluation means asking
: Are the facts correct? Are they complete? Are they current? Who collected them? What purpose were they collected for? Do the conclusions fir the facts? Are there other conclusions that fit the same set of facts? What are all the different viewpoints of this issue?
In the short term, it helps to develop a list of trusted bookmarks. If you are new to browsing or are setting up a list of resources for a younger student, these six respected resources are worth consulting – and they are FREE!
1. Enchanted Learning
Colorful, written in very simple English and full of easily absorbed facts, games
and activity suggestions, this is a great resource for younger kids
2. BBC – Schools Homepage
Well presented, extensive and with lots of interactive elements, this resource covers basic arts and science topics taught in schools around the world.
Education encyclopedia for younger kids is easy to use and will provide reliable answers for most homework questions.
This is a reference bookshelf Web site that includes dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias and quotation references as well as classic literature and non-fiction works
. Very informative and useful for secondary school students.
5. How Stuff Works
If you w
ant to know how phones, lasers, rockets, kidneys, photosynthesis or hundreds of other things work
, this resource will lay them out for you. Perhaps, a bit in-depth for younger students, but excellent for secondary school students.
ecause this is encyclopedia is a collective effort by the online community, some of the information presented here is not complete
. However, older kids will find this a very useful resource, especially for art, technology and history projects.
-the truth is out there