The Unicorn Library Weekly News

February 8, 2016

Don't Just Google It!

If you follow Ed Tech Bloggers, you should recognize the name Richard Byrne. He is a former Social Studies teacher from Maine and he maintains the blog Free Tech 4 Teachers. I had the opportunity to attend one of his sessions at TCEA, and he made an awesome statement: "Putting words in Google is not research."

Google has become such a part of our lives that we use it for finding information on everything, even when it isn't the best choice. For finding restaurant reviews, Google is great. For answering academic questions, Google is not your best option. We, as educated information consumers, know how to evaluate quality results much better than our students. Many students think if it is on the internet, it has to be truth. They disregard advertising, bias, and propaganda because they have not been taught to recognize it.

Students should be using databases for academic research. These sources have been vetted for quality and accuracy. Students should be using searching strategies, like Boolean, to narrow search results. Just typing a question into a search bar doesn't work. Students should be researching questions that cannot be answered in a simple Google search. Research needs to address bigger issues and deeper problems.

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New Nonfiction in The Unicorn Library

App of the Week - Access My Library

Need an easy way to access TexQuest databases from your iPad? Use the Access My Library app. Once you launch the app you will need to select your school. When it asks for a password, use our mascot (hint: it's white and has a single horn on its forehead). The interface looks much like the database search on a desktop or laptop. Find information, save that information, and create citations all from this app. Academic information for your class research!
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