Vaughn Memorial Library at Acadia University hosts four free animated tutorials designed to teach lessons on web research strategies. The four tutorials are Credible Sources Count, Research It Right, Searching With Success, and You Quote It, You Note It.
In Credible Sources Count students learn how to recognize the validity of information on the Internet. It’s a good tutorial except for a strong emphasis on using domain names for determining validity.
Research It Right walks students through the process of forming a research question through the actual research steps.
Searching With Success shows students how search engines function. The tutorial gives clear examples and directions for altering search terms.
You Quote It, You Note It shows students what plagiarism is and how to avoid accidentally plagiarizing someone’s work.
Applications for Education
These animated tutorials are probably best suited to older elementary school students and middle school students. The tutorials provide a good base to build further lessons upon.