Delivering Web Reference Services to Young People (ALA by Walter Minkel

By Walter Minkel

Providing net Reference prone to adolescents is helping with recommendation on what the net does good for teenagers and what it does poorly; which internet abilities are developmentally applicable by way of age crew; whilst to take advantage of se's and whilst to take advantage of topic directories; how utilizing your reliable outdated library catalog abilities can, with a bit bending, make you a whizzy searcher; why so much kids, even the internet heads, are terrible searchers; the best way to overview the websites you discover on the internet; and the way to collect the nice websites right into a topic listing or "webliography" for pupil, instructor, or library use.

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For example, we were helping a bright middle school student who wanted to find sites about the C programming language. " Infoseek's Ultraseek engine, however, will let you search for single letters, punctuation marks, or common words like "and," "to," and "new" in phrases that are necessary for particular searches. Check your spelling and phrasing. Most young people in our experience are not very good typists, so remind them to check carefully what they type into the search box, just as they need to check carefully what they type into the library catalog.

You cannot take these help fileswhich we know many people ignorelightly. If you cannot memorize all the tips, print them out and keep them close by for when you need to do a tightly focused search. HotBot and MetaCrawler offer more-helpful features, as search engines go. Yahoo and Yahooligans can be very useful when you have a clear idea of the path to your topic, but you may find another search tool better matches your personal style. Learn the methods of boolean searching. Boolean searching is a logical way to fine-tune your searches.

A search of the shelves revealed one circulating book with a few paragraphs on the red fox and a page the student can photocopy from an animal reference book. For the third source, we tried the Web. Page 19 Searches for material for animal reports seem to be easy and straightforward. However, they often prove to be problematic, as you will see in the following example. Let's start, once again, in a subject directory, with Yahooligans. (Warning: this is, again, the wrong place to start. We really don't have a grudge against Yahoo and Yahooligans-we use them for some very general searches ourselves sometimes.

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