Internet Research Tools

When implementing or conducting research, a key starting place is to embrace a vetted research model. This will provide the theoretical framework for students to be successful researchers. There are many models out there including The NYC Information Fluency Continuum, Big6, Kulthau, and more. See your librarian for a complete breakdown and for help to structure your research projects.

  1. Why Research Great sheet

Evaluating Sources and Understanding Types of Sources

Evaluating web resources:
many sites available

  1. Evaluating Sources with ABCD Krueger, 2011
  2. WebCheck Wonderful evaluation tool!
  3. Classzone
  4. Berkeley
  5. Internet Detective: Neat Tutorial

In a nutshell, the 10 Questions: 1. How reliable is the source of the claim? 2.Does the source make similar claims? 3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else? 4. Does this fit with the way the world works? 5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim? 6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point? 7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science? 8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence? 9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory? 10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?


An effective search begins with good keywords. These are tools to help students generate additional keywords.
  1. Effective Searching Starts with good KEYWORDS


  1. Fact Fragments: Great Tool for writing from sources
  2. Read WriteThink Organizing and Summarizing

Domain Lookup

  2. Allwhois>
  3. Internic
  4. DomainTools

Evaluating Print

  1. ReadWriteThink Interactive

Fake/Biased Websites

  1. Anti-Alien Agency
  2. Mrs. Haley's Comets
  3. TreeOctopus
  4. Martin Luther KingJr. org
  5. All About Explorers >
  6. Digital Literacies Lesson Plan (Eliminate pairs 6 and 7 as links don't work)

Reading Challenging Texts

(See Also "Reading Texts" Page)

Multiple Sources/Diverse Locations Print vs. Digital

Complex Searches

Invisible Web

Specialized Search Engines

Subject Guides

A search tool that hierarchically arranges links to Web pages. the links are evaluated and annotated by people, usually subject specialists or librarians, rather than spiders.

Vertical Searching:

To find video, audio, images, and news by focusing on specific media.



  1. NoodleTools Tutorials on different sources GREAT resource.
  2. General Research and Information Literacy Tutorial: Helios

Parenthetical Citation

Plagiarism Tutorials/Tools

  1. You Quote it, You Note it!
  2. PleaseDon'tCheat
  3. Goblin Threat
  4. Dr. Cite Right
  5. CommonCraft Video
  6. Stop Plagiarism Wiki
  7. The Cite is Rite! Video Game Show
  8. Anti-Plagiarism Strategies

Empower Students! Don't threaten!

Plagiarism Detection

Not a Fan! Article Forthcoming explaining why. Not grounded in research.**

Essay Sellers

  1. Coastal Carolina University

Copyright/Creative Commons/Fair Use

  1. Copyright Website

Curation Tools

  1. Joyce Valenza explains clearly

Research Rubrics

These are companion sites to the BSHS Science Research Program: Internet Research Tools
Students learn research and writing skills in context of actual assignments. These links are best navigated with a librarian.

Other Guides

  1. Joyce Valenza Extensive Lib Guides
  2. Helios Research Guide Tutorials
  3. Locust Valley Research Guide for Papers
  1. InfoStudies PowerPoint Tips!

The "Do My Slides Suck" Test
1) Do your slides contain mostly bullet points?
2) Do you have more than 12-15 words on a slide?
3) Do your slides add little or no new info beyond what you can say in words?
4) Are your slides, in fact, not memorable?
5) Are your slides emotionally empty?
6) Do your slides fail to encourage a deeper connection to or understanding of the topic?
7) Do your slides distort the data? (That's a whooooole different thing I'm not addressing now)
8) Do your slides encourage cognitive weakness? (refer to Tufte)
A "Yes" to any of those could be a huge red flag that something's wrong.
If you're still committed to slides, or if you're certain you need them, here's my favorite overall recommendation:
Put each slide on trial for its life. Ask it to defend itself. Show no mercy. Make it beg, make it plead, make it sell itself.
If it doesn't convince you, kill it. And if there aren't enough left to justify using slides, just say no.

Database Vendor Sites

  1. Proquest Common Core