Finding useful information on the Internet requires a combination of familiarity with the search tools and resources available, an understanding of search strategies and language, and persistence. This ItrainOnline section aims to provide tools and resources to help guide you find the information you need, and to evaluate the quality of that information.
A Guide to Google
Developed by: Nancy Blachman Type of resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free access
An online tutorial, helping google users to know more about how Google works, its features and capabilities, the better it can serve users' needs.
This Google tutorial contains many examples and exercises designed to give users practice with the material presented and to inspire users to find amusing or useful information.
ICT for Library and Information Professionals: A Training Package for Developing Countries - Module 5
Developed by: Lourdes T. David Type of resource: Website with downloadable resources Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access
The package available on this website is intended to provide the knowledge and skills required to deal with the application of ICT to library and information services. It is meant for library and information personnel who may become trainers in the area. By the end of Module 5, learners should Module 5 is designed to enable participants to acquire knowledge and skills that will help them train other information professionals to use the Internet.
By the end of the course, students should be able to: 1. Identify Internet tools and resources 2. Utilize Internet search tools and services 3. Evaluate Internet tools and resources 4. Cite properly the information found on the Internet 5. Address the trends and issues concerning the Internet 6. Use the Internet as an information resource
Searching the Internet
Developed by: MMTK Type of resource: MS Word files Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access
This workshop kit for trainers covers the basic processes of finding information on the internet. Part of the Multimedia Training Kit.
Searching Online Databases
Developed by: Information Literacy @ Wesleyan University Type of resource: website Target audience: General Cost: Free access
As your searching needs become more complex, simple search techniques will not suffice. Information Literacy @ Wesleyan University developed this online module to help improve search precision, understand the difference between "keyword" vs. "subject" searching, and use common searching methods such as Boolean searching, phrase searching or related terms identification more efficiently.
If you are looking for information in a specific area, a subject-specific information gateway may be a good place to start. Information gateways are compiled by people with expertise in the specific topic, and use some form of quality assessment criteria to decide which sites to include. A selection of development-related information gateways and directories is listed below.
Choike: A Portal on Southern Civil Societies
Developed by: Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM) Type of resource: Portal Target audience: General Cost: Free access
A directory and search engine of Southern Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), grouped in five major thematic fields: the people, society, the environment, globalization and communication. Includes both our own and outside reports on these issues, as well as links to other international agencies and organizations.
Finding News Articles on a Particular Subject
Developed by: UNITeS Type of resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free access
Gives a good overview of how you can use the Internet to find articles etc. on specific subjects. Additionally it also provides several links to several portals and newswires
Developed by: HURIDOCS Type of resource: Search engine Target audience: General Cost: Free access
"HuriSearch is a HURIDOCS project. Its general objective is to facilitate access to human rights information on the web. Its specific objectives are as follows:
* To provide human rights professionals with a powerful web research tool. * To increase the visibility of information published by human rights organisations, in particular small local organisations with first-hand information. * To encourage webmasters to use metadata systematically, thus making human rights information searching much more reliable and efficient."
Your Guide to Better Searching on the Net
Developed by: BBC Training Type of resource: PDF file Target audience: General Cost: Free access
PDF guide with exercises - useful resources from the BBC with the quality one would expect from that organisation.
Introduction to Using the Internet for Librarians
Developed by: INASP Type of resource: Handouts, exercises and presentations Target audience: Trainers Cost: Free access
Course materials (presentations, handouts and exercises) are available to download as zip or stuffed archives containing Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files. Areas covered are (day 1) introducing the Internet, browsing and searching; (day 2) searching (continued), information gateways and the importance of quality; (day 3) quality issues and web page design; (day 4) web page evaluation, software, copyright, e-mail, costing; (day 5) developing an Internet-related training programme. Registration is required.
Finding Internet Resources on Preventing Violence Against Women
Developed by: APC WNSP Type of resource: Zipped MS Word files Target audience: General, Trainers, Women Cost: Free access
This workshop kit for trainers forms the basis of a training sessions on navigating online and offline information sources of resources on VAW. Part of the Multimedia Training Kit.
Thirteen Tips for Effective Tagging: How to mark sites so you and others can find them
Developed by: TechSoup Type of resource: Web article Target audience: General Cost: Free access
"How many times have you dug fruitlessly through the links you've saved in your browser's Favorites folder, struggling to remember how you categorized that site you wanted to remember? Or how often have you been unable to locate information you needed - simply because you didn't know what search word to use?" This TechSoup article offers tips for effective "tagging".
Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication through Shared Meta Data
Developed by: Adam Mathes Type of resource: web article Target audience: General Cost: Free access
This paper by Adam Mathes examines grassroots metadata classification as applied in two web services, Del.icio.us, a tool for organising web pages; and Flikr, a service for organising and sharing photos. Metadata - data about data - facilitates grouping and finding of information. It examines the individual and community aspects of tagging, and focuses on the role of immediate feedback and bridging the gap from the personal to communicative. The article uses illustrative examples from the two web services to help the reader better understand folksonomy and tagging, and offers suggestions for future research.
The Hive Mind: Folksonomies and User-Based Tagging
Developed by: Ellyssa Kroski Type of resource: web article Target audience: General Cost: Free access
This overview article by Ellyssa Kroski examines characteristics of folksonomies, describes tools for data organisation, and tag clouds. Folksonomies are inclusive, current, democratic and self-moderating, according to Kroski, but also have plenty of "hitches", which she also details.
Social Bookmarking Tools (I)
Developed by: Tony Hammond, Timo Hannay, Ben Lund, and Joanna Scott Type of resource: web article Target audience: General Cost: Free access
This article from D-Lib Magazine provides an overview of social bookmarking. It first examines link and bookmark history, tagging, and social issues relevant to social bookmarking. It´s annex offers a review of common social bookmarking tools as of April 2005.
Folksonomies: Power to the People
Developed by: Emanuele Quintarelli Type of resource: web site Target audience: General Cost: Free access
This article helps readers understand different classification processes for web content, when each one is more suitable, and why and how the distributed classification folksonomy model has emerged. With folksonomies, people associate keywords to content (tagging). But tagging alone is not enough, states author Emanuele Quintarelli, it is the possibility of aggregation of that information - "the power is the people".
7 Things You Should Know about Social Bookmarking
Developed by: Educause Learning Initiative Type of resource: PDF Target audience: General Cost: Free access
This brief article presents two scenarios of bookmarking use to exemplify the benefits of "social bookmarking", especially in a teaching setting. The concept of social bookmarking is explained, who is doing it, why and how, as well as what the future holds as social bookmarking grows and some of its pros and cons.