Your Library Vs. Open Web

This tutorial highlights the benefits of using library resources like Kids InfoBits for learning and research.


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Here's a simple question.

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Why use Gale resources, available from your library,

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instead of the open web?

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The best way to answer this question

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is to think about what kind of results you get

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using library resources,

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versus what you get on the open web.

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We all know that when you do a web search,

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what you get back are links to websites.

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For example, let's Google octopus.

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Here's a typical search result.

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Now, let's take a closer look at one of the results.

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This website discusses the physical characteristics

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of the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.

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And what can be done to remove it

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from the Endangered Species list.

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However, there's no such thing as a tree octopus.

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A fact that might not be widely known to younger students.

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This reminds us that,

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while there's a lot of good information on the open web,

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it's still true that anything goes.

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Now, let's take a look at a search on octopus

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in a Gale resource.

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Which may be available from your library.

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We will use PowerSearch, a cross search

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of multiple Gale resources.

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You can see that the results here are coming

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from reputable print sources.

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Every document is cited, so you know who wrote it,

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when it was written, and where it's coming from.

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Let's check out this entry, from the book results.

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This article contains all we need to know about the octopus

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including detailed descriptions, and behavior patterns.

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We even have the citation already prepared

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to include in the bibliography.

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Now let's do a search on octopuses in Kids InfoBits.

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a resource for kindergarteners through fifth graders.

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This article contains all we need to know

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about the octopus as well,

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but it's written for a much younger user.

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While most open web resources only offer one reading level,

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Gale resources are built

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to suit a particular user's age range.

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We can even have the article read to us

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by using the listen tool.

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Octopus.

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An Octopus is a sea animal with eight arms.

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Visit your library or library's website

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to research topics you're interested in,

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complete homework assignments, and much more.