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Savvy Searching: Savvy Searching 1

Developing info-savvy students - with a senior focus.

Developing Info-Savvy Students

Developing Info-Savvy Students

with a Senior Focus: Part 1



Critical Literacy in the Online World


The problem with Google is that it does some things so well it is easy to see it as the primary tool of research.

The point of senior research is not in getting an's in getting the right answer!!


Students need to learn how to learn - how to access, analyse, and interpret the information they find - and how to distinguish authoritative from non-authoritative sources.


Digital Literacy

             Digital Literacy

  • Understanding how Internet search tools work
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate digital information

​Where do students get their information from?


  • Google or other online search engine (94%)
  • Wikipedia or other online encyclopedia (75%)
  • YouTube or other social media sites (52%)
  • Their peers (42%)
  • Spark Notes, Cliff notes or other study guides (41%)
  • News sites of major news organisations (25%)
  • print or electronic textbooks (18%)
  • Online databases such as EBSCO, JSTOR or Grolier (17%)
  • A research librarian at their school or public library (16%)
  • Printed books other than textbooks (12%)
  • Student oriented search engines such as Sweet Search (12%)

Students research from all these sources


Twitter: Who is the real Julia?

Date: When was the content created?



Find the mistake (using TinEye)

Hoax Websites

Assessing 'Breaking news' sites: Hoax or not?

All About Explorers

University of Michigan website: Jacobo di Poggibonsi


Fake or Spoof examples - Phil Bradley


Self Publishing sites: Amazon Ebola books.

"In the past 90 days, some 84 people have
self-published Ebola e-books on Amazon,
almost half of them in the past month alone.
Many of them are popular, crawling their way
up the bestsellers’ list to sit atop categories... 
And many of the books — almost all of them,
in fact — contain information that’s either
wildly misleading or flat-out wrong."

Has the Internet been a good thing/

The Internet turns 25 

The overall verdict: The internet has been a plus for society and an especially good thing for individual users.

Curriculum Imperatives

Australian Curriculum? History Curriculum?


Where does this fit into your History curriculum? In History, the information focus is about finding and using primary and secondary sources well to construct a historical narrative.


Inquiry in History         Questions to ask


Mandy Luptons Access article

Testing websites for authenticity

1. C.R.A.P. test




2.  R.E.A.L. test

Read the URL
Examine the sites content and history
Ask about the author or publisher 
Look at the links in detail



Are you on a personal page? Look for a personal name, a tilde, %.


EXAMINE: the site's content or history


Wayback Machine will show the history of a website. Useful to check how up to date the information really is.

OR: try the BOM site. Check the frequency of the updates


ASK: about the author/publisher

Martin Luther King website ( use Easy Who-Is to find publisher of site.


LOOK: at the links












Searching in a browser. Pages are arranged by PageRank, not by popularity or quality of information.

The search looks at the search terms and tries to compare with other content. When lots of pages have similar titles or content, it is the links that make a difference. Wikipedia almost always comes up at the top of a search not just because it is well known and popular, but also because there are so many sites that link to each Wikipedia page.

Test the links to a page by searching with link:(URL) in Google search bar.



LOOK: at the images


Hoax images from 2014

Find the original source of an image: Tin Eye