Recently, Scott Kodai, CSU, Chico Distributed Learning Technologies Manager, gave us in TLP a heads up about Internet Detective, a new web research tutorial. I found Internet Detective [ http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/brief.html ] to provide basic, clearly-worded advice to entering university students. The information about how to most effectively use online resources is broken down into the following categories:
* What’s the Story? – understand the advanced Internet skills required for university and college work.
* The Good the Bad and the Ugly – see why information quality is an issue on the web, especially for academic research. Learn how to avoid time wasting on Internet searching, scams and hoaxes.
* Detective Work – get hints and tips that help to critically evaluate the information you find on the Internet.
* Get On the Case – try out your Internet Detective skills with these practical exercises.
* Keep the Right Side of the Law – be warned about plagiarism, copyright and citation.
The site originates in the United Kingdom university system, but the basic information and advice regarding online research is applicable to any student research projects. I would suggest using it as a web link in any entry-level class that requires research and proper citation of sources.