Congratulations Everyone! You’ve made it to Week 2. This week we will be focusing on Basic Internet Skills. For some of you, this will be old hat. For others, prepare to learn something new! To keep things manageable (and frustration levels as limited as possible), we’ve broken up this week’s training into 4 TASKS focusing on the following topics: Web Browsers, Search Engines, Evaluating Websites, and Printing. Your tasks are posted below and under the Weekly Assignments page: Week 2.
Each task will take between 5 and 15 minutes to complete for up to 1 hour of professional development per week.
- You may decide to do one task per day for 5 to 15 minutes of professional development for 4 days
- You may complete all the tasks in one day for up to 1 hour of professional development per week.
Feel free to visit the Internet Resources page for links to download different browsers, links to various search engines, and a Quick Reference Guide to Internet Explorer.
Introduction to Browsers
Web browsers are programs used to view and access websites and information on the World Wide Web. Popular web browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. Safari is common for Apple users. Each browser has many of the same parts, even though they may be set up slightly differently.
Look over the labeled parts of this window in Internet Explorer. Click on the image to see a larger version.
- If you are already familiar with web browsers, skip to the assignment.
- If you would like more information, view this VIDEO on web browsers. Be sure to use headphones or speakers.
ASSIGNMENT: Identify the parts of a web browser
Take this brief QUIZ on the different parts of web browsers.
Introduction to Search Engines and Keywords
Search Engines are websites that are used to find information and specific sites online. Some of the most popular browsers are Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask. Keywords can be used for specific topics and phrases.
- If you are comfortable using Search Engines, skip to the assignment.
- If you are not comfortable using Search Engines, watch this VIDEO on Search Engines. Be sure to use headphones or speakers. (Apology–when I mention parentheses in the video, I am actually using quotation marks.)
- Practice by following these steps:
- Click on your choice of search engine here: Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask
- In the search bar, type in the following keyword: library
- Now type the full name of YOUR library in the search bar. Example: Citizens Library
- Try typing the full name of your library and the city. Example: Citizens Library, Washington
- Finally, type the name of your library in quotation marks. Example: “Citizens Library”
- Something to think about: How did your results change?
ASSIGNMENT: How to improve search results
- Compose a new email message to TechWAGGIN@gmail.com with the subject heading: “Search Engines.”
- Answer the questions below:
- If you were searching for information on technology in libraries, what keyword(s) would you use?
- What three things can you do to receive more accurate search results?
These are subjective questions, so there are multiple correct answers!
For more Advanced Searching tips, view this webpage.
Introduction to Websites
Websites can hold a lot of information, but not all websites are reliable sources of information. One of our roles as librarians is to help patrons evaluate where the information is coming from.
One way to do this is to analyze the URL. Visit this PAGE from Think Quest. Be sure to read about commonly used URL endings, as these can be a great hint in evaluating the authority of a site.
For more in-depth research, make sure websites pass the C.R.A.P. Test commonly used to evaluate research sources. To view a larger version of the image below, click on it.
Image used with permission from the Mercer University Library.
ASSIGNMENT: Evaluate a website using the CRAP Test
- Using your keywords from Task 2, search for information on technology in libraries.
- Select one website from your search results.
- Evaluate the website using the CRAP Test. You may have to click on different links to find enough information to make your decision. Explore!
- Go to this week’s post on the home page. At the bottom of the Week 2 post, click “leave a reply.” Click here for more information on how to leave a reply.
- In the comment box, type a one-sentence description of the site you chose.
- Include a link to the website by copying and pasting the URL.
- Answer the following in your reply: Did the site pass the CRAP Test? How did it succeed/fail?
***Additional Materials: How to Evaluate Websites***
Introduction to Printing
Printing from Web Browsers can be tricky. Each browser has its own steps to print and variations on “Print Preview” screens. Especially in libraries, where patrons are usually charged for printouts, we highly recommend using your browser’s “Print Preview” option.
Beware the “Print” Icon at the top of your browser window! If you see this icon, it may send your pages directly to the printer without allowing you to review them. This is especially common in Internet Explorer. When in doubt, click on the arrow next to it in order to select “Print Preview.”
Find out how to preview and print from your web browsers. Click on the images to view.
For information on how to print from an e-mail, visit our Email Resources page. For more tips, read “Everything You Need to Know About Printing E-mails.”
ASSIGNMENT: Practice the steps to Print a Webpage and Printing from an E-mail
If you already know how to Print a Webpage and E-mails—you may skip this Assignment.
- Open your preferred browser.
- Visit a webpage of your choice. If you are indecisive (like Katy), feel free to use your library’s website or www.TechWAGGIN.wordpress.com.
- Use the instructions provided in the images. DO NOT COMPLETE THE LAST STEP (Clicking “Print” or “OK” in the Print Box) unless you would like to actually print out the pages you have selected.
Step 4 of this Assignment is OPTIONAL
4. Instead of completing the printing process, take a screenshot when you arrive at the last step. E-mail it to TechWAGGIN@gmail.com. Want a reminder on how to take a screenshot? Watch last week’s VIDEO. Password: “Library.”