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Research on the Internet

Search engines have become a major tool for anyone seeking information of just about any type on the internet. In particular, students rely heavily on Internet-based information for their research – although, as this programme makes clear, in many cases it should never be used as the only source of information. Understanding how search engines work and how best to use them as powerful research tools is essential in order to maximise the benefits of internet research. With expert comments from Web Wombat co-founder, Michael Tancredi and Peter Benda and Justin Zobel from Melbourne University, this programme delves into internet research, and in particular, the functioning of search engines – with a specific focus on the world’s most commonly used search engine, Google. The programme looks at how search engines work, the risks and potential problems in the use of search engines, verifying information and the type of technology that will impact heavily on our internet use in years to come. Teachers of all subjects at school will find this programme invaluable for presenting factual information and generating discussion about internet research and search engines... there is more to them than meets the eye, and students need to understand how search engines work and how to best use their capabilities to achieve the best possible results.

Rating: E
Production Year: 2009
Duration: 26 min
Printable Resources: Yes

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