Search Tools!

Mobile Reference - finding information

Students and staff have wonderful opportunities to use a variety of tools to find, evaluate, synthesize and use information. SMART phones offer new opportunities to gather inforamtion:
Buffy Hamilton's GALE App promotion:

A Gaggle of Google (and other search) Tools




Brainstorming, collaborative note-taking, organizing, and rating ideas


Pathfinder Swap

Publish student writing with Isuu
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Knowledge Building Centers (David)

Knowledge Building using Google spreadsheets
Pulse App for the iPad to link students to our own library/activities/assignments, etc.

Evaluating Information

Cooperative Library Instruction Project resources (video tutorials aimed at the university relating to topic development, searching, databases, evaluating, documentation, more!)

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Information Literature Resource Bank
Synthesizing/Analyzing Information

The strength of collaboration:

What are your favorite tools or lessons? Add them to the Information Fluency Wall (on the navigation bar left side)

Additional Resources for Searching, Evaluating and Synthesizing information!

Want to know more about Google's WONDERWHEEL?

Google Search Options

Get Going with Google Apps in Your School - from the The Innovative Educator

Embedding Information: Widgets

Joyce's Widget Page
Gale AccessMyLibrary App (joyce)

What is Information Fluency?

"Information fluency is the ability to apply the skills associated with information literacy, computer literacy and critical thinking to address and solve information problems across disciplines, across academic levels, and across information format structures (Callison).
According to The Associated Colleges of the South, "using critical thinking skills and appropriate technologies, information fluency integrates the abilities to:external image IFHomeLogo.jpg
  • collect the information necessary to consider a problem or issue
  • employ critical thinking skills in the evaluation and analysis of the information and its sources
  • formulate logical conclusions and present those conclusions in an appropriate and effective way" - Information Age Inquiry

21st Century Information Fluency- **Full Circle**:
This is an amazing, comprehensive site, covers every aspect of information fluency! Includes: Resource Kit contents (which include curriculum, links, workshops, interactives, and indices that categorize all site content by information fluency competency and ISTE-NETS). Teacher-Librarians MUST check this site out.

What is a Widget?

A widget is anything that can be embedded within a page of HTML, i.e. a web page. A widget adds some content to that page that is not static. Generally widgets are originated by third parties, though they can be home made. Embeddable chunks of code have existed since the early development of the World Wide Web. Web developers have long sought and used third party code chunks in their pages. Early web widgets provided functions such as link counters and advertising banners. Now you can make them work for you! - Wikipedia

Adding Widgets


Adding Video & Widgets to a Wikispaces page is really easy
Check out the Comic Life graphic & this wikipage for directions. -

How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website

Widgets are mini-applications that may be embedded in websites, blogs, wikis, Nings, etc. They are often dynamic and interactive. You may use widgets to subscribe to RSS feeds and other push content.
Note: Most of the Digital Storytelling Tools and online Video portals provide embed code.

Unquiet Library Pathfinder

Finding Widgets

* NetVibes Ecosystem

* Widgenie (create and embed charts and graphs)

Government Widgets


Database Widgets


Widget Potpourri

* PBS Teacher Activity Packs

* FlickrSlider (embed image sets, groups, etc.)

Book Widgets

News Widgets

Information Portals


Feed Aggregators

Social Bookmarking


Citation 2.0

original information from this wiki was created in whole or in part by:
Buffy J. Hamilton
Joyce Valenza
Gwyneth Jones