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This is a slightly modified version of Think Like a Librarian for a different school district I'm working with.


  • 1.Think like a librarian
    Database tips & tricks
    MILI 2009
    LeAnn Suchy, Metronet

2. Visible versus Invisible Web
Visible Web(often called Surface Web)
Stuff you find via search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.
Invisible Web (often called Hidden Web or Deep Web)
Things not searchable by regular search engines
Subscription databases
3. Visible Web
Last year Google indexed its trillionth webpage (1 trillion unique URLs)
Google has indexed about half of the Visible Web
Results are relevancy ranked
Over 200 factors determine relevancy
Popularity is a large factor
Hits a page gets is another factor
4. Invisible Web
Invisible Web is anywhere from 100 to 500 times bigger than the Visible Web (or even bigger?)
Search engines like Google cant index the Invisible Web because:
Items found via a query
5. Invisible Web is important
Search engine relevancy rankings for Visible Web sometimes arent all that relevant
Some tools to help navigate Visible Web to find better resources:
Librarians Internet Index:
More for higher ed, but might be helpful
Invisible Web is way larger than Visible Web and has a lot more credible sources
6. How do I find Invisible Web?
Database through the government, libraries and state of MN
Databases through your school
Today were focusing on:ELM databases (ELM = Electronic Library for MN)
7. ELM -
8. Searchasaurus
9. Kids Search
10. InfoTrac Junior Edition
11. InfoTrac Senior Edition
12. Informe!
13. Britannica Online
14. ProQuest Newsstand Complete
16. Many more
Almost50 ELM databases
More databases available through your school, so talk to your media specialist
And now, think like a librarian
17. Before recommending, explore
Ask these questions of the database:
What type of content is provided?
How many publications are included? Years?
How frequently is it updated?
What navigational tools are provided?
Are there tutorials? A help section? Search tips?
How are search results displayed?
Can I save, email or print articles? RSS feeds?
Which students would best be served by this?
These questions and more are on Database Exploration Checklist
18. Before recommending, explore
19. Detailed Search
20. Search like a librarian
21. Search results
22. Subject versus Keyword
23. Limiting to type of file
24. Individual record
25. Between now and our meeting
Check out the information under Month 3 in the wiki, including the Database Exploration Checklist worksheet
Go into the ELM databases (or databases linked from your school library) and use the worksheet to analyze a couple databases
Blog about your experiences using the databases
When we meet in-person: Be ready to tell us about databases you think might be helpful for you and/or your students