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Kent-Drury, Roxanne M. Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in World Literature.

KENT-DRURY, Roxanne M. Using Internet primary sources to teach critical thinking skills in world literature. Libraries Unlimited. 194p. index. c2005. 0-313-32009-8. $48.95. SA

The Internet contains a bewildering number of sources on every imaginable topic. Many students write papers that are based on misinformation. Others write papers that are nothing more than "cut and paste." Kent-Drury acknowledges that to some educators, "the term Internet research is an oxymoron," then proceeds to identify Internet sources on the topic of World Literature that may be used to teach essential critical thinking skills.

One might be tempted to dismiss this book as one that will be rapidly outdated. However, the sites included have been carefully vetted. Stable educational sites are given preference, and the credentials of sites maintained by individuals have been examined. The result is a book of sources that are appropriate and accessible. The early chapters are devoted to sites that develop skills in locating and evaluating Internet resources and in understanding the tools used in literary analysis. Succeeding chapters cover resources of general interdisciplinary interest, religion, the ancient world, and classical Greek and Roman literature, as well as European and non-European literature. For each site, the name and Internet address (URL) are given. In addition, a succinct description and assessment of the site are provided. An explanation of how to navigate the site, along with possible related assignments and activities, is offered. Finally, Internet addresses of related sites are provided.

The number of sites presented is substantial and the quality of the information provided is outstanding. Sites range from The Ancient Olympic Games Virtual Museum to Middle Eastern Mystical Poetry to World Art Web Kiosk. This resource will be most valuable for teachers of world history and literature and their students. Other works in this series will be of invaluable assistance to teachers in other disciplines. Anthony Pucci, English Dept. Chair., Notre Dame HS, Elmira, NY
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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