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The Web has become an unparalleled informational resource. Although it surpasses the card catalogue as the main entry point for research projects, it poses particular problems for students such as finding needed information, evaluating the information, and distinguishing the work from others' work and their own (Gillard, C. [2007]. Internet research 101. Harvard Education Letter, 23[5], 4-5). To start a search, teachers suggest that students begin with Wikipedia to gather background information, a subscription-based online resource that links to a wide variety of online resources, and keyword searches after they have some background knowledge. Once students begin a search, they need to be able to evaluate the quality of hundreds of "hits." Web expert Kathleen Shrock suggests using these five W's as a rule of thumb:

* Who created the site? Can the authors be identified as experts?

* What is the author's purpose in creating the site?

* When was the site created or updated?

* Where does the information on the site come from?

* Why is the information useful to the student? (p. 5)

To avoid plagiarism, teachers can structure research assignments to elicit original work by using "how" or "why" questions, having students select topics of interest to them, and providing examples of cited research.

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Publication:Gifted Child Today
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Date:Jan 1, 2008
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