Thanks for visiting the Texas Information Literacy Tutorial. Here are a few sites and sources we found while making TILT that we though you might be interested in...


Introduction

An Atlas of Cyberspace
http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/casa/martin/atlas/atlas.html
How do you map the Internet? If you like doppler radar then you're going to love this! Contains 3-D models of Internet usage as well as some far out studies on complex data representation.

Cerf's Up
http://www.wcom.com/about_the_company/cerfs_up/
Vint Cerf tells great stories about the development of the Internet and the characters that were involved. A true pioneer, Vint also keeps a close watch on what is currently happening in the government regarding the Internet and adds his own thoughts on the future of it all.

DARPA
http://www.darpa.mil/
The homepage for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. See what they're up to now...makes the X-files look like a walk in the park.

Information Age: People, Information & Technology
An Exhibition at the National Museum of American History
http://photo2.si.edu/infoage/infoage.html
This exhibition displays visually and interactively how electrical information technology has changed our society over the last 150 years.

The Roads and Crossroads of the Internet's History.
By Gregory R. Gromov.
http://www.internetvalley.com/intval.html
A critically acclaimed site for a comprehensive history of the Internet.

Where the Wizards Stay Up Late: the Origins of the Internet.
By Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
This book tells the story of a group of computer whizzes who made computer networking possible. The discoveries made by this small group of researchers and engineers became the foundation for the Internet.

 

Module 1

Digital Literacy.
By Paul Gilster.
New York : Wiley Computer Pub., 1997.
"...though the Internet is easier than ever to use, the means of information sharing that it involves require a whole new mindset. Without these new thinking skills, the benefits of this exciting medium may be diminished or lost."

Into the Future: On the Preservation of Knowledge in the Electronic Age.
Videocassette. Dir. Terry Sanders. Commission on Preservation & Access, 1997.
Twenty percent of data stored on magnetic tape in the NASA archive, collected from the entire space program, is unreadable due to tape deterioration. By 2000, seventy-five percent of all federal transactions will be electronic. Will they survive? Will there still be hardware and software to read them in the future? This video shows that in the excitement of new technologies, preservation of valuable information must not be ignored.

Take a Walk on the Wired Side
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Exhibits/wired/

Catch up with science fiction writers, new technologies, predictions for the future, famous digiterati, and evolving businesses. Are you ready?

Library Research Using Primary Sources
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/PrimarySources.html
UC Berkeley is ready to talk about memoirs, research reports, and official documents -- why they are important to research and how to find them.

 

Module 2

The Squirrel Hunt
http://netsquirrel.com/hunt/
Try your luck finding quirky information on the Web. This free, bi-weekly Internet research competition asks 10 questions for which you have to find the answers on the Internet. The first individual and first team (of up to five people) to complete each Hunt, answer the questions correctly, and explain how they found the answers, wins a lovely prize pack.

Dewey Decimal Classification
http://www.tnrdlib.bc.ca/dewey.html
Check out how Melvil Dewey organized all "knowledge" into 10 broad categories back in the 1800's.

Library of Congress Classification
http://www.oclc.org/oclc/fp/about/ddc21sm1.htm
Or see how the Library of Congress has reorganized all those topics according to the letters of the alphabet.

Search Engine Watch
http://www.searchenginewatch.com/
Get some background about search engines, tips on how to use them better, some history, and fun facts.

WebCrawler Search Voyeur
http://webcrawler.com/SearchTicker.html
Find out what other people are searching for on the Web by watching the scrolling display. This site works with most browsers that support Java.

Software Agents Group
http://agents.www.media.mit.edu/groups/agents/projects/
The Sofware Agents Group at MIT has projects on information filtering agents, agents as navigation guides, remembrance agents, recommender agents, matchmaking agents and buying and selling agents. This page lists their current and past projects.

 

 Module 3

Country codes
http://nu2.com/codes.html
Did you know that the country code for Aruba is AW? Browse the list of country codes to help you identify just where that Web page is coming from.

Avoiding Plagiarism
http://www.depauw.edu/acadser/plag.htm
Claims plagiarism is one of te worst mistakes anyone can make. They may be right! Check out the multiple ways you can commit this offense.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
http://lib.nmsu.edu/staff/susabeck/eval.html
Need more criteria for evaluating a Web page? This page illustrates how to evaluate Web pages with some excellent examples.

Evaluating Internet Research Sources
http://www.sccu.edu/faculty/R_Harris/evalu8it.htm
This site offers more guidance about evaluating the quality of online information. Besides listing key criteria, the author gives you a short summary of each of the key issues.

Evaluating Quality on the Net
http://www.tiac.net/users/hope/findqual.html
Maybe you see the Web as containing "valuable nuggets and an incredible amount of junk." Learn why it is important to evaluate and tips for how to find quality information on the Web.

Nueva Library Research Goal
http://nuevaschool.org/~debbie/library/research/research.html
Choose your type of source, fill in the form, press the button and you've made a complete citation in MLA format!