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The Big6 - Skill 3 Location and Access
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The Big6 is a process model to help people solve their information problems. Developed by information literacy educators Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the Big6 is a way to teach information and technology skills, or research skills, to our students. In this video you are introduced to the Big6 skills by viewing an analogy between baking and doing research. In this video you are introduced to Skill 3 - Location and Access or "How can we find what we need?"


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Ethnic NewsWatch Introduction
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This podcast introduces the Ethnic NewsWatch database from the Alabama Virtual Library.


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History Reference Center Database Research Project: Ancient Rome  
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Using an example of an English assignment for students to research Ancient Rome, the student uses the History Reference Center to eventually limit his/her search to locate a book source. In addition, the student learns how to sign-in and add items to his/her folder.


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History Reference Center Database Research Project: Civil War
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Using the History Reference Center Database, students will look for Civil War pictures, charts, graphs, or maps to use in a classroom project.


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Student Research Center Intro
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This podcast introduces the uses of the Student Research Center.  Access to this database is provided by the Alabma Virtual Library.


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Tunnel Vision and Opposing Viewpoints
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This podcast gives students an overview of what they can expect to find in the Opposing Viewpoints Database.  Students learn that it is here they can find diverse viewpoints on societal issues.  Hopefully, this lesson will help students appreciate diverse facts and opinions.


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Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database Part 2
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The podcast is designed to provide instruction on utilizing the Student Research Center Database. Viewers will learn how to filter search results and save viewed articles into a folder. This podcast should be viewed after watching Part 1 Navigating the Alabama Research Center Student Research Center Database.


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Finding Relevant Articles in the History Reference Center
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In the History Reference Center, search tools in the left side bar allow the user to refine the search by date, subject, and publication type. This brief video tutorial demonstrates how to use this helpful tool.


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Image Search - Kids InfoBits
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Students love to search for images on the Internet.  But how do students conduct safe searches for student projects?  By using Kids InfoBits, that's how!  This short video tutorial on Kids InfoBits shows students how to search for relevant and safe images.  


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Person Search - Kids Info Bits
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This video tutorial shows students how to search for a famous person using the Alabama Virtual Library. Kids InfoBits is a database that is geared toward students in third through fifth grades. Kids InfoBits is used during this search for the famous athlete Cal Ripken, Jr.  The various articles found within this database have symbols provided that let the researcher know the reading level. 


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Infotrac - AVL
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This video is intended to show the high school student how to efficiently use Infotrac as a research database.


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Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database
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This podcast is designed to help famaliarize users with the Student Research Center Database. This podcast mainly focuses on perfoming a basic search and editing user preferences.


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Intro to SIRS Discoverer
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This podcast provides a brief introduction to SIRS Discover database from the Alabama Virtual Library.


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Searching for George Washington
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Elementary students are often overwhelmed by the amount of information available in AVL databases.  Search techniques, however, make research much easier.  In this video tutorial, a Boolean search in the Biography Reference Bank helps students find relevant information on President George Washington. Use this video tutorial in the classroom to demonstrate the use of a Boolean search.


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Student Research Center: Biography Search
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Using the Student Research Center Database, the student searches for biographical information on a physicist to complete a classroom assignment. The podcast shows how to email an article.


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Discovering the Library!
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In this podcast, I am trying to get the students excited about coming into the Library.  I am trying to promote library usage by the students. I want the students to see the library as a place they can come, visit, and  learn about new and exciting things. I want the students to see that the library can be a fun place, not just a dull and uneventful room.  I want the students to visualize a happy, relaxing, informative room that they can't wait to come and visit. 


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Effective Google Search
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This podcast will help media specialists or other professionals explain how to perform an effective google search. This video could be for professional development in a K-12 school setting or at the university level for pre-service teachers.  This podcast could also be used to teach middle school and high school information literacy skills.


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