A Pownce from a student yesterday:
[It’s] driving me crazy. Just wanted to tell you for no reason.
She’s not the first person to find herself when searching for new information on her benchmark project. I was hoping this would happen. I could have preached the shortcomings of the almighty Google, but they wouldn’t look anywhere else until they truly needed it.
They’ve started needing it. They’ve started needing the deep web. We started talking about it today. A somewhat convoluted metaphor of Google being like the garbage men on my block and deep search engines being like the little old lady who picks up the actual litter started things off.
Wikipedia’s entry on the Invisible Web says this about its size:
Philly schools have a subscription to EBSCO. It’s one of the best kept secrets in the district. Now, EBSCO got me through college. Fully text searches were the reason I spent minimal time in the library (sorry Doug Johnson). Showing it to the kids today, though, I felt like I was handing them a Vespa in celebration of their 16th birthdays. For some, it got the job done. For others, more was needed.
Not all of the tools were right for all the students – I know, I was shocked too. It’s weird when they learn and see that it’s important.