Magazine article Teacher Librarian

NetTrekker Internet Database. (Professional Reading)

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

NetTrekker Internet Database. (Professional Reading)

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Thinkronize, Inc.

NetTrekker markets itself as a web research engine for students, designed specifically for the secondary school curriculum. The subscription service, a product of the application service provider Thinkronize, boasts a growing index of 160,000 web sites, reviewed and approved by subject teachers.

Subject searches involve "drilling down" through a directory structure, starting at the top level with one of 11 subjects, each of which is further subdivided. There are literally thousands of sites associated with each top-level subject. For instance, there are nearly 6,500 sites classified under The Arts, and more than 1,850 sites under Computers.

Alternatively, students can perform a keyword search, do a "famous person" search or use a combination of the above. Refined Search allows for searching with specific needs in mind -- e.g., multimedia requirements; limited to primary documents; a specific grade level; or sites from a particular type of organization, such as government sites.

Within the brief display, search results for each site include the hyperlinked site title, a reliability rating, an age rating, a bread-crumb trail following the subject classification, a brief web site description, icons indicating features such as images, maps and downloads, an overall rating and a link to the evaluator's work history and educational credentials. The detailed web page evaluation also provides information about the site's affiliation, language information and a rating of its authority and subject depth. …

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