Library Research APART

Library Research Sessions 


Many of the students in the class use YouTube as a tool for research.

Earlier this week the grade five students did an online survey to get some data about how they use YouTube. Some of the questions included…

  • How do you find videos when you’re researching?
  • How do you decide if a video is right for your research needs?
  • How do you decide if a video is right for your level of understanding?

Leading up to Exhibition, we will be working in collaboration with Ms Vance from the library on research skills.

This week we were evaluating the usefulness of youtube for research and exploring how we can make it work for us in terms of getting information and using our time well.

We used a method called APART…

  • Authority- Who wrote it / created it? Are they an expert?
  • Purpose / Perspective – Why did they write it? What is their perspective?
  • Accuracy – Are there errors? Does it match what you know?
  • Relevance – Is it on your topic? Can you understand it?
  • Time – When was it written? When was it last updated? Is it up to date?

In groups, the students looked at a Science clip and used the process above to find evidence of, and discuss each aspect.


Some tips we gained from this:

  • Don’t watch any more than 30 / 60 seconds of an intro – move on (time)
  • Scan through (time)
  • Look at title for relevance
  • Don’t let Youtube make decisions for you when it flows on to the next clip – enter new searches for yourself
  • Check the date to see if it’s still relevant (especially for Science topics)
  • Go to the description for authority and accuracy
  • Use the channel and see other videos the YouTuber posts (expert)
  • Check popularity Likes / Dislikes (Time?) – consider whether this is a good thing or not
  • Channel description

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