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Guides and Revision Aids

How to write a Bibliography and how to avoid plagiarism.
Citation Machine: A valuable link for IB students
Subject Reference Guide for the Internet
Internet Guide for Teachers
Middle School Study Skills Guide


Specific Subject Information and Revision Help

Tips on Studying History
IB and OI Grade History and Geography Revision
IB Biology
IB Physics
IB Math Studies


These links are just some of the resources available on the Internet. Since these are external links, the ODWS team cannot guarantee that they will always be in working order. Even though these links seem stable, sometimes sites go off-line or the server goes down temporarily. The ODWS team does try to check on the availability of these linked pages on a regular basis.

In some cases the links lead to web pages that themselves provide a list of resource links. These are reciprocal links to web sites that have included the ODWS in their listings.

Anyone who knows of a web site that he or she thinks should be included in this listing is welcome to e-mail the ODWS webmaster with the suggested URL.




URL = Uniform Resource Locator (Web Site address)

FTP = File Transfer Protocol (for transferring files across the Internet)

HTTP = Hypertext Transfer Protocol (used to carry information between user's computer and the Web site)

HTML = Hypertext Markup Language (the language in which the majority of Web pages are written)

WWW = World Wide Web

TCP/IP = Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (the language that all computers use when connected to the Internet)

PPP = Point to Point Protocol (protocol which allows your computer to connect to the Internet via a modem)

GIF = Graphics Interchange Format (image files saved in this format can be 'seen' by a Web browser e.g. Chrome or Internet Explorer)

JPEG (JPG) = Joint Photographic Experts Group (another image file format which can be viewed on the Web. This type of file is 'compressed' to reduce its size; this makes it load faster)

Hypertext links = These are usually presented as underlined text with the words in a different colour from the rest of the text. If you click on a hypertext you can be sent to another part of the site you are looking at or a different site altogether.

JAVA = programming language which allows multimedia effects and interactivity within Web pages.






Custom Search

Internet Guide for Parents and Students


Research Clipart 


Using Information from the Internet: Guide to Students

Extract from "Students on the Internet" (Biologist (1998)45 (4))

The main conclusions drawn from this article are as follows:

  1. Students need to seriously and critically evaluate all material.

  2. The URL should be quoted in a separate reference list from one which relates to non-web documents.

  3. The URL address should be quoted in full, as well as the author's name, where possible.

  4. All images should be attributed to the author's URL and name. If possible, permission should be obtained from the author.



The Core Rules of Netiquette

Evaluating Websites

Kathy Schrock's guide to evaluating websites

Ten Tips for concerned Parents

(information taken from the Magazine Internet @ access made easy - issue nine)

  1. Set clear rules : Use the Internet as you would the TV or any other media. Work out an agreement about Internet usage, such as the number of hours per week. Make it clear what it should be used for and what it should not be used for.

  2. Make the Net a family activity : Use the Net with your child as you would look through a textbook with him/her. Pick some of the sites shown below and browse through them together.

  3. Choose a family friendly ISP : Choose your ISP carefully. Some offer a package which is especially for families. This can include individual e-mail addresses, Net filtering and blocking unsuitable chat rooms and blogs. Ask the ISP if it offers this type of service.

  4. Follow the sites the children have visited : There is usually a menu which will offer a list of the last twenty or so sites visited. Keep a good check on this.

  5. Learn from 'History' : The 'History' option on a Web browser will also give you a list of recently visited sites. The keyboard function Control-H will do the same.

  6. Protect Privacy : One of the first rules your child should understand is that no personal details are ever given online.

  7. Avoid Chat Rooms and Blogs : It is best to have a rule that 'chat rooms' and blogs are not allowed.

  8. Teach your Child 'Netiquette' : See the references above.

  9. Watch for Viruses : Any downloaded material should be checked for viruses. It is essential that you have an up-to-date virus scan and that any user should know how to make such a check.

  10. Be realistic about Net Filters


Net Filtering Software

Parents should note that these have to be purchased. Net Filters can do a lot but they are no substitute for parental supervision. Keep an eye on your children when they are on-line.

Net Nanny


Search Engine

Use the safe surf option from Google.

Google Safe Surf


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