Duration 2 weeks
Weekly study 2 hours
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Learn how to search and evaluate online information for your project
With over 63,000 searches per second, searching online is a hugely popular form of research. But how can you make sure you’re doing it right?
To conduct online research effectively, you need to learn specific skills. On this course, you’ll explore the limitations of popular search engines and consider alternative search tools.
You’ll learn how to conduct research, starting with identifying your research question. You’ll also explore primary and secondary sources, how to use specialist databases, and how to critically analyse information so that you can form your own opinion on a research project.
What topics will you cover?
- Advantages and limitations of online search tools.
- Identifying your research question.
- Advanced search approaches and operators.
- Different types of information source.
- Critical thinking skills.
- Evaluating sources to include in your research.
- Avoiding plagiarism.
- Referencing others in your work.
- Formulating your own opinion.
When would you like to start?
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Available nowThis course started 27 Jan 2020
Who is the course for?
This course is suitable for anyone interested in conducting online research but will be particularly useful for students in high schools.
This course and the other courses in the Learning Online series provide an excellent foundation for studying the Going to University courses.
The Going to University course collection are created specifically for high school students as well as their teachers who can use these courses as classroom enrichment resources.
Who will you learn with?
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