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Learning Online: Searching and Researching

Improve your online research skills and your ability to critically analyse sources of information.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Learning Online: Searching and Researching

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Why join the course?

In this course, you’ll explore the rich and diverse range of information available to you online, how to use search tools effectively, and the ways in which you can begin to assess information that you might want to use in your studies. Using a wide range of learning activities, you will be challenged to dig deeper and think critically about the information that you find online.

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’, which introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to study online.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Searching effectively online using a variety of search engines and tools
  • Combining information from multiple sources, blending online and offline materials to aid research
  • Sharing research to collaboratively develop a broader understanding of topics
  • Assessing and evaluating information: considering the authority, timeliness and relevance of sources to ensure validity
  • Critical thinking: utilising information and providing context to research to aid the drawing of conclusions

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Assess and record your current level of knowledge regarding searching and researching online.
  • Identify and discuss your search engine of choice.
  • Explore methods of using search tools more effectively to locate appropriate sources.
  • Perform web searches using different ‘operators’ and advanced search options.
  • Discuss the benefits of using a wide range of online sources for researching subjects.
  • Demonstrate effective use of multiple sources to contribute information in a collaborative environment.
  • Assess the quality and appropriateness of information found online to help determine its validity and contribute an example to the discussion.
  • Identify sources which need to be up-to-date and relevant in order to be of use when researching. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the core principles of how to critically assess a source.
  • Explore an information journey and produce a timeline relating to a topic of your choice.
  • Assess your post-course knowledge of researching by participating in the test which concludes the course.

Who is the course for?

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for schools and colleges. The course can be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource or can be studied independently by students.

Who will you learn with?

Raphael Hallett

Educator, University of Leeds. I lecture in History, specialise in Curriculum Design and build Digital Literacy and Digital Scholarship modules. I also lead the University's Liberal Arts programme.

Angela Newton

Learning Advisor at Skills@Library, University of Leeds.

Who developed the course?

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $54 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.