Learning Online: Researching Your Project
Improve your online research skills and your ability to critically analyse sources of information.
Who is the course for?
This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.
Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.
The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.
Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.
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
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
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.