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Finding and using information requires you to think about the kind of information you need, where to find it, and how to evaluate it. 

This course is made up of four units:

Unit 1: Identifying information

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This unit is split into three sections and aims to explore and recognise the value of the different formats of resources you may come across when searching for information.​  

Section 1: Types of information.  

  • Explore the different types of information available and identify the strengths & weaknesses of each.

Section 2: Stages of information.  

  • Considers the information timeline and the differences between primary, secondary, and tertiary material.

Section 3: Online Resource Lists.

  • Your Online Resource Lists provide access to all the items of essential and further reading, viewing, watching, or listening that academic staff has selected for your modules.  Learn how to access and get the most from these.
Unit 2: Searching for information

This unit is divided into three sections that will introduce you to accessing and searching the various academic sources that are provided by the library.  

Section 1: Introduction to searching

  • Learn how to search the library catalogue and locate a variety of resources.

Section 2: Searching for journal articles

Section 3: Finding and searching academic databases

Unit 3: Advanced Searching

This unit is comprised of 3 sections that will introduce you to the more advanced search strategies you might use in your research.

Section 1: Further searching techniques

Section 2: Google and Google Scholar

Section 3: Literature reviews​

Unit 4: Evaluating Information

This unit is made up of 3 sections that will help you to develop your critical thinking skills.

Section 1: Critical awareness

Section 2: Peer-reviewed and scholarly information

Section 3: Misinformation

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