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The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This free course, Finding information in technology, will help you discover the meaning of information quality and teach you how to evaluate the material you come across in your study of technology. You will learn how to plan your searches effectively and be able to experiment with some of the key resources in this area.
By the end of this guide you should be able to:
- conduct your own searches efficiently and effectively;
- find references to material in bibliographic databases;
- make efficient use of full text electronic journals services;
- critically evaluate information from a variety of sources;
- understand the importance of organising your own information;
- identify some of the systems available;
- describe how to use bookmarks/favorites for web resources;
- understand how and why to cite references in your work;
- produce a bibliography;
- identify and use different tools and techniques to keep yourself up to date.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Finding and using information – rate yourself
- 2 Searching for information on technology
- 3 Resources
- 4 Evaluating Technology information on the internet
- 5 Organising your information
- 6 Keeping up to date
- Next steps
- Keep on learning
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Finding information in technology
The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This unit will help you discover the meaning of information quality and teach you how to evaluate the material you come across in your study of technology. You will learn how to plan your searches effectively and be able to experiment with some of the key resources in this area.
This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Finding information (T324), which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Technology courses or view the range of currently available OU Technology courses.
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Originally published: Monday, 8th July 2013
Last updated on: Monday, 8th July 2013
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