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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.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- conduct 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 information.
- 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
- 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 course 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 OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study in
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, 15th August 2016
Last updated on: Monday, 15th August 2016
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