Topic outline

  • General

    DUlogo This unit will help you to identify and use information in Modern Languages, whether for your work, study or personal purposes.

  • 1 Assessing your current level of knowledge Before you study this course, why not use the self-assessment questions in the quiz to rate your current level of knowledge?

  • Topic 2

    2 Searching for information

    In this section, we'll create a search statement that we can use to search any resource, whether it’s a search engine, a database or an electronic journal. Then we'll go on to use that statement in section 3.

  • Topic 3

    3 using our search statement

    Whatever resource you choose to use to find information on the internet, many of the same principles apply. Each source that you use will probably look quite different from the one you tried before, but you'll notice that there are always features that are similar – a box to type your search terms in, for instance, or a clickable help button.
    Different resources refer to the same functions using different terminology, but the principles behind them are exactly the same. The trick is to check the clues given on the screen or in the 'help' of the individual database you are using.

  • Topic 4

    4 Resources

    You can find a lot of information about Modern Languages on the internet. In this section we'll make a quick survey of the different types of site you may want to use. Sometimes, a site will ask you to register (or "sign up") before giving you access - before doing that, think about how you are going to remember your user name and password...
  • 5 Choosing the right kind of site plain text comes below

  • 6 Summary of sections 4 and 5 The tour from the INTUTE website (link below) is especially useful for teachers of languages OTHER than English. Please leave the DISCOVER and JUDGE sections for part 7 of this course...

  • 7. Discover and Judge Web resources

  • Topic 8

    8 Evaluating Modern Languages information on the internet

    In this section we'll evaluate the quality of web resources using 6 separate criteria. You can see them summarised on this checklist.

  • Topic 9

    9 Organising your information

    Why is it important to be organised?

    • 87% of items that are filed into a filing cabinet are never looked at again. STANFORD UNIVERSITY
    • The world is producing nearly two exabytes of new and unique information every year – an exabyte is a new term that had to be coined for a billion gigabytes. All the words ever spoken by human beings comes to five exabytes. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (BERKELEY)(big PDF doc)
    • More new information has been produced in the last 30 years than in the 5,000 years before that. INFORMATION SKILLS FOR AN INFORMATION SOCIETY – Carol Kuhlthau (1987) Eric Clearinghouse for Information, ISBN 0937597147
    • A new blog is created every second. TECHNORATI
    • 10% of salary costs are wasted as employees search for information to complete tasks. COMPUTERWORLD

    The world today bombards you with facts. There is such a wealth of information coming at you from a variety of sources that to be able to work effectively you need to have some system for organising it all. Think of a typical day – how much time do you waste looking for a piece of information you need?

  • Topic 11

    11. Keeping up to date

    The process of keeping up-to-date in your chosen subject area is useful for your studies and afterwards, for your own personal satisfaction, or perhaps in your career as part of your continuing professional development.

    There are a great many tools available that make it quite easy to keep yourself up to date. You can set them up so that the information comes to you, rather than you having to go out on the web looking for it. Over the next few pages, you will be experimenting with some of the available tools.

    Keep a note of any tools you use and how they work, so that if you find out later they are not as useful as you had hoped, it will be easy for you to unsubscribe, and avoid being overwhelmed with information you perhaps weren’t expecting.

  • 12. get the latest news!

  • Although my name appears in the meta-data for some bits of html here, this course is essentially just a re-mix of the OpenLearn original