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Key skills: making a difference
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5.2.3 Identify and research relevant sources of information

Spend some time finding out about what you will need to complete your IT work successfully and who you need to consult. You may need to arrange access to a library, to the Internet, databases on CD-ROM or online, or specialist training or publications. If you need to learn more about specific IT procedures or techniques (for example setting up a spreadsheet, using a database, archiving data), then look first at your course material and then at study guides or notes aimed at your area of interest. Find out about relevant tutorials or training sessions you can attend.

You may find that material or resources associated with courses or projects other than your own may be helpful. Find out who might be able to help you track down information; you may need the support of a tutor or manager, specialists such as librarians, or other students or work colleagues.

Establishing where your information is going to come from will help you to think about how you are going to manage and organise your work. Keep a full and accurate record in your Skills File of the sources and references you have tracked down so that you can find them again and provide accurate references for others. If you are using a web browser, make sure you know how to: bookmark relevant web pages so that you can find them again easily, download information, and save text and images in appropriate formats.

Time out

Make a note of what information you will need to find, where you might find it, and which people you should contact to help you.