Perform smarter searches, improve your online research skills and your ability to critically analyze sources of information.
In our online courses, we'll introduce you to the rich and diverse range of information available to you online, how to use search tools effectively, and the ways in which you can begin to assess information that you need to use in your investigations. We will challenge you to think critically about the information that you find online.
Our “Supercharged Searching” series, introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to conduct online research to make more informed business decisions.
What topics do we cover?
We will help you to perform smarter searches to help you find the information you're looking for. Using smarter searches means learning how to adjust your search terms to bring up academic quality content, bring up the topics you need, and find the topics you need under different names and subjects.
You can also learn to search a specific website, search archives and academic papers, and otherwise, remove general content from your search.
We teach you how to searching effectively online using a variety of search engines and tools, going beyond using Google. We show you how to combine information from multiple sources, blending the web, the deep web also known as the invisible web and offline materials to aid research.
Using Tools to Improve Your Research Skills
Tools are a great way to improve your research and your use of the web and can help you with finding academic quality references, better quality information, and more data.
Choosing the Right Sources
We also cover how to assess and evaluate information: considering the authority, timeliness, and relevance of sources to ensure validity. We discuss critical thinking: utilizing information and providing context to research to aid the drawing of conclusions. Information bias, misinformation, and even outright lies are unfortunately common on the web as well. It is important that you learn how to recognize them, how to research to prove facts, and how to recognize if the author has an agenda
At the end of our courses, you will be able to:
- Identify and use your search engine of choice.
- Perform web searches using different operators and advanced search options.
- Choose search tools more effectively and locate appropriate sources of information.
- Assess the quality and appropriateness of information found online to help determine its validity.
- Demonstrate an understanding of some of the core principles of how to critically assess a source.
- Learn how to use the process known as chaining which involves using the information found from multiple resources to create a single conclusion
A great researcher is someone who understands that publications on the web are not always truthful or quality references, and who knows how to sort through the millions of publications to find high-quality links and papers. It's also important that you know how to use your time effectively, and that you know where to find the references and sources you need.
Find out about our courses here.