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Being digital activities cover the skills we all need to be effective online. Activities are short and easy to follow.

You can choose relevant activities by:

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Finding

Knowing what and who is online, deciding how and where to search, knowing when to stop or change your search strategy, keeping up-to-date.

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Anatomy of a Journalopens in a new window

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A tutorial on how to identify a journal and its contents to successfully select a journal article.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Choosing good keywordsopens in a new window

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How to focus your search using targeted keywords.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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Explore library resourcesopens in a new window

Video

A collection of short videos introducing you to the rich variety of online resources provided by OU Library Services. Choose the subject you are interested in. Transcripts are available.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Filtering information quicklyopens in a new window

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Strategies for fast filtering of results when searching the web.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Finding hidden information onlineopens in a new window

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Learn how to access online information that might not be listed by search engines.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Getting started with the online libraryopens in a new window

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Short introduction to the Open University online library and its resources. Transcript available.

This activity will take you: 2 minutes

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Information universeopens in a new window

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Save time and get better results by learning how to focus on the category of information best suited to the purpose of your search.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Keeping up-to-date using blogsopens in a new window

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How to find reliable blogs that will help you to keep up-to-date with your specialist interests.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Keeping up-to-date using online networkingopens in a new window

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Learn how online networks can help you keep up-to-date and how to choose an appropriate network for your needs.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Keeping up-to-date using RSSopens in a new window

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RSS makes it easier and quicker to keep up-to-date with the latest news, articles and blogs.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Search slips and tipsopens in a new window

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Avoid the pitfalls of searching for information online, and conduct more efficient searches.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Selecting the right online toolsopens in a new window

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Learn how to select the right online tool with confidence.

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Self-assessment: Finding informationopens in a new window

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Identify which skills you need to become more confident with finding information online, for example, knowing where to look and how to search effectively.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Self-assessment: Finding information (pdf)
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Self-assessment: Understanding digital practicesopens in a new window

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Identify which skills you need to become more confident with digital practices, for example, presenting yourself online, using digital tools or knowing what you can do with information you find.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Target your Google searchopens in a new window

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Find relevant information quickly using Google's advanced search options.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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What is the online library?opens in a new window

Video

Bob discovers the Open University's online library, which gives you access to thousands of up-to-date online articles and books. Transcript available.

This activity will take you: 2 minutes

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