- Evaluating information
- This section will direct you to resources which explain what
'quality' means in relation to information. They will show techniques
to evaluate the information you find in a structured way.
Being digital activities
Deciding what to trust online (5
This activity will help you to know what
questions to ask to judge the accuracy and reliability of information
you find online.
Deciding who to trust online (5 minutes)
People are not always what they seem to be. In this activity we look
at the questions to ask of people you meet online in order to judge
whether they are trustworthy.
Evaluation using PROMPT (5 minutes)
Introduces the PROMPT criteria which you can use to evaluate
information from any source.
Filtering information quickly (10
Strategies for fast filtering of results
when searching the web.
Scams and hoaxes (5 minutes)
This activity helps you to spot some of the signs of scams and hoaxes
and avoid getting taken in.
Scanning and skimming a web page (10
Learn how to use techniques that will help
you to find information quickly when you are dealing with large
amounts of text.
Selecting the right online tools (5
Learn how to select the right online tool
Social networking: is it for me? (10
Decide if social networking is for you, and
select the most approriate networking site.
Using Wikipedia (5 minutes)
Many of us use Wikipedia to find out information, but how far can you
trust it? This activity provides some guidelines to help you approach
it with discernment..
Library activities (requires an OUCU)
Finding images and copyright (Level 2: 1
How to find and use images ethically and
legally for your academic studies.
Quick evaluation of websites (Level 1:
Provides an overview of the "Who–Why–When" quick method of
evaluating websites and introduces a more detailed framework for
Evaluating the quality of information (Level
2: 1 hour)
Understand what is meant by ‘the
quality of information’ and evaluate the quality of
Using social media for research (Level
2: 30 to 40 minutes)
Introduces a range of social
media tools and helps you decide which to use to support your
Evaluating websites (Level 3: 45 minutes
to 1 hour)
Introduces the PROMPT mnemonic to help you
critically evaluate information in a structured way.
Developing critical reading (Level 3: 20
Learn how to critically read academic
material, focusing on academic journal articles.
Keeping up-to-date (Level 3: 30 minutes)
Provides an overview of how to keep up to date in your subject area.
Finding information for your assignment (1
Guidance on the key steps in finding
information for your assignment.
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