- Unpacking information
- These resources will help you to understand where information
comes from, how it is generated and how it reaches you as a consumer.
You will also find out why organising and categorising information is
important, and how this can help to find different types of
Being digital activities
Finding hidden information online (10
Strategies for fast filtering of results
when searching the web.
Information universe (10 minutes)
Save time and get better results by learning how to focus on the
category of information best suited to the purpose of your search.
Selecting the right online tools (5
Learn how to select the right online tool
Target your Google search (10 minutes)
Find relevant information quickly using Google's advanced search
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 out about databases (Level 1: 20
This short activity explains how databases
can be useful to you and what sources are available to you via the OU
Where does scientific information come from? (Level
1: 30-45 minutes)
Learn how scientific research is
communicated to the public, and about the different types of
Evaluating the quality of information (Level
2: 1 hour)
This activity will help you to understand
what is meant by ‘the quality of information’ and
evaluate the quality of information.
Explore library resouces (10 minutes)
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.
Getting started with the online library (2
Short video introduction to the Open
University online library and its resources. Transcript available.
Finding information for your assignment (1
Guidance on the key steps in finding
information for your assignment.
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