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

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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 Journal

Activity

How to identify the different elements which make up a journal and a journal article, and understand the role of peer review.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Anatomy of a Journal (pdf)
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Choosing good keywords

Activity

How to find the information you need by choosing the most appropriate keywords for your purposes.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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Choosing good keywords (pdf)
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Explore library resources

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 quickly

Activity

Strategies for fast filtering of results when using search engines to find information online.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Filtering information quickly (pdf)
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Finding hidden information online

Activity

How to access online information that might not be available to search engines.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Finding hidden information online (pdf)
Finding hidden information online (word)

Getting started with the online library

Video

A video introducing the resources and services available through the Open University online library.

This activity will take you: 2 minutes

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Information universe

Activity

Planning a search based on the type of information needed and its purpose.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Information universe (pdf)
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Keeping up-to-date using blogs

Activity

Learn 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 blogs (pdf)
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Keeping up-to-date using online networking

Activity

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

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Keeping up-to-date using RSS

Activity

How RSS feeds can be an useful way to keep up-to-date with the latest news, articles and blogs.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Keeping up-to-date using RSS (pdf)
Keeping up-to-date using RSS (word)

Search slips and tips

Activity

How to avoid the common pitfalls of searching for information online and plan an efficient search.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Search slips and tips (pdf)
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Selecting the right online tools

Activity

An introduction to some of the online tools available with questions to ask when choosing the right one.

This activity will take you: 5 minutes

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Selecting the right online tools (pdf)
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Self-assessment: Finding information

Activity

A questionnaire to help you assess your skills in finding information online.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Self-assessment: Finding information (pdf)
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Self-assessment: Understanding digital practices

Activity

A questionnaire to help you assess how familiar and confident you are with digital tools and online environments.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Self-assessment: Understanding digital practices (pdf)
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Target your Google search

Activity

How to use the advanced features of Google to target your search and find relevant information quickly.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Target your Google search (pdf)
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What is the online library?

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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