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Pathways

When you select a pathway, you will see a number of activities on a particular theme. Pathways allow you to develop a deeper understanding of a topic. You can work through the activities in your chosen pathway in any order.


Effective Searching

Effective searching

Learn how to focus your search effectively, avoid common searching pitfalls and ensure you retrieve the best information for your needs.

Here are the activities making up this pathway.

The icon next to each activity helps you to identify the format used (e.g. video, activity, further reading).

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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)
Choosing good keywords (word)

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)
Target your Google search (word)

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)

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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Screen reader users are advised to use the alternative Word or PDF version


Search slips and tips (pdf)
Search slips and tips (word)

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)
Filtering information quickly (word)

Scanning and skimming a web page

Activity

Learn how to use techniques to help you to read online information more efficiently and quickly.

This activity will take you: 10 minutes

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Scanning and skimming a web page (pdf)
Scanning and skimming a web page (word)

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)
Anatomy of a Journal (word)