As the Internet grows, it becomes more challenging to find the correct information from a reliable source in a timely manner. As research expert Gary Price puts it, “The haystack is growing and finding the needles takes more time and requires greater skill.”
This one-day course will teach participants how to conduct accurate Internet research by creating a search plan, searching both the surface web and the deep web, and staying organised. Participants will also learn how to think critically and find the best sources for their Internet search.
You will spend the first part of the day getting to know other participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Participants will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
Creating a Search Plan
Having a search plan is a very good idea whether you are doing an average search or a major research project. It can help you remain focused and find the answers you need quickly and efficiently. Here participants will learn to create research questions and also consider the complexity of different type of searches and look at Internet search resources.
Searching the Surface Web
The surface web is what you delve into with a typical Internet search. This session gives students a glimpse into how search engines work and how to build a keyword list that will generate the best results for your query. This session goes through a basic search engine query step by step, dives into advanced search options, and shows how to perform quick searches for facts.
Diving Into the Deep Web
Conventional wisdom says that only about 5% of the Internet is indexed. The other 95% lies in the deep web and this session takes a look at that. Participants will learn about the deep web, which contains information that participants will need for most of their research queries.
Searching for Multimedia
There is a lot more to the Internet than just text, there’s plenty of multimedia resources out there as well. Search engines can index multimedia files like video, audio, and other rich media. Participants will learn in this session techniques for searching for multimedia using basic search engines and specialised sites.
Assessing Research Sites
There is plenty of false information available on the Internet and therefore it’s important for participants to be able to evaluate the credibility of websites they use. This session provides a checklist to evaluate that credibility and also looks at checking facts and getting to the primary source. This session also discusses Wikipedia and what role it should play in Internet research.
Staying Organised with Research Tools
It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of information available easily at hand on the Internet. There are a number of different tools out there for your students to organise information, track sources, and manage notes. This session looks at major types of research tools.
Plagiarism is not only unethical, it’s theft. Properly citing sources and referencing copyrighted works is a key skill for writers and researchers. Styles guides point the way for this, as can an understanding of what can, and cannot be, reproduced. This session looks at what plagiarism is and techniques for citing the sources.
At the end of the course, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.
For details on the differences between “in-house” and “all-inclusive” please see below
We’re keen to ensure that all the participants get the most out of the day, so ideally, we would love to have a room that has natural daylight, space to move, sit and write / work in small groups and utilise the wall space.
It helps to have the equipment provided but we can provide screen, projectors, flip charts and sound etc.
The “in-house” price includes training materials for all participants and a brilliant trainer… come coach… come facilitator.
The price excludes facilitator travel / accommodation (if required) and VAT.
Quite simply, we take all the hassle, stress and time required to organise your course off-site.
We will provide;
We think this is great value and ideal for companies who do not have the resource or time to organise the training.
Please see “Terms” for specific details on our all-inclusive offer.
Full Course Terms and Conditions are available upon request and are provided during the booking process.
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