Information essentials

Aims and objectives

This module will:

  • introduce you to different kinds of information and where to find them
  • give advice on search strategies
  • help you to evaluate information.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • develop a search strategy to find the best information for your needs
  • find different kinds of information using different tools
  • evaluate information you find.

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Module summary

 What is information?

  • Information is part of a hierarchy with data and knowledge.
  • One way of thinking about information is as data with added meaning.

 Types of information

  • Common sources of information include books, journals, newspapers and websites.
  • Peer reviewed journals are an excellent place to look for authoritative information.
  • You may need to use special types of information for your assignments. The Library has guides to help you find these.

 Finding information

  • Planning a search strategy will help you to find the best information for your assignment.
  • Library Search provides access to our resources and is a great place to start.
  • Databases are more subject specific and allow for very advanced searches.

 Searching the internet

  • Internet search engines curate the results that you get back so treat them with care.
  • Just because information is freely available on the internet doesn't mean that it's of less good quality. Open access journals are often peer reviewed and freely available.

 Evaluating information

  • There are a lot of ways to tell whether information is reliable.
  • You can use the CRAAP method as a quick reminder of key qualities.

 Fake news, facts and data

  • Alternative facts aren't facts.
  • Fake news isn't a new phenomenon but can still be hard to spot.
  • Be careful when reading about or using statistics - are you getting the full picture?

Duration:   Approximately 30 minutes


Graduate attributes

Knowledge and skills you can gain to contribute to your Graduate attributes:

 Critical judgement

 Independence and creativity


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