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Internet Research Skills Emma Place IntuteTraining Manager University of Bristol. “One of the major issues academics will face over the coming years is how to utilise, and teach students to utilise, the Internet in their research”. Dr David Dolowitz, University of Liverpool.

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“One of the major issues academics

will face over the coming years

is how to utilise,

and teach students to utilise,

the Internet in their research”.

Dr David Dolowitz,

University of Liverpool

this session
This session
  • Defining Internet research skills
  • Imperatives for teaching them
  • Approaches and methods
  • Resources
internet research skills
Internet research skills

How to find information online

that is appropriate

for undergraduate coursework

or post graduate theses and dissertations

“Internet information literacy”

helping students to

Identify the key

Internet resources for their course

Avoid the

pitfalls of using the

Internet for research

Search for information

intelligently

Helping students to …
identify key resources
Identify key resources
  • “learning the intellectual norms of the subject domain associated with the production of knowledge”

(Town, S. 2003)

intelligent searching
Intelligent searching
  • The Web delivers diverse materials:
    • Access to scholarly materials (books, journals, official publications, databases)
    • The open Web – vast, disorganized and potentially confusing array of information and resources
pitfall degrading work by using inappropriate sources
Pitfall: Degrading work by using inappropriate sources

“Our students love the Net,

which is OK.

The problem is, they also trust it,

which is not”.

Block, M. (2004). “Gullible's Travels”

pitfall being accused of plagiarism
Pitfall: Being accused of plagiarism
  • Perils of the “copy and paste” culture
  • Perils of not attributing sources correctly

Don’t let the Internet degrade academic work!

part of the ug curriculum
Part of the UG curriculum
  • The QAA Subject Benchmark Statements for Higher Education state that students should develop these skills as part of their degree courses.
    • Finding Internet resources
    • Critical evaluation of information sources
    • Ability to retrieve, manage, and manipulate information by all means, including electronically

example statements from:http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/benchmark/

part of the pg curriculum
Part of the PG curriculum

The Research Councils now include them in the funding conditions for PG student awards. Eg:

“It is expected that students will be given training in web-based research techniques (general web searching, and specific training in using web-based indices) as well as training in the procedures for the evaluation of research …”

ESRC Postgraduate Training Guidelines (2005)

http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/opportunities/postgraduate/pgtrainingpolicy/

student over confidence especially the in the google generation
Student over-confidence- especially the in the “Google Generation”
  • Students express high confidence in their information and Web searching abilities which do NOT translate into quality and critical evaluation in their research results.

Buschmann, J. and Warner, DA. (2004)

are these skills taught
Are these skills taught?

Currently no standard approach.

  • Research methods modules
  • Library induction / information skills
  • Study skills
  • Subject teaching

Markland, M. (2003)

CERLIM Information Research

within research methods
Within Research Methods

Example of a course:

  • “Internet Research Methods” course
    • a first year compulsory research training course
    • a third year requirement for the dissertation

David Dolowtiz at Liverpool University

Example of a text book:

  • “How to do a research project”
    • Includes Internet research skills in “building your research idea / the literature search”

Professor Colin Robson

within information literacy
Within Information Literacy
  • Collaboration between library staff and academic staff can be a useful model for delivering teaching in the area.
in course materials
In course materials
  • Course handbooks
  • Reading Lists
  • VLEs
intute resources
Intute resources …
  • Intute: subject sections
  • Virtual Training Suite
  • Internet Detective
references
References
  • Big Blue Connect - Final Report. 2003. MMU Library Electronic Services Development Team. Available from: http://www.library.mmu.ac.uk/bbconnect/finalreport.html
  • Block, M. 2002. ‘Gullible’s Travels’. Library Journal. Available from: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA210719.html[Accessed Jan 2006].
  • Buschman, J., Warner, D. A. 2005. ‘Researching and Shaping Information Literacy Initiatives in Relation to the Web: Some Framework Problems and Needs', The Journal of Academic Librarianship Volume 31, Issue 1 , Pages 12-18.
  • Dolowitz, D. 2004. ‘Research Training: The Web as a Research Tool’. C-SAP Overview. Available from:

http://www.c-sap.bham.ac.uk/resources/project_reports/overviews/ShowOverview.asp?id=9

  • Dolowitz, D. 2003. ‘The Internet as a Research Tool’. C-SAP Project. Available from:

http://www.c-sap.bham.ac.uk/resources/project_reports/findings/ShowFinding.asp?id=96

  • Herring, D., Herring, S. 2001. ‘Using the World Wide Web for Research: are Faculty Satisfied?' The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp 213-219
  • Markland, M. 2003. ‘Embedding online information resources in Virtual Learning Environments: some implications for lecturers and librarians of the move towards delivering teaching in the online environment’. Information Research, Vol. 8 No. 4, July 2003

http://informationr.net/ir/8-4/paper158.html

  • Sherman, C., Price, G. 2001 ‘The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can’t See’. CyberAge Books (ISBN 0-910965-51-X)
  • Taylor, I. and Rafferty, J. 2003. ‘Integrating research and teaching in social work: building a strong partnership’. Social Work Education. Volume 22, Number 6 / December 2003. 589 - 602