Researching

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Searching for information

In this online information literacy module you will learn how to:

  • analyse a topic and develop a search strategy to find relevant information
  • identify the main resources for information used in academic study
  • use search techniques to effectively find information in these resources

Evaluating information sources

In this online information literacy module, you will learn the necessary skills to critically evaluate information at any learning stage.By the end of this module you should know:

  • what to look for when selecting material for your work
  • if the information will be relevant to your needs.

Ethical use of information

In this online information literacy module, you will learn to avoid plagiarism by appropriately citing sources and knowing how and when to give credit for information and ideas taken from others. You will also learn about:

  • respecting intellectual property rights and copyright
  • respecting ownership of knowledge
  • respecting the privacy of certain information
  • using appropriate language

New Zealand information sources

This online information literacy module is composed of two sections. The first section provides a series of real-life scenarios, following 7 individuals as they search for specific information.

The second section is a selection of websites and online resources that have been found whilst researching the scenarios. The list is by no means exhaustive, but is an indication of the amount of information that is out there, readily available in a wide variety of subject areas.

Pasifika information sources

This online information literacy module allows the user to select from a number of possible options relating to Pasifika contexts. Suggestions are offered regarding

  • where to go
  • who to ask
  • what is available

Workshops

For more information, and to register, see the SLC workshops page.

Summarising and paraphrasing

Learn the skills necessary to paraphrase, summarise, and avoid plagiarism in your essay and report writing. This workshop will look at how to take information from other authors and present it in an original way whilst acknowledging the source of the material.

Writing a literature review for a thesis

Turning the results of a literature search into a concise, well-structured, well-argued literature review for a thesis chapter is always a challenge. This workshop suggests a series of practical steps to make the planning and writing process far more manageable and successful.