Information Literacy

Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner. The IRC conducts information literacy training so as to empower users on how to make good use of the resources.

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Search Skills and strategies

Electronic sources hold vast amounts of information which may be relevant to your research. Effective search skills will help you to quickly locate the information you require and avoid the frustration of being overwhelmed by hundreds or thousands of irrelevant search results.

Below are other relevant links on information literacy with skills on how to improve your literature search and research process:

  • A short published article on organizing and managing your research                                                           Effective literature searching in Google and PubMed (Document)
  • A comprehensive training module by Research4life on internet searching                                                Research4life e-resource & Internet searching training module
  • A short guide on becoming systematically creative about how to search the literature.                                          How to become a literature searching ninja
  • A presentation on online research literature identification and searching skills                                                     How to conduct a literature search
  • A short presentation by Research4life on internet searching, information seeking strategies and few exercises to evaluate your understanding                                                                                                    Information Literacy Powerpoint from Research4Life
  • An online tutorial, that guides researchers to be able to (efficiently) identify and use the most appropriate resources for their teaching and research needs.                                                                                            University of Cranfield Online information literacy tutorial
  • A short video on how to use key features to find information from the science direct e-resource database                                                                                                                                                                        Getting Started with Science Direct (video)
  • A short intoduction video to Scopus - the largest abstract and citation database of peer reviewed literature     Getting Started with Scopus (video)
  • A short presentation on internet searching and evaluating websites                                                                 Internet Searching and Evaluating Websites (PowerPoint presentation)