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Conducting Accurate Internet Research

Recommended Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Overview

Self Paced Foundation Short Courses

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 course will teach you how to conduct accurate Internet research by creating a search plan, searching both the surface web and the deep web, and staying organized. You will also learn how to think critically and find the best sources for your Internet search.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe why Internet research skills are important
  • Create a search plan
  • Identify what resources are the most appropriate for your search
  • Search the surface web and the deep web using a variety of tools
  • Assess the credibility and validity of a website
  • Organize research notes
  • Cite sources and avoid plagiarism

Course Outline

  1. Course Overview
  2. Creating a Search Plan
    • Key Elements of a Search Plan
    • Getting Focused
  3. Searching the Surface Web
    • What is a Search Engine?
    • Building a Keyword List
    • Step-By-Step Searching Guide
    • Performing an Advanced Search
    • Searching for Quick Facts
    • Internet Scavenger Hunt
    • Debrief
  4. Diving Into the Deep Web
    • About the Deep Web
    • Making Connections
  1. Searching for Multimedia
    • Search Techniques
    • Making Connections
  2. Assessing Research Sites
    • Analyzing Your Sources
    • Making Connections
    • Checking Your Facts
  3. Staying Organized with Research Tools
  4. Citing Sources
  5. Personal Action Plan
  6. Recommended Reading List
  7. Post-Course Assessment

This course has been recognized by the following professional bodies as a recognized continuous professional development activity for their members:

Australian Natural Therapy Association (ANTA)

Acupuncture and Complementary Medicine Association of Australasia (ACMAA)