|Finding information, establishing its quality and managing it are important skills when dealing with digital information.|
Effective searching for information gives fast access to existing and new work within subject areas. It involves identifying search criteria and appropriate resources (e.g. journals, books, blogs) to search, as well as keeping up to date through using social media that allow academics to follow the research of other academics.
- The Finding and Using Information subject guide
- The University’s Subject Specific Resources
- The Finding Information and Keeping up to date pages
- Using ORCID, ResearchGate and Academia.edu
Critically evaluating online information means establishing its quality, for example questioning the credentials of the author. This is important in an online context as material published digitally does not have the same checks and restrictions to publication that exist for books and journals.
- How to evaluate information on the Finding and Using Information subject guide
There are a number of tools that enable you to manage information from web pages, documents, or even ideas you may have had. These organise the information into a system that allows you to retrieve it easily when you need to.
- Talis Aspire the online reading list system, allows you to collect resources you encounter then organise and share them with students
- Microsoft OneNote allows you to make notes (e.g. ideas, pictures, action points), organise them under categories, and also share with others. Ideas for using OneNote are explored in LinkedIn Learning.
If you are collecting your own primary data, or want to collect feedback, you can take advantage of the university’s subscription to Jisc Online Surveys, formerly known as Bristol Online Surveys (BOS). This service allows you create, share and manage your surveys and all data is stored in the UK so it complies with schedule 8 of the Data Protection Act.