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The Essential Guide to Using the Web for Research by Nigel Ford

By Nigel Ford

In recent times, the web has supplied scholars and researchers with exceptional possibilities and a unique set of demanding situations. In his new e-book, Nigel Ford indicates how those possibilities and demanding situations effect on pupil learn initiatives and explains the talents had to navigate the net and use it successfully, emphasizing self sufficient studying and the facility to significantly determine info and rework it into powerful facts.
In connecting those on-line talents to the learn approach, Ford is helping scholars to appreciate and resolution learn questions, build an issue and current their proof. The ebook contains sections on:
• newbie and complex seek techniques
• assessing on-line information
• setting up and storing information
• social networking websites and different on-line tools
• referencing, copyright and plagiarism.

As good as offering the entire easy suggestions scholars have to use the net as a study software, this publication also will support them to transform their on-line findings right into a good established, top of the range learn undertaking.

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When you search, you type words (search terms) into the search box of the search engine, describing what it is you are looking for. These search terms are matched by the search engine with words in its index. Those documents that contain the terms that match your query are the ones that are shown to you. 7. Document 1 Document 2 Document 3 Search engine’s index of keywords found in the documents Your search terms etc. 8). 8 A mismatch between search engine index terms and a user’s search terms As we will see in Chapter 7, search engineers have developed – and are continuing to develop – techniques to lessen this limitation.

This will enable you to obtain a feel for what constitutes a ‘researchable research question’ in terms of appropriate levels of breadth and depth. Planning your assignment Once you have established your goal – the answer to your essay or project question – you can set about devising a plan for how to get there. 3 shows more specifically the processes entailed in putting together your essay or project. g. counter-claims, implications, different perspectives) Extend the overview to integrate and extend your developing argument Explain the details of the new claims and the evidence supporting them ANALYSE THE FACTUAL & PROCEDURAL DETAILS RELATE IDEAS TO SYNTHESISE AN OVERVIEW Identify initial relevant claims that may be useful in building the evidence-based argument that answers the question Discuss your argument in terms of the extent to which it does or does not answer the question.

6,7 SOLO stands for ‘Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes’, and the taxonomy is a model developed by Biggs and Collis to assess different levels of students’ understanding. 3. 6 Biggs, J. and Collis, K. (1982). Evaluating the quality of learning: The SOLO taxonomy. New York: Academic Press. Biggs, J. and Tang, C. (2007). Teaching for quality learning at university (3rd edn). Buckingham: SRHE and Open University Press. 3 The SOLO taxonomy of learning outcomes Level Description Pre-structural Pieces of information are presented in isolation without any unifying structure connecting them.

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