Information Services

New 'Internet for Social Statistics' tutorial

A new edition of the free 'Internet for Social Statistics' online tutorial in the Virtual Training Suite is now available.

The tutorial, which teaches Internet research skills, has been completely updated by Anne Donnelly and Robin Rice of the Data Library, and has four main sections:

  • Tour – focuses on the academic information landscape on the Internet to give students a mental map of the key scholarly sources for their subject.
  • Discover – offers guidance on how to find scholarly information online, choosing the right search tool, and developing a search strategy.
  • Judge – discusses how critical thinking can improve the quality of online research and provides guidance on judging Internet resources.
  • Success – gives practical examples of students using the Internet for research – successfully and unsuccessfully.

Students can use the tutorial for selfdirected, learning, and lecturers and librarians can list it as a resource in course handbooks, VLEs and websites to support courses in research methods, information literacy and study skills.

This is just one of over 60 tutorials in the Virtual Training Suite, a national service authored by UK lecturers and librarians:

http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/tutorial/socialstatistics/

Internet for Social Statistics

Intute Virtual Training Suite

Item first published September 2010.