How to find what you want on the Web for Education

  • Some people think of the Web as like a library, full of information – but it’s a “library” where anyone can just walk in with something they’ve written (or made up!) and put it on the shelf, and where the newspapers, books, films and celebrity gossip magazines are all mixed up together. The Web has detailed academic research, opinion pieces, trivia, and outright scams and hoaxes – and you can’t always tell from a quick glance which is which.

    Here are some tips, tutorials and useful places to start searching for good-quality information on the Web for your course.

    Internet tutorials offer practical guidance and tips on searching and evaluating the Internet effectively :

    • Internet for Education: Free online tutorial to help Education students develop their Internet research skills.

    Education gateways are a short cut to finding collections of useful, good quality Web sites relevant to your area. Instead of starting with Google, try these:  

    Evaluating the quality of what you find on the Web and knowing how to reference Web sites are both essential if you're going to use information from the Web in assignments:

    • Internet Detective is a fun online tutorial teaching you how to weigh up “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” in Web resources.
    • Evaluating Web Sources is Brookes Library's own guide to assessing whether a Web site is appropriate to use in your work.
    • How to Reference Web pages : the Library's guidance from Cite Them Right Online (log in with your Brookes details when prompted)