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Skills I have read and understood the rules on cheating, plagiarism and appropriate referencing as outlined in my handbook and I declare that the work contained in this assignment is my own, unless otherwise acknowledged. Signed: Quam Adeniyi MODULE TITLE: Study Skills MODULE DATE: October 2012 NAME: Quam Adeniyi STUDENT NUMBER: 1265595 PERSONAL TUTOR: Dr Ahmet Er

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Study Skills The Internet is basically countless networks and computer connected to each other around the world. It is accessible to billions of people spread across the globe. The Internet has many applications such as the World Wide Web, E-Mail, Instant messaging and so on. The World Wide Web is a collection of all the websites connected to the Internet around the globe. It is the most effective way of exploring the Internet (ComputerHope, 2012). The Internet is filled with excessive amount of information, so there needs to be an organized way of accessing the information you want. There area a few ways of accessing information on the Internet; Go to the website directly If you have the web address, you can go directly to a website by just entering the URL to your web browser. For example if you are doing a project on Space you can go directly to the NASA website which a lot of information on your topic of interest can be found. Most websites usually include links to other relevant pages, so in order to find more information you can click links until a pages leads you to the information you want. It is also important to identify good quality material. In order to do this you need to know how to read a websites URL. The domain name can help you decide if the information is credible. For example top-level domains such as .edu, .gov, .org are more reliable than commercial domains (.com). The information obtained from toplevel website are reliable information because the source of these information are from highly reputable organizations such as Universities, Government organizations etc. Search Engines A search engine is a program that retrieves information such as documents, files and data from the Internet. This is a website that allows you to type in a keyword or phrase related to the topic of interest, the search engine then lists websites based on the keyword or phrase you typed in. This is one of the fastest and most effective ways of finding information on the Internet. The links the search engine generates are usually listed in ranked order. The most relevant websites are displayed first. The ranking of the list of websites is also judged by number of times a page is selected by other users. Most search engines have an advanced search option for more accurate search result (About, 2012).

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Study Skills The most effective search engine for academic purposes is Google. Google is the biggest search engine database in the world. It uses a more sophisticated search engine technology. Google lists pages according on there criteria, Important, Popularity and Word Proximity. The Google advanced search feature can also be used to refine your search. Another advantage is not only can Google search documents; it can also be used to search for Maps, Images, Books, Videos and much more (De Montfort University, 2012). There is another type of Internet search engine called Meta Search Engine. This type of search engine has the ability to search several search engines simultaneously and presents the results conveniently. Subject Directories Subject directories are great recourses for research. They are listings and directories of information that have been selected by humans. The information is organized into categories and classed by subject making it easy for user to find. The collection of information is usually smaller than that of a search engine due to the fact that it is being evaluated by humans. Directories are useful for academic research purposes since it is often created and maintained by experts in the subject area. The Internet has so many advantages over textbooks for finding information, we often tend to overlook the disadvantages. Finding information on the Internet is very fast and easy and there are countless reliable resources online but you also have to keep in mind that anyone can publish a webpage and no one checks to see if the information is accurate. There are several ways to evaluate websites to know if it is a reliable or accurate source of information. As mentioned before the website URL can tell you if the website is a personal website or an educational website. Secondly, It is necessary to find out if the information you are interested in is up to date, you can do so by checking when the website was last updated, this date is usually placed at the bottom of the page. Thirdly, Looking out for the authors name is another way of identifying reliable information, reliable websites usually identifies who they are, so if there is no author or the author remains anonymous it is usually not a reliable source. Finally you need to look at the accuracy of the information given by looking for repeatedly spell and grammatical errors (University of Edinburgh, 2012).

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Study Skills References About, 2012, Search engines, [Online}, [Accessed 12th October 2012], Available from: http://realestate.about.com/od/sv/g/defsearcheng.htm ComputerHope, 2012, how to find information on the internet [Online}, [Accessed 12th October 2012], Available from: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000082.htm De Montfort University, 2012, How to use the Internet for effective academic research, [Online}, [Accessed 12th October 2012], Available from: http://www.library.dmu.ac.uk/Images/Howto/InternetGuide.pdf Plattsburgh University, 2012, Advantages of different types of resources, [Online}, [Accessed 12th October 2012], Available from: http://www.plattsburgh.edu/files/451/files/Resources.pdf ScientifiAamerican, 2005, seeking better web searches, [Online}, [Accessed 12th October 2012], Available from: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=seeking-better-web-search

TechTerms, 2012, Internet, [Online}, [Accessed 12th October 2012], Available from: http://www.techterms.com/definition/internet University of Edinburgh, 2012, how to evaluate website content, [Online}, [Accessed 12th October 2012], Available from: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/services/librarymuseum-gallery/finding-resources/library-databases/databases-overview/evaluatingwebsites

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