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The Internet: Your Research Library - Newcastle University, 27/01/99

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 Netskills Workshop:  
The Internet: Your Research Library 
 Using efficient search methods to locate quality information 
and research resources on the Internet    

9:30 - 4:30 Wednesday 27th January 1999  Newcastle University

The Internet, encompassing tools such as the World Wide Web, 
provides the infrastructure for the current information 
revolution. Information networked worldwide using the Internet
offers research and information-seeking possibilities previously 
unimaginable. The quantity of information available, 24 hours 
every day, to the desktop provides a huge addition to the 
traditional research library - sometimes called the
"Information Super-Library". The Internet is becoming 
increasingly important in the modern research environment,
particularly with the use of multimedia formats and the 
production of electronic journals. However, the ease of 
publication on the Internet can bring problems, such as a
reduction in quality and a feeling of information overload. 

This workshop aims to provide you with the skills you need 
to use this new wealth of information efficiently and reliably.
While many services at first glance easy to use, many users 
find them frustrating and ineffective. Advanced features often 
provide the user with efficient techniques and therefore enhanced
results. The workshop will also look at current and future 
developments in the use of information services and searching 
tools. 
It is suitable for researchers and academics from any discipline, 
librarians and computing service staff. 

 Workshop Content: 
The workshop will comprise presentations, demonstrations and 
hands-on sessions with opportunities for questions and discussion. 
Participants will each receive a workbook which contains workshop 
exercises, presentation slides and other relevant materials.

Topics covered will include:

 *   Internet versus more traditional information resources  
 *   efficient searching methods and strategies  
 *   a comparison of search engines  
 *   advanced searching techniques  
 *   effective use of a Web browser  
 *   use of Metadata  
 *   information quality and academic issues 
 *   electronic journals 
 *   future developments 

By the end of the workshop participants will have: 

 *   investigated different types of Web-based information service 
 *   examined advanced techniques used in information seeking 
 *   used Boolean operators to perform Web searches 
 *   developed searching strategies 
 *   an awareness of the importance of Metadata 
 *   investigated quality issues related to Web-based information 
    such as accuracy and currency  

Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss issues such as:

 *   intellectual property rights 
 *   Internet publishing 
 *   information overload  
 *   changing patterns in research  

Workshop Requirements:

Participants need no special technical skills and no 
previous knowledge of the Internet; however basic computer 
skills such as using a mouse and keyboard are essential, and 
experience of using Microsoft Windows to open and save files 
and open and close applications e.g. a word processor, would 
be helpful. 

The cost of the workshop is 99 pounds for participants from higher
education. Other participants should contact Netskills for the relevant
fees.
Note: Costs include lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea. 

Those wanting to learn more about writing Web pages may be 
interested in attending the popular Netskills workshop 
<A HREF="http://www.netskills.ac.uk/events/descriptions/auth.html">Authoring on the WWW</A>.
For more information about Netskills workshops, including  
online booking forms, look at the Netskills event pages on the World 
Wide Web at:
 http://www.netskills.ac.uk/workshops/ 

or contact Netskills directly by email: 

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or by Fax: 

0191 222 5001

or leave a request for booking forms on the bookings hotline:

0191 222 5008




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