Conducting Accurate Internet Research

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This course will teach you how to conduct accurate Internet research.




About the Course

As the Internet grows, it becomes more challenging to find the correct information from a reliable source in a timely manner. As a research expert, Gary Price puts it, "The haystack is growing and finding the needles takes more time and requires greater skill." This course will teach you how to conduct accurate Internet research by creating a search plan, searching both the surface web and the deep web, and staying organized. You will also learn how to think critically and find the best sources for your Internet search.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced; you decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Practice activities
  • Quizzes
  • Reference materials
  • Final assessment

Course Chapters

  • Creating a Search Plan
  • Searching the Surface Web
  • Diving into the Deep Web
  • Searching for Multimedia
  • Assessing Research Sites
  • Staying Organized

Course Objectives

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe why Internet research skills are important.
  • Create an Internet search plan.
  • Search the surface web and the deep web using a variety of tools.
  • Assess the credibility and validity of a website.
  • Cite sources and avoid plagiarism.

Recommended Background

This course has no required pre-requisites and is designed for anyone who wants to improve their Internet research skills.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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