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Professional Development Workshops: Effective Online Searching

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Claire Joanna Twose
Claire Twose

Would you like to be able to quickly and efficiently find reliable, high quality evidence to support your work?

Introduces and explores online sources for finding high-quality, full-text research articles. Also prepares students to use advanced search techniques efficiently within these sources and to manage references using tools such as RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley. Finally, students learn about tools available to use to stay current on topics related to the public health field.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify online sources for finding high-quality literature and data
  2. Evaluate websites and research studies to ensure that they are reliable and of high-quality
  3. Apply advanced search techniques to efficiently locate relevant articles from bibliographic databases
  4. Explain the role that open access plays in the scholarly environment
  5. Use online tools to store and manage references
  6. Identify online tools to use when establishing yourself as a professional in the field
Methods of Assessment:

Assignments: 60%, Final project: 20%, Article discussions: 15%,
Participation: 5%

Enrollment Restriction:

Enrollment in this course is restricted to students enrolled in an OPAL degree or certificate program.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required