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4: Managing Information


It is a less common expression now, but in the past students might say that they were, “reading for a degree in …” when asked what they were studying.

This usage of the word developed because the reading of printed sources, mainly text books, was such an important part of degree level study. It still is, but today the range of sources available to students since the mid 1990s has broadened considerably with the expansion of electronic communication, and information on any topic can now be readily heard, seen, watched, as well as read.

For this reason, selecting and evaluating information is an essential skill for success in higher education today.

Contents of this section

Unit 1: Selecting Information

This unit looks at the differences between primary and secondary sources and how you discriminate between them.

Unit 2: Managing Information

The differences between note-taking and note-making are discussed and you will be introduced to a range of techniques for recording the sources of evidence for revision and course work purposes.

Unit 3: Questioning Information

Higher education students are expected to be questioning of evidence, and not just passively accept it as 'fact'.  This unit will introduce you to an effective technique for asking the right questions of any theory or idea that you encounter.