The days have long passed when students had to thumb through the card catalogue at their local library to do research for their projects. This activity is now predominantly carried out online.

The Learning Online: Searching and Researching free online course is designed to improve your online research skills and your ability to critically analyse sources of information.

About the course

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’. You can sign up to the other courses in this series through the Going to University collection.

In this course, you’ll explore the rich and diverse range of information available to you online, how to use search tools effectively, and the ways in which you can begin to assess information that you might want to use in your studies. Using a wide range of learning activities, you will be challenged to dig deeper and think critically about the information that you find online.

Aimed at prospective students both in the UK and internationally, the online courses provide a ‘taster’ of study at the University of Leeds. This course is part of a collection from the University of Leeds which has been specifically designed for those studying at school or college. All of the courses will help to enrich and extend your knowledge in a specific topic and develop transferable skills. These courses will help you with making decisions about which subject to study at university and will give you examples and support when developing your university application.

The courses benefit from being shaped by the latest research from the University of Leeds and are presented by leading academics who are actively engaged in pioneering research. They will inspire students to think critically and develop their knowledge and analytical skills.

The course can be used as a wider classroom or enrichment resource or can be used independently by students to discover more about the subject area. Each course provides flexible study and benefits from online discussions with other learners.


No previous knowledge is required, just an interest in being able to discover and evaluate information online. If you are new to learning online you will find it helpful to join Learning Online: Learning and Collaborating prior to joining this course.

What you will learn

Throughout the course you will be one of a community of online learners, providing an opportunity for interactive learning with other students both in the UK and internationally.

Each course is designed to complement your existing studies and aims to:

  • provide support for UCAS applications and prepare you for university
  • help you to gain new skills, think critically and learn independently
  • encourage online / social learning
  • develop collaboration and analytical skills
  • embed current research into your online learning

Starting date: 3 October, 2016

Duration: 2 weeks, 2 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors: Raphael Hallett, Angela Newton

InstitutionUniversity of Leeds