The Brief

The Brief

Welcome to Internet Detective - a free online tutorial that will help you develop Internet research skills for your university and college work. The tutorial looks at the critical thinking required when using the Internet for research and offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of web sites.

Who is the tutorial for?

It’s designed to help students in higher and further education who want to use the Internet to help with research for coursework and assignments.

What does the tutorial cover?

The tutorial is divided into the following sections:

  • What's the Story? – understand the advanced Internet skills required for university and college work.
  • The Good the Bad and the Ugly – see why information quality is an issue on the web, especially for academic research. Learn how to avoid time wasting on Internet searching, scams and hoaxes.
  • Detective Work – get hints and tips that help to critically evaluate the information you find on the Internet.
  • Get On the Case – try out your Internet Detective skills with these practical exercises.
  • Keep the Right Side of the Law – be warned about plagiarism, copyright and citation.

What does the tutorial involve?

You can work through the whole tutorial by selecting the next button at the bottom of each screen, or use the table of contents in the left margin to skip to a section.

The tutorial will take around an hour to complete, but you can do it in more than one sitting.

If you get stuck use the "HELP at the top of the page. ".

OK, let's get on the case!

Link to: Home Link to: What's the Story?