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About this book

This friendly guide introduces students to the world of blogs, wikis, podcasts and much more, and shows them how to optimise their web skills to boost their grades. It provides practical guidance on utilising a range of web-based technologies, including microblogs, vodcasts and RSS feeds, with lively illustrations and examples throughout. Clear examples demonstrate how to search using Google Scholar, map information with blogs and wikis and tag bookmarks.

This is an invaluable resource for students of all subject areas and levels.

Table of Contents

1. What is the internet, anyway?

Abstract
The internet connects computers all over the world.
Andy Pulman

2. An information overload

Abstract
The world of technology is in a constant state of flux. You have access to a wide range of different resources with information made available to you in many different locations and formats. Books, magazines, newspapers, television, CDs, DVDs, mobile phones, MP3 players and the internet all offer you a huge choice.
Andy Pulman

3. Good manners when communicating — the world of netiquette

Abstract
Communicating via email or in a discussion forum is very different from speaking to someone face to face. Meanings are conveyed through typed words, so you cannot see people nod their heads or laugh or frown.
Andy Pulman

4. Beautiful and beastly blogs

Abstract
A blog is a method of publishing information online, similar to keeping a journal and writing entries. A blog can provide a continuous up-to-date view of somebody’s work, ideas, activities, progress, development or whatever they are interested in talking about.
Andy Pulman

5. Wonderful and woeful wikis

Abstract
A wiki is a group of webpages that allows users to add content but which also permits others (sometimes without restriction) to edit that content.
Andy Pulman

6. Perfect podcasts and really super RSS

Abstract
A podcast is an audio file that can be downloaded from a web source onto your computer, MP3 player or mobile phone.
Andy Pulman

7. The art of searching, finding and assessing information

Abstract
Searching for information is an essential part of studying. Wherever you are working, you will want to make sensible decisions so that you make the task of identifying and searching for information easier and quicker for yourself.
Andy Pulman

8. The literature review process: a short but lovely overview

Abstract
The aim of a literature review is to show your reader that you have read, and have a good understanding of, the main published work concerning a question or topic. There is not enough room in this book to cover a full literature review so we will be looking at the first two stages of the process.
Andy Pulman

The end bit — coda

Abstract
Not everything discussed in this book will be useful to you, and it might be that using some of these tools for study won’t work for you. Even so, don’t get depressed or frustrated or worry if you don’t understand or can’t use the suggestions in here.
Andy Pulman
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