Needle in a haystack?

To avoid looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack, developing skills to use advanced search methods will save you time and help you find what you’re looking for.

This learning pathway focuses on using online search strategies to find, evaluate and select OER and Open Access resources to support your learning. Learners taking LiDA101 for academic credit will first need to choose a topic for study, an area of personal interest, to research in preparation for writing the analytical essay that you will submit as the assignment for this course.



On successful completion of this learning pathway, you will be able to:

  • Discuss your proposed topic of research interest.
  • Apply advanced search skills for more productive online searches.
  • Implement advanced database searches on a number of open repositories to source OER and open access research publications.
  • Evaluate the reliability and credibility of resources you find online for academic purposes.
  • Adopt and use citation management software to support your academic work.
  • Publish an annotated bibliography online using the APA reference format with the help of your citation management tool.