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1 © Boardworks Ltd 2010 1 of 11 Researching Using ICT

2 © Boardworks Ltd 2010 2 of 11 Teacher’s notes included in the Notes Page Flash activity. These activities are not editable. Web addresses Icons key: For more detailed instructions, see the Getting Started presentation Functional Skills check Student task accompanies this slide Printable activity This lesson will cover: Data and information. Using primary and secondary sources. Creating an online survey.

3 © Boardworks Ltd 2010 3 of 11 Data and information Effective research involves gathering as much data as possible so it can be analysed and converted to useful information. What is the difference between data and information?

4 © Boardworks Ltd 2010 4 of 11 Information sources It is important that you use relevant and accurate information. You must also acknowledge the sources that provided the data or information. Information can be gathered from many different sources. You should try to verify the information from another source. Be careful when using the Internet as a source as some websites may be inaccurate.

5 © Boardworks Ltd 2010 5 of 11 Primary sources are sources where the information is captured first-hand. Examples of this could be surveys, interviews, taking photographs or creating your own images and sounds. Secondary sources are sources created by another author. They are not experienced first-hand and often refer to or explain primary sources. For example, encyclopaedias, web pages, and TV programmes are all secondary sources. Primary and secondary sources Sources can be divided into two types. Good research will draw on a wide variety of sources.

6 © Boardworks Ltd 2010 6 of 11 Primary and secondary

7 © Boardworks Ltd 2010 7 of 11 Primary sources

8 © Boardworks Ltd 2010 8 of 11 Creating a fair survey

9 © Boardworks Ltd 2010 9 of 11 Online surveys

10 © Boardworks Ltd 2010 10 of 11 Locating secondary sources Secondary sources include: the Internet newspapers books magazines leaflets someone else’s work. You should make sure you always write down (reference) the name of your information source. Failure to reference sources can result in the infringement of copyright and you may be accused of plagiarism.

11 © Boardworks Ltd 2010 11 of 11 Primary or secondary?


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