Courses | Internet Information Retrieval

Internet Information Retrieval


Today the internet is a great potential source of information and a tool for collaboration, but unless you have the navigational skills to search it effectively, many high-quality information resources will stay buried beneath the vast amount of irrelevant material that makes up the bulk of its content. There is a variety of search tools that will allow you to find the information you are looking for faster and more efficiently. Unfortunately most people are unaware of these tools, and waste valuable hours looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack.

This course will show you how to stop wasting hours online and start searching faster and more effectively.It will provide participants with proficiency in Web-based information retrieval and demonstrate how the information literacy skills they have acquired can be transferred to colleagues or clients and thereby enable them to also search more effectively. Throughout the practical sessions of the workshop, participants will be prompted to assess critically the content of websites they have located.


At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Understand the theory of information searching
  • Understand the nature of the Worldwide Web, including the difference between the “visible” and the “invisible” web
  • More effectively search for information on the Internet and the Worldwide Web, including the ‘deep web’
  • Understand how to select and use general search engines, meta search engines and information gateways according to the characteristics of the type of search to be undertaken
  • Understand how to use advanced search engines, e.g. Google Scholar, JSTOR, search engines designed to search the “Invisible Web”, and to construct advanced search strategies
  • Develop and implement a suitable search plan that would achieve high relevance and precision results
  • Know how to identify and evaluate websites and web-based material for quality and to meet the needs of users
  • Evaluate the quality of information and reliability of information sources discovered in searching
  • Understand the principles of Open Access (OA) and how to make use of it to find appropriate information
  • Learn how to transfer information retrieval knowledge and skills to clients and colleagues

FACILITATORS: Prof Peter Underwood and Dr Gretchen Smith

DURATION OF THE COURSE: 3 or 2 day Workshop.