Digital Research


Suitable for: Year 7 - 13

Available: Monday - Friday

Length: Full day (10 - 3pm)

Group size: minimum 10, maximum 20 for Year 7 - 9

            minimum 10, maximum 30 for Year 10 - 13

Subject and Key Skills

Online Research, Information Literacy, Critical Thinking and Enquiry Skills for Humanities subjects

Workshop outline

Digital Research develops online research skills through an enquiry-led session.

Students will begin by developing a research question inspired by an object in the British Library’s collection. By investigating this object, they will be led through a series of research activities all of which will assist in developing their critical thinking, information literacy and enquiry skills. Tasks will include the effective use of search engines, how to assess the reliability of online content, and a discussion on copyright and plagiarism issues. Having undertaken their research, the second part of the day will give students the opportunity to produce an output (for example a film, website or animation) which they feel will most effectively communicate their findings.

The session will take place in the Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre using laptops, an interactive whiteboard and other digital resources. Please note that, as with all our workshops, we’re unable to take groups into the Reading Rooms.

The students will be able to apply the skills developed in this session to project work, coursework, essay writing and the Extended Project Qualification.

This session is also available as:

  • An INSET for school librarians, teachers and trainee teachers. Digital Research can be booked alone or as part of our full day INSET package.

For more information about INSETs, please email or complete the booking form below.

Pre-visit activities

  • Before your visit, ask students to think of 2-3 websites they have used for school work or research. What was useful about each? What could have made them better?

Post-visit activities

  • After your visit, you will be emailed a pack with information on the resources used in the session and suggestions for other tools your students can use. Explore these in the classroom to expand students’ research and further improve their presentation skills.

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