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November 08, 2006

Intute - new Internet tutorials released

I've always had a soft spot for the Virtual Training Suite of Internet information literacy tutorials.  In my view this was one of the best things to come out of the JISC-funded Resource Discovery Network (now Intute) though, to be honest, I preferred the VTS's previous name - Internet Detective.  It's good therefore to see the service announcing a programme of new and updated tutorials:

Intute has released a number of new Internet tutorials for the Arts and Humanities, in the Virtual Training Suite this term.  The following tutorials have been completely updated and revised:

Internet Archaeologist
By Stuart Jeffrey, Archaeology Data Service/AHDS Archaeology, University of York.

Internet for Historians
By staff from the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Internet for Modern Languages
By Dr. Shoshannah Holdom, University of Oxford

Internet for Performing Arts
By Jez Conolly, Drama Subject Librarian, University of Bristol

Internet for Religious Studies
By Dr. Meriel Patrick, Oxford University

Internet Philosopher
By Kathy Behrendt, D.Phil, University of Oxford

This the the first stage of a major programme of change to update and revise all the tutorials in the Virtual Training Suite over the coming year.  A national network of expert authors is being commissioned to re-write the content of each tutorial to bring it in line with recent Internet developments and to ensure the tutorials continue to offer authoritative and timely advice on Internet research for over 60 subjects.

The recommended lists of key Internet resources are being completely updated; there is new advice on Internet searching, with improved interactive exercises; and a new section called "Success Stories" in each tutorial to illustrate how the Internet can be used effectively to support education and research.

Good stuff!


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