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Information search and use techniques

Information search and use techniques  Information search and use techniques
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Interdisciplinary Learning CoursesInformation search and use techniques

Information sets us free only if it is true

Knowing how to find and use information properly, avoiding the dangers of misinformation, has become an increasingly necessary skill in a hyper-connected world. Not only for adequate professional development in all areas, but also to achieve a vision and interpretation of the reality in which we live. It is often said that information sets us free, since it allows us to choose, but the overabundance of alleged information that currently circulates at high speed through innumerable channels can also lead to the chaos of misinformation.

In this context, truthful, rigorous and useful information has become a precious asset that must be distinguished in the vast ocean of communication. Learning to find and differentiate this information, as well as to use it properly, is what this subject proposes through a participatory, reflective and practical methodology.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop proper techniques for searching and using information.
  • Learn to differentiate rigorous, useful and truthful information from erroneous, biased or superficial information.
  • Generate strategies to defend ourselves from the dangers of misinformation.
  • Acquire a basic media culture that serves us both for professional and social development.
  • Foster our own and reflective vision of reality based on the information that we choose to receive and disseminate.

Contents of the Subject

Information search and use techniques

  • 1.- Presentation of the subject, the professor and the students.
  • 2.- What we understand by information. Concept and current approach.
  • 3.- Information and communication in a hyper-connected world.
  • 4.- The dangers of misinformation.
  • 5.- Search strategies for truthful information: contrast, confirm and verify.
  • 6.- The sources of information. How to find and identify them by their value.
  • 7.- The reference to the sources, attributions and citations.
  • 8.- Activity.
  • 9.- The narratives of the informative message.
  • 10.- Information in the media.
  • 11.- Information and misinformation on the Internet: social networks, websites, blogs...
  • 12.- Fact-checking platforms and verification systems.
  • 13.- Search and use of theoretical, scientific, cultural and academic information.
  • 14.- Exhibition of activities.
  • 15.- Closing session.


Montse Morata Professor of Information search and use techniques

Montse Morata

Bachelor's Degree and PhD in Journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid. In her doctoral thesis, Extraordinary Doctorate Prize, she carried out the first international research on the journalism of writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. For a year she was a visiting researcher at the Center d ’histoire de Sciences Po in Paris.
She is the author of the book Aviones de papel, the first biography of Saint-Exupéry published in Spain, Finalist of the 2nd Biographies and Memoirs Prize of the Stella Maris publishing house.
She has extensive professional experience as a journalist in frontline written and audiovisual media. She has worked at the Europa Press news agency, print press and television. In recent years, she has participated in prominent radio programs and has collaborated with El País, ABC, Letras Libres and FronteraD, among others.
As a teacher and disseminator, she has given seminars at several universities, as well as writing courses, lectures and interdisciplinary conferences.
She is currently a professor at the Nebrija Institute of Professional Competences, of Journalistic Writing at the Complutense University of Madrid, and is part of the FACCTMedia research project, funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation within the National R+D+I Plan, dedicated to the study of accountability instruments against misinformation.