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Information searching studies: In the curriculum

About information searching

Information searching in your studies and beyond

The ability to locate, search, and use information is one of the key competencies that you are expected to master as you graduate from Tampere Universities. Information searching skills are a central factor throughout your studies, and you will be able to develop and deepen your existing skills at various points during your studies. All information searching studies have been designed to support you, both in your studies and in working life as a part of lifelong learning.

Information searching is integrated into the curriculum.

PLEASE NOTE that in 2020-2021, classes may be held remotely (via Zoom) or replaced with independent study (a Moodle course) due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19. Follow the instructions you receive, or contact the Library: library@tuni.fi

Information searching studies integrated into courses

Studies at Tampere University

Tampere University Library offers information searching studies on all three campuses. See your campus below to read more on teaching in your subject.

Studies at Hervanta campus

Studies at Kauppi and city centre campus

Studies at TAMK

Information searching studies at TAMK are part of the curriculum.

Read more in your curriculum

Information searching studies

Information searching studies is integrated into the curriculum at  various points in your studies.

You can find the general content of  the teaching below:

First-year students

  • Library resources supporting studies, remote access 
  • Basics of information searching 
  • Ethical use of information and basics of reference management 
  • Open science as a concept 
  • Information literacy and information searching skills as study skills.

Bachelor's degree students

  • Understanding the information searching process, information searching plan 
  • The most important Finnish and international sources of information of their field 
  • The techniques and strategies of information seeking 
  • Evaluating the search results 
  • Open access materials as part of the thesis (certain fields of study) 
  • Basics of good scientific practice and ethical conduct 

New  students in international master's degree programmes

Learning objectives: The student will know how to use the library services, locate field-specific library sources and seek information efficiently. The student will be able to evaluate their search findings and cite them correctly in their studies.

  • Library services
  • Basics of information retrieval 
  • Locating printed and electronic resources at the library, remote access
  • How to use information ethically (citing, avoiding plagiarism)
  • Open science and research

Master's degree students

  • Systematic information retrieval in master’s studies: parsing your topic, applying a search strategy, using a search diary, literature review
  • Field-specific information sources
  • Evaluating information sources, following citations
  • Ethical use of information in your thesis
  • The advantages of open access publishing for your studies, data management

Information searching studies learning outcomes and contents at TAMK

Information searching studies is integrated into the curriculum at  various points in your studies.

Library services and resources (First-year students 2 hours)

Learning outcomes

The student is familiar with the Library services, is able to locate the resources they need, and search for information from these resources.

Contents

  • Library services and resources, remote access
  • Basics of information retrieval
     

Basics of information searching (2 hours)

Learning outcomes

The student will recognize relevant vocational and scientific sources in their field and use them in order to search information efficiently. The student can evaluate and use information sources ethically.

Contents

  • The most important Finnish and international sources of information of their field
  • Understanding the information searching process, information searching plan
  • The techniques and strategies of information seeking
  • Evaluating the search results
  • Basics of good scientific practice, reference management and following citing rules
  • Open science as a concept
     

Systematic information searching (Bachelor's / research studies 2 hours)

Learning outcomes

The student will be able to name specific information sources in their field and systematically search for information. The student can evaluate information critically and use it ethically during their studies and afterwards.

Contents

  • Using the most important Finnish and international sources of information of their field of study
  • Systematic information searching: parsing your topic, applying a search strategy
  • Evaluating information sources
  • Ethical use of information
  • Open access resources

 

Information searching in the Master's Programmes and TAOK
Learning outcomes

The student will be able to name specific information sources in their field of study and systematically search for information. The student can evaluate information critically and use it ethically as a part of a thesis, during their studies and afterwards.

Contents

  • Systematic information retrieval in master’s studies: parsing your topic, applying a search strategy, documenting searches, literature review
  • Field-specific information sources
  • Evaluating information sources, following citations
  • Ethical use of information
  • The advantages of open access publishing for your studies, data management, Alternative Access