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Library Training Services: Look for and find

LOOK FOR AND FIND - Information sources in your own field 

There are things you cannot find with Google!

Students cannot steer through higher education with Google searches alone. A large amount of professional information is stored in commercial databases not freely available online.

The target with 'Look for and find' courses is to teach students about information sources in their own field, how to retrieve information from these sources and how to evaluate search results. Libraries offer a variety of courses to students in different fields.

  • Learn about professional information sources - business, culture and technology students
  • Find English-language professional information sources - technology students
  • Information sources in support of development work - health care and social services students

Look for and find - Researching is like shopping

Etsi ja löydä - kaupasta ja kirjastosta

Learn about professional information sources 

For whom

Business, culture and technology students.

Learning target

Students will learn different types of information sources in their professional field, retrieve information from these sources and evaluate the information critically from various viewpoints. Google is a good search engine. But higher education students must also use professional information sources that are not freely available to all on the Internet. Do you want to know what information sources are available in your field?

Content

The training focuses on the acquisition of professional information and the key information source types in your professional field. Students receive guidance on how to search information on a subject related to their professional field to enable them to continue searching independently.

Duration

90 - 120 min

When to take this training

Semesters 1–4

Method

Carried out in cooperation with professional subject education. Students must have a topic in their own professional field on which they search information from various sources. Consists of a lecture and practical guidance for information searches.

This training is part of an introduction project for first-year technology students in the spring term.

Find English-language professional information sources 

For whom

Technology students

Learning target

Students will learn to retrieve information from English-language sources in their professional field and use the information with a critical eye.

Content

Importance of search words in information retrieval. Students will make a concept map of their chosen topic. The training focuses on the library databases and Google Scholar. The objective is to find at least two useful books and articles (printed or electronic). An information specialist will assist, among other things, in the selection and use of a database, while the English teacher will help with the language.

Duration

90–120 min

When to take this training

Semester 5 or 6

Method

Interactive workshop in cooperation with language and communication or professional subject courses. Students must have an assignment in their own professional field for which they search English-language information independently from various sources. The assignment can preferable be related to both communication and the professional subject. The lecturer's presence and active participation is recommended.

Information sources in support of development work 

For whom

Health care and social services students The principles of conducting research must already be clear to the students before the workshop. They must know, for example, the difference between original research and review articles.

Learning target

Students are able to identify the key information sources in their field and search and locate various types of material: research articles, reviews, care recommendations etc. The students will learn the basics of database searching which will help them to continue searching independently.

Content

Importance of structuring the topic/assignment and of search words in information retrieval, basic information retrieval techniques, locating and evaluating articles. An introduction to the key databases and learning to use them in practice.

Duration

90–120 min. Can be divided into two sessions if necessary.

When to take this training

Semesters 1–3

Method

Interactive workshop in cooperation with professional subject courses. Students must have an assignment/project in their own professional field for which they search information from various sources. Lecturer's presence is recommended.

Arrange a training session

Get in contact with an information specialist to book a training session.

Contact information

Give us time to prepare a training session for you.

Can't find anything suitable? 

If none of the standard training sessions suitable for you, please see Tailored sessions.

What students say about the training?

"It was really useful for me to find the fact that information retrieval skill is crucial part of academic school years."

"It was very informative and I learned all the essential skills to start researching on my own."

"I got familiar with some databases which provide a lot information and are quite easy in use."

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