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.
Business, culture and technology students.
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?
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.
90 - 120 min
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.
Students will learn to retrieve information from English-language sources in their professional field and use the information with a critical eye.
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.
Semester 5 or 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
90–120 min. Can be divided into two sessions if necessary.
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.
"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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