LIBESIS Systematic Information Seeking (1 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Open Science Centre
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


The course provides the students with necessary understanding of information seeking that is relevant both for academic work and also in the working life in expert positions. The students learn for example how to do an information seeking plan that they can use later on in their studies.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student

– is familiar with the basics of systematic information seeking
– is aware of how information seeking relates to the research process and of its significance in academic work
– is able to conduct systematic information seeking in a way that is relevant to the research process
– discerns the difference between everyday information and scientific information
– is able to turn a research topic into concepts and concepts into search terms
– knows how to create search statements
– is familiar with the publication culture in their academic field
– is able to locate and conduct searches using field-specific information sources
– locates information sources on research methods and data
– is capable of assessing and refining search results
– is able to decide how to save references
– understands how referencing is done appropriately and knows how to ethically use information in their work

Additional information

Online course as an independent course or as a part of language and communication studies.

Recommended before the candidate seminar, also later e.g. new degree students in master's programmes.

Degree students at the University of Jyväskylä can take the course as an elective course through Career Services. The course is available several months during autumn and spring semesters.


Description of prerequisites

No prerequisites.

Completion methods

Method 1

To complete the course the student is required to study the course material and turn in an appropriately completed information seeking plan.
Evaluation criteria:
Assessment for the course: pass-fail.
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Parts of the completion methods

Independent study (1 cr)

Independent study
Grading scale:
Pass - fail