The course consists of five modules: 1) the basics of information retrieval, 2) discipline-specific information retrieval, 3) reference management, 4) publishing and research visibility, 5) research impact assessment and bibliometrics.
Student selects four modules.
1. The basics of information retrieval (self-studying online)
Learning outcomes of the module: Student can analyze his/her research theme in the concept of information retrieval, structure research topic to search terms, formulate search queries and conduct searches in selected databases.
Module content: Selection and formulation of search terms. Search techniques: truncation of search terms (use of wildcard characters), phrases, proximity of search terms, combination of search terms with operators. Basic use of databases: search forms, limiting and modifying searches.
2. Discipline-specific information retrieval (includes contact teaching)
Learning outcomes of the module: Student is familiar with the most important scientific databases of his/her discipline. Student can conduct systematic information searches and stay updated in his/her discipline.
Module content: Information retrieval as a part of the research process. Information retrieval from discipline-specific databases. Assessment of search results. How to set up current information alerting.
3. Reference management (includes contact teaching, also self-study online option)
Learning outcomes of the module: Student can use RefWorks 3 for creating references and bibliographies.
Module content: Creation of a user account. Transfer of a user account from RefWorks 2 to RefWorks 3. Saving of references. Maintenance of saved references (e.g. searching, editing, utilizing folders, removal of duplicates). Reference styles. Addition of references to texts and creation of bibliographies.
4. Publishing and research visibility (self-studying online)
Learning outcomes of the module: Student knows the principles of scientific publication process and is familiar with the doctoral thesis publishing practices at UEF. Student can apply UEF publishing policy in his/her work and is familiar with the publishing alternatives (e.g. open access). Student has perception of the evaluation of the scientific publishing channels. Student understands the significance of research visibility from the perspective of the researcher, science community and society. Student is familiar with common social networking sites for academics and can exploit them for networking and increasing researcher visibility. Student can create and maintain digital researcher ID. Student can follow his/her research visibility and impact online and in social media with altmetric tools.
Module content: The basics of scientific publishing and publication process of a doctoral thesis at UEF. UEF publishing policy. Tools for assessment of scientific publishing channels. The significance of research and researcher visibility. Social networking sites for researchers (e.g. ResearchGate, Academia.edu). Researcher ID (ORCID). Altmetric tools for assessing web-based research visibility and impact.
5. Assessment of research impact and bibliometrics (self-studying online)
Learning outcomes of the module: Student understands the bibliometric terminology and research evaluation based on scientific publications. Student can critically exploit bibliometric methods (e.g. citations, h-index, impact factor) for selecting an appropriate publishing channel and evaluating the research impact.
Module content: Basic concepts of bibliometrics, methods and indicators. Usefulness of bibliometrics at different disciplines. Tools for bibliometric assessment: SoleCris, Publication Forum, Juuli, Journal Citation Reports, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Publish or Perish, University rankings.