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8022020 Research Information Retrieval and Management, 2 Cp 
Code 8022020  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Research Information Retrieval and Management  Abbreviation RESINFO 
Credits2 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeGraduate Studies Subject0000 Undefined 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   GradingFail-Pass 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Library (J,K,S) 

Anna-Kaisa Hartikainen 
Tomi Rosti 

Learning outcomes 

Student is familiar with the most important subject-specific scholarly information sources and has basic skills in systematic information retrieval. Student is able to manage reference process with RefWorks software.

Student has knowledge about the process of scientific publishing and UEF publishing and data policy. Student can use different online tools for increasing research visibility and academic networking. Student can critically assess research impact in social media with altmetric applications.

Student understands the basic concepts of bibliometrics (e.g. citations, h-index, impact factor) and can critically use bibliometric methods for selecting a publishing channel and for assessing research impact.

Student has ability for creating a data management plan and is aware of the principles of managing research data.


The course consists of six 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, 6) research data management.

Student selects four modules.


1. The basics of information retrieval (self-study 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-study 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, Researcher ID (ORCID). Altmetric tools for assessing web-based research visibility and impact.

5. Assessment of research impact and bibliometrics (self-study 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.

6. Research data (self-study online)

Learning outcomes of the module: Student has ability for creating a data management plan according to the guidelines of the funder and UEF. Student is familiar with the principles of research data management (e.g. UEF data policy, licenses) and is aware of national and international research data repositories.

Module content: Creation of data management plan with DMPTuuli-tool. UEF data policy. Basics of licenses. Research data repositories.

Modes of study 

Accepted assignments of the selected modules.

Teaching methods 

The course consists of six modules from which student optionally selects four modules (Please, enroll yourself to four modules in WebOodi). Modules 1, 4, 5 and 6 are self-studying online. Module 2 contain contact teaching online (Teams/Zoom meeting). Flipped classroom teaching method is applied to module 3, and this module can be completed by participating in contact teaching or by self-studying online. The course is possible to conduct 100 % self-studying online by the module selections.

Contact teaching: Module 2: Discipline-specific information retrieval 3 h, Module 3: Reference management 3 h.  If you want to register to these modules, please select one contact teaching session / module.

Study materials 

Study material is freely available online:

Study material is in English.

You will get a link and enrolment key to Moodle study platform after the teacher has accepted your registration in WebOodi. You need to complete the compulsory study assignments in Moodle.

Evaluation criteria 



Kaisa Hartikainen, Marja Kuittinen, Tomi Rosti


The web-learning environment is open 1.9.2020–15.6.2021. During the academic year 2020-21 contact teaching sessions are organized as online meetings (Teams/Zoom) in Finnish and in English. See the schedules when enrolling to the modules.

Key words 

information retrieval, reference management, publishing, researcher visibility, altmetrics, research impact, bibliometrics, research data


Joensuu, Kuopio

Further information 

Learning material is in English. Contact teaching groups are organized in Finnish and in English. The course is NOT aimed at master's degree students.

The themes of open science are included in the modules 4 (Publishing and research visibility) and 6 (Research data management) of this course. Please, notice that open science can also be studied in the UEF Doctoral School's course Basics of Open and Responsible Science: Open Access Publishing and Research Data (8022040, 2 cp).


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
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