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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 

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 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.

Student has online tools for increasing research visibility and academic networking. Student can critically assess research impact in social media with altmetric applications.


The course consists of seven modules: 1) the basics of information retrieval, 2) discipline-specific information retrieval, 3) reference management, 4) publishing, 5) research impact assessment and bibliometrics, 6) research data, 7) researcher visibility, networking and altmetrics. Student selects at least four modules.


1. The basics of information retrieval (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)

Learning outcomes of the module: Student can use RefWorks 3 for creating references and bibliographies. Student has basic knowledge about Mendeley reference management software.

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. Demonstration of Mendeley reference management tool.

4. Publishing (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.

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.

5. Assessment of research impact and bibliometrics (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. Student can assess research activity and impact with SciVal program.

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, SciVal, University rankings.

6. Research data (includes contact teaching)

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 archives.

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

7. Researcher visibility, networking and altmetrics (online)

Learning outcomes of the module: 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 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.


Modes of study 

Accepted tasks of the selected modules.

Teaching methods 

The course consists of seven modules, from which student optionally selects at least four modules. Supervised studying of all the modules is not necessary but recommended if the student finds his/her knowledge of the module contents inadequate. Modules 1, 4, 5 and 7 are conducted online. Modules 3 and 6 are carried out by the flipped classroom teaching method containing contact teaching (Skype/classroom). Also module 2 contains a contact teaching session (Skype/classroom). The course is possible to conduct online by the module selections.

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

Study materials 

Study material is freely available online:

Evaluation criteria 



Kaisa Hartikainen, Tomi Rosti


The web-learning environment is open 1.9. – 30.6. in each academic year. Contact teaching sessions (Skype/classroom) in each term are organized twice in Finnish and once in English on Joensuu and Kuopio campuses.

Key words 

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


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.


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
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
held Research Information Retrieval and Management  Multi-modal teaching  Anna-Kaisa Hartikainen,
Marja Kuittinen,
Tomi Rosti 
01.09.19 -30.06.20
Registration not started Research Information Retrieval and Management  Multi-modal teaching  Anna-Kaisa Hartikainen,
Marja Kuittinen,
Tomi Rosti 
01.09.20 -15.06.21

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