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8020280 Information skills and sources in Science for International Students, 1 Cp 
Code 8020280  Validity 01.01.2011 -
Name Information skills and sources in Science for International Students  Abbreviation ISS SCI 
Credits1 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeGeneral Studies Subject0191 Science and Technology, 0490 Environmental Sciences, 0520 Physics 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Library, Kuopio (K) 

Heikki Matti Laitinen 

Learning outcomes 

The student understands how scientific information is published. The student knows how to access and systematically search scientific information sources, such as databases and electronic journals. The student familiarizes oneself with the principles of copyright and ethical use of information. The student is aware of advantages of open science.


- The basics of scientific publishing and copyright

- Analysis of search topic and search query formulation

- Introduction to databases and other sources of information

- Introduction to systematic searching techniques

Modes of study 

Tutorial 10 hours, independent study 17 hours

Teaching methods 

Lecture (distance teaching; 2 hours)

Four hands-on training sessions (distance teaching; 2+2+2+2 hours)

Personal assignment and report


Study materials 

Tutorial and personal assignment on Moodle

Evaluation criteria 

Grading: 0 (failed) - 5 (excellent). Attendance on the lecture and all hands-on training sessions required. Acceptably written personal assignment and report on student's own search topic.


Information specialist Heikki Laitinen, Kuopio Campus Library, tel. 0294 45 8191,


Kuopio campus: Autumn semester 2020.

Key words 

information storage and retrieval; information systems; information services; databases; libraries; natural science disciplines; biological science disciplines; environmental science; applied physics



Further information 

Teaching language: English


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
Registration not started K: Information skills and sources in Science for International Students  Web course  Heikki Matti Laitinen  14.09.20 -18.09.20

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