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8020310 Information Skills and Sources in Health sciences for International Students, 1 Cp 
Code 8020310  Validity 01.01.2011 -
Name Information Skills and Sources in Health sciences for International Students  Abbreviation ISSHI 
Credits1 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeGeneral Studies Subject0000 Undefined 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Library, Kuopio (K) 

Taisa Sallinen 

Learning outcomes 

The student understands how scientific information is published in one's own discipline. The student recognises the most important book databases and journal article databases as well as other relevant academic information sources. The student is aware of advantages of open science.The student can conceptually analyse her/his search topic, prepare search queries, perform searches, and evaluate the search results. The student uses information resources ethically and legally. The student acknowledges the user rights and avoids plagiarism. The student is accounted for similarities and differences of scientific and vocational information retrieval and sources.


The basics of scientific publishing and copyright, analysis of search topic and search query formulation, introduction to relevant databases and conducting searches independently, assessment and reporting of search results.

Modes of study 

A. Introductory lecture with demonstrations

B. First personal assignment (planning searches)

C. Training session on using UEF Primo

D. Training session on searching PubMed

E. Independent study in Moodle

F. Final personal assignment/report

Teaching methods 

Lecture (2 hours)

First personal assignment (independent work)

Training sessions (2 + 2 hours)

Tutorial in Moodle (independent work)

Final personal assignment and report (independent work)

Study materials 

Tutorial in Moodle

Evaluation criteria 

Grading: 0 (failed) - 5 (excellent). Attendance on the lecture and two different training sessions required. Acceptably written personal assignment and report on own topic.


Tuulevi Ovaska

Taisa Sallinen



Computer skills


The course is arranged each autumn semester.

Further information 

Introductory lecture is compulsory. One training session on UEF Primo is compulsory. One of training session on PubMed is compulsory (one session). Writing a personal assignment/report is compulsory.


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 ended K:Information Skills and Sources in Health sciences for International Students  Multi-modal teaching  Tuulevi Ovaska,
Taisa Sallinen 
20.09.21 -30.10.21

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