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8020300 Information skills and sources in Social Sciences for International Students, 1 Cp 
Code 8020300  Validity 01.01.2011 -
Name Information skills and sources in Social Sciences for International Students  Abbreviation ISS SOC 
Credits1 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeGeneral Studies Subject0000 Undefined 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
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Organisation Library (J,K,S) 

Tapani Toivanen 

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.


This course covers introduction to the most important subject-specific scholarly information sources of research publications, basics of analysis of information search topic and search query formulation, and skills in systematic information retrieval

Modes of study 

Training sessions/independent study; Assignment.

Attendance on all three training sessions required.

Acceptably written personal assignment and report on own topic.

Teaching methods 

Multiform: Training sessions and online studying in the Moodle learning environment.

Personal assignment and report.

Study materials 

Tutorial in Moodle

Evaluation criteria 

0 - 5. Acceptably performed exercises and written personal assignment report on one's search topic.


Information specialist Tapani Toivanen, Joensuu Campus Library, tel. 0294 45 8355,

Information specialist Maarit Putous, Kuopio Campus Library, tel. 0294 45 8279,


Joensuu campus: Autumn semester 2017

Kuopio campus: Autumn semester 2017


Further information 

Language of this course is English. For Finnish-speaking students (which are not taking part in a Master's Degree Programme in English) the University Library organizes discipline-based web courses for information retireval.


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.

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No teaching

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