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Library Tutorial

by halttune — last modified Dec 09, 2021 01:08 PM

Smart tools for making systematic information seeking a part of academic work!



Steps of Systematic Information Seeking 

  • Start your work with an information seeking plan.
  • Explore the subject matter to find out what is written about your topic in handbooks, theses and dissertations and in essential publications of your field. What do you already know about your topic?
  • What interests you in your topic? What kind of questions would you like to ask? Formulate research questions, define your topic and determine the focus of your research.
  • Use the main concepts of your topic to formulate search terms and find subject terms. Use a mind map.
  • Learn about publication culture and publication types in your field and seek sources accordingly.
  • Get familiar with the databases and other information resources in your field. Where can you find books? How about scholarly articles?
  • Choose search terms and combine them into search statements. Think of appropriate search strategies for each information resource.
  • Carry out information searches in different databases.
  • Evaluate the results of your searches. Do you need to revise your search terms and search strategy? How can you narrow your searches in different databases?
  • Be critical of your search results. Are they scientific and reliable?
  • Save your search results so that you can go back to them when necessary and cite them appropriately.

How to study Library Tutorial

Library Tutorial is an open learning material produced by Jyväskylä university library (Open Science Centre). It's recommended that all students at the University of Jyväskylä take the course LIBESIS Systematic Information Seeking (1 credit, in Finnish LIB1THP Tiedonhankinnan perusteet) to study the material.

In the picture above you see the contents of Library Tutorial. The titles in the picture are links. You can also use the titles on the left to navigate Library Tutorial.

Our framework is based on Carol Kuhlthau's Guided Inquiry Design Process and has been designed for our students, with their much appreciated help and feedback.

Please note that Internet Explorer is not recommended as a browser for the Library Tutorial. Also, if you resize this window, the links in the picture might not work.

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Library Tutorial is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Anyone can use Library Tutorial (please reference).

References as: Jyväskylä University Library (2016) Library Tutorial. Jyväskylä: Jyväskylä University Library. (Updated: See the date at the end of each page.)