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Academic Information Seeking

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and University of Copenhagen via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Education & Teaching
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session In progress
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 3 weeks long
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This course will introduce you to the basic elements of academic information seeking - we will explore the search process from defining a strategy to evaluating and documenting your search results.

Attending the course will make you a proficient information seeker. You will learn how to carry out comprehensive literature searches based on your own research assignment. You will be guided through the various information seeking steps from selecting relevant search strategies and techniques to evaluating your search results, documenting your search process and citing your sources.

Attending the course will enable you to:
• Identify your information need
• Evaluate databases and other information resources
• Set up search strategies and use various search techniques
• Formulate search strings based on your own research assignment
• Identify relevant material types
• Undertake critical evaluation of your sources
• Search more efficiently on the internet
• Avoid plagiarism
• Cite correctly
• Work with reference management
• Document your search process

The course is intended for undergraduate students but the lessons will be useful to anyone who is interested in becoming better at finding scientific information. There are no formal requirements for the course.

The series consists of 21 lectures that are organized into three modules. The lectures include small assignments and quizzes (to check comprehension).
The lectures will each touch upon a topic that is essential to the information seeking process. To get the most out of the lecture series, we recommend that you access the lectures while you are working on an academic paper. We also recommend that you watch the lectures in the order in which we have structured them.
We recommend that you create and fill out a log book while attending the lectures. We have created a log book template that you can use during the course.

The lecture series has been developed in collaboration between information specialists at University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark

Taught by

Thomas Skov Jensen and Birgitte Munk

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4.3 Based on 6 reviews

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Franco C
4.0 3 years ago
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Pilar R
4.0 2 years ago
by Pilar completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
An excellent course: it provides learners with the concepts and skills necessary for searching information in libraries and online. It is organized in several sections: preparing a search process, performing searches, and evaluating search results. Lectures are well organized and coherent with the goals. There are activities for students who want to go deeper into the topics (optional) and quizzes that helped them to check the main concepts. I rated it with four stars because the English of some of the lecturers were not clear enough. To solve this issue I used the subtitles available. Ayway, the lecturers are nice and engaging.
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Lerrick S
4.0 2 years ago
by Lerrick completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This was helpful. I learned about research strategies for literature that I did not know about. I would recommend this course especially as they discuss research management tools that would save time when implemented at the beginning stages of doing a literature search for a research project.
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Armando A
5.0 9 months ago
by Armando completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
I enjoyed the course. It was short and to the point and gave some usable skills for a small investment in time,
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Datcu O
5.0 3 years ago
by Datcu completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
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Per O
4.0 2 years ago
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