Literature management and responsible research practices (SPRING)
March 21. Deadline for registration: March 7.
Academic information seeking and reference management
In-class PhD course offered to ITU by The Royal Danish Library
Type of activity: a modular PhD course for PhD students enrolled at ITU.
Sisse Finken, Associate professor, Head of PhD School, ITU
Michael Svendsen, Head of Research Support, Copenhagen University Library/The Royal Danish Library, Denmark
Lorna Wildgaard, PhD, Research Support, Copenhagen University Library/The Royal Danish Library, Denmark
Jeanette Mai-Britt Johansen1
Erik Engelbrekt Schwagermann2
1Faculty Library of Humanities, 2Faculty Library of Social Sciences and 3Faculty Library for Natural and Health Sciences
Date of the course:
March 21, 2023
10:00-15.00 including breaks
Royal Library Søndre Campus (South Campus), University of Copenhagen.
Karen Blixens Plads (glasbygningen / glass building), 1st floor
How to sign up and deadlines:
You register by filling out this form.
Deadline for registration Module 1: March 7, 2023.
Deadline for preparatory assignments: March 11, 2023.
If you have little or no knowledge about Zotero, please take an introductory course prior to M1. You can sign up for a course here.
General course description (see below for a description of module 1):
This generic hands-on course is about transferable skills and is divided into three modules. The first two modules concern literature reviews, search methods and responsible documentation. The third plagiarism screening and rights to scientific works. The aim of the course is to give a general understanding of the principles underlying literature-based studies and give hands-on experience in tools designed to support the responsible production of literature-based research.
The programme of the course is designed to train PhD students to think critically about how they handle the literature they use in their research, as well as the practical and methodological considerations literature-based research encompasses.
The course modules can be taken individually or as a complete package. We recommend the student takes the modules in chronological order to get the best learning outcome. Taken individually, we recommend module 1 and 2 for new and mid-term PhD students and module 3 for students in their final year.
After completing all modules, the PhD student will be able to:
- Plan a literature search and select appropriate methodologies (module 1)
- Handle bibliographic references in software for reference management and review management (module 1 and module 2)
- Choose and develop protocols for review work (module 2)
- Navigate within the concepts of copyright and identify copyright transfer requirements from publishers and find open publishing routes (module 3)
- Understand sound research practices and how to stay clear of plagiarism and self-plagiarism in your thesis or manuscript based on the results of a pre-screening report. (module 3)
Module 1 – course description:
Henrik Tang, Charlotte Arnholtz and Jeanette Johansen, information specialists at Copenhagen University Library, will take you through a day of academic information seeking and reference management.
The first part will be a Q and A session in regards to the reference management tool Zotero based on the questions received before the course.
The second part will be a brief discussion of the importance of information seeking in an academic context.
The third part will concentrate on relevant databases available for ITU. How to search them and what to do, if you need access to articles not readily available through ITU.
The fourth part will introduce you to different search methods, how to identify keywords and use these in your search terms. Session 2, 3 and 4 will be workshop based with plenty of time to practice.
The day ends with a brief introduction to the reflection assignment.
Programme module 1:
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and ice-breaker activity
10:15 – 10:30 Introduction to the day
10:30 – 11:00 Q and A session Zotero
11.00 - 11.30 Why is information seeking important?
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:15 Which databases to use and how to explore them
12:15 – 12:45 Literature search methods Part 1 Search strategies and keywords
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch (at the ITU – 1st floor of the cantine)
13:30 – 14:30 Literature search methods Part 2, block search and search protocol
14:30 – 14:45 Break
14:45 – 15:00 Wrapping up the day and introducing the reflection assignment
Upon completion of each module, participants are invited to evaluate the course for future improvements.
To attend, you must be a PhD student enrolled at the IT University.
Prior to each module, the PhD students are required to complete a set of preparatory questions and complete small assignments. On completion to each module, the participants are required to complete a reflection assignment on the topic of the module. Both pre- and post-module assignments must be completed in order to receive the ECTS credit.
Deadline for the reflection assignment is the 14th of April 2023 (To be submitted in Teams)
1½ ECTS for full attendance of the three modules, or 0,5 ECTS for each completed module.
Amount of hours the student is expected to use on each module:
Participation: 6 hours (4 hour module + reflection assignment)
Preparation: 8 hours (readings + preparatory questions + small assignments)
Minimum 8 and maximum 30 persons.
You will receive a link to Teams (where you find syllabus, preparatory assignments, etc.) for the modules you sign up for 10 days prior to the start date. Please familiarize yourself with the material in the Teams channel, under ‘Files’.