Literature management and responsible research practices (SPRING)
March 24. Deadline for registration: March 10.
Literature reviews: planning and searching for evidence
In-class PhD course offered to ITU by The Royal Danish Library
Type of activity: a modular 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
Lorna Wildgaard, PhD. Research Support, Copenhagen University Library
Date of the course:
March 24, 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 for Module 2: March 10.
Deadline for preparatory assignments: March 14.
General course description (see below for a description of module 2):
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 2 – course description:
In relation to your PhD projects, Lorna Wildgaard, a special advisor from Research Support at Copenhagen University Library, invites to a workshop on systematic approaches to literature reviews. Being systematic bolsters the quality of your literature review. A systematic approach to literature review uses repeatable analytic methods to collect (and analyze) research made by others. As such, the aim is to provide an exhaustive summary of the current evidence relevant to a research question. In the workshop modules, you will be introduced to methods, tools and workflows you can apply to your literature review work.
Programme module 2:
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and Ice-breaking activity
10:15 – 10:30 Introduction to the day
10:30-11:15 Types of literature review and introduction to the systematic method & levels of evidence
11:30 – 12:15 Systematic approach to literature reviews: Search standards, design & considerations
12:15-13:15 Lunch (at the ITU)
13:15 – 14:00 Documenting and reporting the search: screening tools
14:00 – 14:15 Break
14:15 – 14:45 Reviews: Protocols and pre-registration
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 18th of April (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’.