Course – Information Retrieval for PhD Students

Information Retrieval for PhD students

The course “Information Retrieval for PhD students” is open for registration. The aim of the course is to develop the participant´s information literacy, which will say, the ability to search, critically evaluate and use information during the process of writing the thesis.


The following main topics will be dealt with during the course:

  • Search Strategies
  • Information Retrieval
  • Information Sources
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Open Access
  • Bibliometrics
  • Research Data
  • Reference Management
  • Systematic/Literature Reviews
  • Literature Monitoring
  • Internet and the Visible Researcher


The course is web-based with some compulsory lectures. Participants should independently find their way to an individual search and publishing strategy within their research area by finding and reading relevant literature, working with exercises, writing compulsory assignments and reviewing the work of others. The course organization requires active participation. At the examination, which is mandatory and on campus (or online via zoom), the students will present their thesis and review someone else’s work.


Course start

The course starts week 44 2022 and continues to week 2 2023. There are 10 sessions planned, once a week on Wednesday afternoons (if you prefer another day we can always discuss that)

The sessions are an opportunity for you to understand and discuss the assignments and exercises and get feedback on your findings and your work. Almost every week during the course you need to hand in an assignment no later than Monday the same week.

  • Date of the first session:  Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 at 13-15 either in the Library, Karlskrona or via zoom.

In the first session, we will introduce ourselves, the course content, literature and the learning platform. We will discuss searches and the concept of information literacy. We want you to present yourself, your research area and what you expect from the course. Also, consider how you would describe your research topic with a few keywords.


To apply

Application no later than Friday, October 28th, 2022.
Send me an email with your name, institution, BTH acronym, personal code and the name of your Ph.D. supervisor.
If you are not able to attend the first session, please tell me!


Eva Norling