Course – Information Retrieval for PhD Students

Information Retrieval for PhD students

The course “Information Retrieval for PhD students” is open for registration.

Course Description:

  • Aim: The course aims to develop participants’ information literacy skills, including the ability to search, critically evaluate, and use information effectively during the thesis writing process.
  • Content: The course covers various topics related to information retrieval and research, including search strategies, information sources, scholarly communication, open access, bibliometrics, research data, reference management, systematic/literature reviews, literature monitoring, and the role of the internet in research visibility.

Course Format:

  • Delivery: The course is web-based with some mandatory in-person or online lectures.
  • Active Participation: Participants are expected to actively engage in finding and reading relevant literature, completing exercises, writing assignments, and reviewing the work of their peers.
  • Examination: The examination is mandatory and will involve students presenting their theses and reviewing the work of others.

Course Schedule:

  • Duration: The course runs from week 44, 2023 to week 2, 2024, with a total of 10 sessions.
  • Session Frequency: Sessions are held once a week on Wednesday afternoons. Alternative scheduling options may be discussed.
  • First Session: The first session is scheduled for Wednesday, November 1st, 2023, from 13:00 to 15:00  via Zoom. During this session, introductions will be made, and an overview of the course content, literature, and the learning platform will be provided. Participants will also have the opportunity to present themselves, their research area, and their expectations for the course.

Application Details:

  • Application Deadline: The application deadline is Friday, October 27th, 2023.
  • Application Information: To apply, prospective participants should send an email to me containing their name, institution, BTH acronym, personal code, and the name of their PhD supervisor.
  • Attendance: If unable to attend the first session, participants are encouraged to inform the course organizer.

This course is a great opportunity for PhD students to enhance their information retrieval and research skills in preparation for their thesis work. Interested students should make sure to meet the application deadline and actively participate in the course sessions and assignments.


Eva Norling