Specialized Information Retrieval  course for postgraduate students specializing in information technology at TUTL Küllike...
Background <ul><li>In 1998-1999 the Library participated in the European Union information search distan ce  education pro...
Sources used as reference <ul><li>Chalmers University of Technology Library self-study   Into Info program .   </li></ul><...
From face-to-face to distance <ul><li>2000-2002 face-to-face lectures and practical exercises in computer lab. </li></ul><...
Course is designed by library
Important aspects in designing the course environment <ul><li>stability  – environment must be usable by different browser...
Course objectives <ul><li>After completing this course the student should be able to:  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>understan...
Course arrangement <ul><li>course is organized in spring term, </li></ul><ul><li>course period is eight weeks, </li></ul><...
Outline of course content <ul><li>Introduction to course  (face-to-face meeting) – The course description. Introduction to...
Homework <ul><li>Everyone chooses the topic about which they will search for information. It could be master thesis subjec...
Example of homework
Students feedback <ul><li>The course was more useful than I expected. </li></ul><ul><li>I suggest every degree student to ...
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Specialized Information Retrieval Course

  1. 1. Specialized Information Retrieval course for postgraduate students specializing in information technology at TUTL Küllike Märtmaa TUT Library
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>In 1998-1999 the Library participated in the European Union information search distan ce education project DEDICATE . </li></ul><ul><li>The practical outcome of the DEDICATE course was the Information Literacy course designed and prepared for integration at Tallinn Univeristy of Technology. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sources used as reference <ul><li>Chalmers University of Technology Library self-study Into Info program . </li></ul><ul><li>Helsinki University of Technology Library web-based course Searching for Scientific Information . </li></ul><ul><li>Large, A., Tedd, L.A., Hartley, R.J. Information Seeking in the Online Age: Principles and Practice. London, 2001. </li></ul>
  4. 4. From face-to-face to distance <ul><li>2000-2002 face-to-face lectures and practical exercises in computer lab. </li></ul><ul><li>2003- distance learning course in web environment. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Course is designed by library
  6. 6. Important aspects in designing the course environment <ul><li>stability – environment must be usable by different browsers; </li></ul><ul><li>easy to follow – an overview of course materials, independent exercises, deadlines, debts, results; </li></ul><ul><li>information exchange – the system informs a teacher automatically of the arrival of the answer by e-mail, likewise a student is informed that the answer has been controlled. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Course objectives <ul><li>After completing this course the student should be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>understand how information is organized by libraries, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>create an effective search profile and search strategy, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>use print and electronic sources to locate scientific information, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>evaluate and cite information found . </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Course arrangement <ul><li>course is organized in spring term, </li></ul><ul><li>course period is eight weeks, </li></ul><ul><li>material is divided into 4 moduls, </li></ul><ul><li>each modul consists of course material and homework on chosen topic, </li></ul><ul><li>course gives 1,5 credit points in the master programme. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Outline of course content <ul><li>Introduction to course (face-to-face meeting) – The course description. Introduction to web environment. It will be explained what students need to do to get credits for the course. </li></ul><ul><li>Module 1 What is Information Literacy. The search strategy: Boolean search model, Boolean query model, proximity searching, truncation etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Module 2 TUT library services and catalogues. E-journals database A-to Z. Preparation of a work-cited list for print and electronic resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Module 3 Introduction to database searching. Electronic information sources available in TTU network. Bibliographic and full-text online databases in the area of science and technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Module 4 Online databases in the area of information technology, e-books databases. Scientific information on the Internet. Evaluating the information critically. </li></ul><ul><li>Final report Information retrieval process overview. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Homework <ul><li>Everyone chooses the topic about which they will search for information. It could be master thesis subject, project work, writing a literature survey etc. Their homework consists of: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>introduction to the topic, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>identifying search terms, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>compiling of search profiles, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>carrying out searches in different information sources, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>evaluating relevance, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>citing and creating reference list. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Example of homework
  12. 12. Students feedback <ul><li>The course was more useful than I expected. </li></ul><ul><li>I suggest every degree student to take this course. </li></ul><ul><li>Beside Google I discovered another world which contains more relevant information. </li></ul><ul><li>More examples for homework tasks. </li></ul><ul><li>There could be practising sessions or training classes. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thank you for your attention!
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