Information Seeking: Sources and Methods
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Infootsing: allikad ja meetodid
Course title in English
Information Seeking: Sources and Methods
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To create preconditions for obtaining knowledge in information seeking theory, strategy and tactics;
To support the acquisition of knowledge on national and international universal and special information sources;
To support the formation of practical skills of information search.
Brief description of the course
Information literacy, concepts and theories. Recognition and identification of information needs. Process of information seeking, its strategies and tactics. Formulation of information queries, search techniques. Defining and choosing appropriate information sources. Concept and types of document. Primary and secondary information sources. The concept of bibliography, its main types. The system of national bibliography. The types of data carriers, selection principles. Information sources enabling library retrieval. Library catalogues and databases, their types and functions. E-catalogues and e-databases. Information search in library catalogues: traditional and new possibilities. Electronic catalogue ESTER and catalogues of other countries. Archives. Information seeking on the web (search-engines, thematic catalogues, meta-search engines, web-portal services, virtual libraries, e-libraries), visible and invisible web. Google and other search engines. Sources of fact information. Sources of secondary information. Full-text sources. Digital collections and repositories. Information search in databases (open content and licensed content). Citation indexes and rules. Selection and evaluation of information resources. Quality assessment of information sources. Citation guides and rules, plagiarism. Information and citations’ administration: Reference Management Tools, organizing information.
Independent work
Practical Assignments. Group Work: Analyze of Information Sources. Individual assignment: writing an essay. Presentations and academic discussion.
Work with teachers’ learning materials and compulsory/additional reading materials, group works and discussions in Moodle learning environment. Every course topic ends with the individual practical assignment and/or group work and discussions that are mandatory.
Learning outcomes in the course
As a result of the course, student:
● is familiar with context and components of information literacy;
● knows and describes different information search strategies and tactics;
● knows different information sources;
● is able to choose a proper information sources according to information need;
● names and uses main library services;
● names the possibilities of digital libraries, e-libraries and archives;
● effectively uses libraries’ electronic catalogues;
● formulates efficient search queries in search systems;
● knows the purpose of bibliographic and reference guides;
● knows where to look for administrative and law information concerning Estonia and his native state;
● finds relevant information in open access and licensed online databases; by using internet search engines and other search systems (like directories and metasearch engines);
● evaluates found information critically and can be responsible for the quality of information on the web;
● knows common citation and information representation rules;
● knows how to organize information by using special reference management software.
Assessment methods
Exam. Group work, presentations, individual practical assignments, written exam.
Prerequisite of the exam is submission of all practical assignments. Group work should be prensented in the seminars, participation in academic discussions.
lekt Aira Lepik
Study literature
Grix, J. (2010). Information skills: finding and using the right resources.
BBBasingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan.
Hamburg, I. (1986). Eesti bibliograafia ajalugu 19. sajandi lõpuni. Tallinn: Valgus.
Hamburg, I. (2001). Eesti bibliograafia ajalugu 1901-1917.Tallinn: Eesti Rahvusraamatukogu.
Large, A. et al. (1998). Information seeking in the online age: principles and practice.London [etc.] : Bowker-Saur.
Replacement literature
Agosti, M. (2008). Information access through search engines and digital libraries. Berlin; Heidelberg: Springer.
American University Library's Information Literacy Tutorial. (2004).
Badke, W. B. (2008). Research strategies: finding your way through the information. 3rd ed.New York [etc.], iUniverse.
Barker, D. I. (2009). Internet research. Boston (Mass.): Course Technology.
Cassell, K.A. Hiremath, U. (2013). Reference and information services : an introduction. London.
Devine, J. (2009). Going beyond Google: the invisible Web in learning and teaching. London : Facet Publishing.
Eesti e-Ülikooli minikursus Infokirjaoskus. –
Grix, J. (2010). Information skills: finding and using the right resources. Basingstoke, New York, Palgrave Macmillan.
Gunter, B. (2009). The Google generation: are ICT innovations changing information-seeking behaviour? Oxford [etc.] : Chandos.
Information Literacy Tutorial. Queensland University of Technology.
Lloyd, A. (2010). Information literacy landscapes: information literacy in education, workplace and everyday contexts. Oxford [etc.] : Chandos.
Online information literacy tutorial. Edith Cowan University Library.
Pihlau, J. (2003). Edukas otsing Internetis ehk kuidas leida nõela heinakuhjast. Tallinn: Külim.
Sauers, M. P. (2010). Searching 2.0. New York; London: Neal-Schuman.
Sherman, C., Price, G. (2002). The invisible Web: uncovering information sources search engines can’t see. Medford, N.J. : CyberAge Books.
Student plagiarism in an online world: problems and solutions (2008). [edited by] Tim Roberts. Hershey (Pa.). New York, Information Science Reference.