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Tips for your information seeking

Get to know your information resources!

Find your library

The Library is a vital part of your learning environment: you will get access to various materials, have a place to study and get guidance on information seeking. With the help of the Library you will intensify your studies and graduate as planned!

Your keys to information

Contact your campus library and register as a customer. A library card will be useful to you.

With JAMK's username you can log on to the work stations and read thousands of ebooks and e-journals – most of them also at home via a remote connection.

Course books - quickly, please!

Search and find course books in the Janet database. Use the Library's services: check the location of a book, make a reservation or renew your loans.

How to find and locate a book in the Janet database?

You can also watch the video from here »

Is Google not enough?

All the information you will need cannot be found with search engines or in open access sources.

Intensify your Google searches, remember also other sources. There are a lot of places where Google cannot see...

Information seeking is a process

Systematic information seeking is a process where you search and evaluate research-based information or evidence-based information on your topic. 

Information seeking process

How to find good search words?

Don't worry! Based on your topic you can easily come up with some initial search words. To collect a wider range of search words, however, will take some more time and effort.

Think about words and concepts that are used in discussions about your topic. Think also about words and concepts that are used in articles and other writings that describe the phenomena relating to your topic. In addition, mindmaps and wordlists can help you discover further ideas and concepts and, thereby, search words.

Look for subject terms or descriptors that match the words you have looked up in Thesauri . Information of high quality can usually be found with the help of subject terms. 

Think about:

  • synonyms = words that have approximately the same meaning (group work – team work)
  • related terms (universities of applied sciences – universities)
  • broader and narrower terms (theater – street theater)

How to command a database?

You can easily intensify your searching by paying attention to the following questions:

  • what sort of search types can be used in the database?
  • how to truncate a word?
  • how to use subject terms?

Look for tips on truncating search terms, combining the search terms and refining your search: (Library tutorial, Jyväskylä University Library)

Which sources are suitable?

Choosing suitable information sources can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you:

Evaluation of information and copyright (Oulu University of Applied sciences Library)

Evaluating and using information  (Aalto University Library)

Source evaluation (Citation Compass by three norwegian university libraries)

Cite your sources

To which book, trade journal's article, scientific report, official instruction or other publication can your thought or idea be traced back to?  Tell it in your own words and cite the source according to JAMK's reporting instructions.

Further instructions on reporting can be found in JAMK's Study guide.

Find also more about copyright:

Do not copy, cite!

JAMK University of Applied Sciences takes a strong stand against plagiarism: read the Pedagogical and Ethical Principles

Learn to cite your sources in the right way from the start using the Project Reporting Instructions.