Tips for your information seeking

Take a grip on information with the help of the Library

Welcome to learn information seeking and data management in the JAMK environment. 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.

We have gathered a self-study material to familiarize you with the Library services and Janet database. Also, you will get tips for planning your searches and evaluating the information you have found.

You can find the self-study material by clicking the link "Go to the material" below.

Take a grip on information Self-study material: library services and information seeking Go to the material
 

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.

 

Find books!

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 or create your own Janet account?

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 (theatre – street theatre)

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 how to: findtruncate and combine 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 the Student intranet Elmo (login required).

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.