Courses at the Library

The instruction belongs to the following themes

By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.

Do you want to become more effective in finding books and articles for your seminar thesis? Are you familiar enough with various databases and their search functions? Are you planning on using a reference management tool to save and organise your references? 

The Helsinki University Library offers courses that help you to develop information seeking and management skills for the requirements of learning and research.  

The courses are offered both on campuses and online. During the academic year 2020–2021, the courses are conducted online.  

The Courses in the year 2021–2022

Online Courses


Advanced Courses

Courses for Doctoral Candidates

  • LIB-900 Information Management for Doctoral Candidates. Timetable and registration in Sisu.
  • Health-145 Managing Scientific Information. Timetable and registration in Sisu.

There are more courses in Finnish.

When should I take a course?

You should consider taking an information seeking course already prior to starting your thesis. When you are familiar with using databases and evaluating sources, you have better skills to search for academic information.  

How do I re­gister for the courses?

The students register for the courses mainly online via a form. Some courses have their own registration forms, e.g.

Check "The Courses in the year 2021-2022" section for the course descriptions.

The exceptions:  

Will I get cred­its for the courses?

If you study at the University of Helsinki, please contact your degree programme to find out if you can have the course recognised as part of your studies. You’ll get certain degree programmes award a credit for completing this course or allow its inclusion in a study module. Before completing the course, check from your degree programme or seminar coordinator how the course can be included in your studies.   

The MOOC platform does not submit notifications of completion. Instead, you must personally deliver your course certificate to your seminar coordinator or the Moodle area of your course, if so instructed.  

Detailed instructions on completing the course are available in the MOOC area.   


Guidance, Tips and Events on Information Seeking

Have you perhaps studied information seeking on a library course but still need more help? Book an appointment.  

Read tips how to find and manage information.  

The library organizes regularly activities on information seeking in the Guidance Corner. More information on the program.  

Other training organized by the library

In addition, the library organizes regularly courses and lectures on other issues, such as data management and open science. More information on the library website

Di­verse learners at the library

The library offers special support in information retrieval to students of the University of Helsinki who need this service due to a learning difficulty or some other reason. For example, you are entitled to personal advice on information retrieval (one hour) to support your studies.

  • Please contact the library to agree on organising additional support. Explain where you need help and suggest times suitable for you.
  • A specialist from the library will contact you and ask for additional information, if required.

Contact the library to agree on special assistance

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Special arrangements for studies at the University of Helsinki


Do you have ques­tions about the courses?

In questions concerning the courses, please contact the library teachers via the online form. 

Contact the library using the online form.