Courses at the Library

The instruction belongs to the following themes

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 the RefWorks application 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 2020–2021

During the Spring 2021, all the information seeking and reference management courses are conducted online. 

Changes in courses are possible also during the term. 

Courses in English:   

  • LIB-200 Information Seeking and Management for Thesis Writers MOOC. Read more on the info page.
  • LIB-210 Information Seeking Basics 
  • LIB-500 RefWorks Reference Management. Read more on the library website.
  • LIB-510 online workshop
  • LIB-900 Information Management for Doctoral Candidates: Life and Natural Sciences  

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 in Weboodi until 16th of May. Sisu will replace WebOodi on 31 May 2021

The exceptions:  

Where do I find the course timetables?

You may browse the courses on by searching with “LIB-”.  

You may also search for a specific course with the course code (for example LIB-500).  


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

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.