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.

The library publishes information on the upcoming courses on this page at the beginning of each semester. In addition to this, a few courses will be added to the course selection during the semester. Changes to schedules are possible.

On this page you can find mainly courses of which language of instruction is English. For the courses in Finnish or Swedish, please change the language of the page.

The Courses in the year 2022-2023

Online Courses

Student's Digital Skills: Information Seeking. Learning material. Further information.

Information Seeking and Management for Thesis Writers. Further information.


The Helka webinar. Timetable and registrationCourse description.

Information seeking basics. Timetable and registration. Course description. 

  • next courses in the spring semester 2023

Reference management: Zotero. Timetable and registration.  Course description.

  • next courses in the spring semester 2023

Advanced Courses

Courses for Doctoral Candidates

Information Management for Doctoral Candidates. Timetable. registration and course description in Sisu. You can find the course in Sisu by searching with the code LIB-900. 

Managing Scientific Information. Timetable. registration and course description in Sisu. You can find the course in Sisu by searching with the code Health-145. 

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. You can see the times in the dropdown menu of the e-form under Ilmoittautuminen / Anmälning / Registration. 

The exceptions:  

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

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.


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.

The library also occasionally organises low-threshold activities to support your wellbeing and studies. For event dates and more information, please visit the Wellbeing events page.

Read tips how to find and manage information


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

Is reading an obstacle for you? Celia Library services for university students

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.