An important prerequisite for successful learning, knowledge production and proper professional practice is thorough, efficient and reliable work involving sources. Information literacy encompasses the skills, knowledge and attitudes that enable us to:

  • transform our information needs into questions that may be answered
  • obtain information in an efficient manner
  • evaluate the relevance and quality of a source, and
  • use them properly in one’s own learning, problem solving and dissemination.

As is the case elsewhere in higher education, the programmes of study at UiT are obliged to offer courses that enable the students to develop their information literacy. This requirement is included in the National Qualifications Framework for higher education and in UiT’s own regulations for academic studies.

What can we offer?

The University Library of Tromsø has for many years worked to assist programme coordinators to incorporate information literacy in their programmes of study.

Below you will find an overview of the various provisions the UB offers in order to contribute to increased information literacy at UiT. Common to all is that we wish to contribute to both students and employees being able to reap huge rewards in terms of everything that good source management entails.

Please contact your subject librarian or learning support group at UB to request a provision that is specifically adapted for your programme and your students’ needs.

Introduction to information literacy

All students starting at UiT are offered an introduction to information literacy. These provisions are constantly evolving and come in many varieties. For students who do not have an integrated face-to-face course, we offer the web-based course iKomp. This course also serves as a supplement to many of the campus provisions.

Adapted and integrated teaching

We also offer courses further into the programmes of study programs, which are adapted to suit the students’ progress and specific needs (e.g. in connection with writing a bachelor’s or master’s thesis). An important aspect of our support to the programmes of study is help with adaption of learning outcomes, forms of assessment and course and programme descriptions.

Guidance

At the library, students and employees may both receive assistance and guidance with (more or less systematic) literature searches and searches for special sources. Guidance is generally agreed directly with your subject librarian. We adapt the guidance we offer to the previous search experience and information needs. Such guidance is offered to groups or individuals.

Singular courses

We conduct individual courses for students and employees at UiT by agreement. This applies to various topics on information literacy, as well as courses/workshops on specific search tools and databases. For courses on EndNote, please refer to the information on our EndNote pages.

Open courses

From time to time, we arrange open courses, which you may register for via Tavla. Examples include courses about using the library search engine Oria, a specific subject database or discipline-based courses in several databases.

Go to an overview of the courses we offer

 

Contact details

For further information about the various previsions or to make an appointment, please contact your subject librarian. Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to the library head of teaching and learning support, helene.n.andreassen@uit.no.


Take control of your PhD journey: From (p)reflection to publishing

Writing a PhD benefits from the acquisition of competencies outside of the specific study, e.g. being aware of current academic norms, knowing how to retrieve, evaluate, and treat sources, being up-to-date about open access publishing, and handling scientific research data according to best practice. Take control of your PhD Journey is an annual seminar series designed for PhD students in their first year, coming from all fields of study.

The seminar series is offered through a collaboration between the University Library, High North Academy and the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. It provides the participant with 2 ECTS points. For more details, application deadlines, requirements and assessment, go here.

 

 

Content of the seminars

The seminar series consists of five seminars, organized as interactive sessions combining theory, plenary discussions, group activities, and individual practice.

1. Academic integrity and the transparency of science

This seminar provides a basis for the entire seminar series. The aim is to understand the importance of academic integrity for the different stages of the research process and for science in general. With transparency as a guiding principle, the focus is on the whys and hows of using/creating sources correctly, both research papers and research data. 

PowerPoint presentation October 2018

2. Literature search

This seminar focuses on doing complex and more systematic literature searches and how to use scientific databases in an efficient and effective way. A large component of the seminar is to address the various purposes of literature searches.
Participants can choose between 3 seminars: i) Humanities and Social Sciences, ii) Medicine and Health Sciences, and iii) Technology and Natural Sciences. 

PowerPoint presentations October 2018: i) Humanities and Social Sciencesii) Medicine and Health Sciencesiii) Technology and Natural Sciences.

3. Open Access publishing

This seminar discusses what open access means, the choices researchers have to face when selecting publication venues, and how those choices affect both the scientific and the
general community. Participants learn how to evaluate open access publication channels, and receive information about the UiT Publication Fund. We also discuss how researchers can make their publications
available in open repositories. This practice is called self-archiving and it is mandated by an increasing number of funders and institutions.

PowerPoint presentation October 2018

4. Research data management

This seminar is an introduction to best practices for research data management. This includes how to write a solid data management plan, how to structure, document, and preserve the data during the project, and, finally, how to archive and share the data in suitable repositories. Participants also receive information about the UiT institutional archive, UiT Open Research Data, as well as the UiT principles and guidelines for research data management.

In the second half of the seminar, we split in two groups. Participants can choose between i) a group focusing on data containing sensitive information, and ii) a group focusing on data without sensitive information. 

PowerPoint presentations October 2018: Part 1: Introduction, Part 2: Data with sensitive informationPart 2: Data with non-sensitive information.

5. Reference management

This seminar introduces reference management and how reference management tools can be used in the various phases of the research process. The seminar will go in more detail into EndNote.
Part 1 is an introduction to EndNote, where focus lies on the basic functionalities of the software, such as creating an EndNote library and entering references into a Word document. Part 2 is an advanced course of EndNote, focusing on sharing, organizing and publishing references. Participants may participate in one or both parts.

PowerPoint presentations October 2018: Part 1: BasicPart 2: Advanced

Learning outcomes

Knowledge

  • Explain correct use of sources in an academic publication and questionable research practices.
  • Explain the purpose of literature search for the research process.
  • Explain the purpose and advantages of open science, for research and society in general.
  • Explain the main sections of a data management plan.

Skills

  • Cite academic work, including published research data, in line with existing norms and conventions.
  • Select and use scientific databases for advanced literature searches.
  • Build advanced searches, using operators (AND, OR, NOT) and search history.
  • Evaluate and select suitable publication channels for own research.
  • Find and use repositories for archiving text (publications/manuscripts) and research data.
  • Structure and document research data in line with good academic practice.

Competence

  • Carry out research with academic integrity.
  • Disseminate academic work in line with current publication trends and requirements.
  • Communicate with peers and the larger scholarly community about the concept of transparency of science.
  • Use the research support services at the University Library.

 

Reading list

Autumn 2018

 

Contact information

If you have questions or comments, please send an email to takecontrol@ub.uit.no


Good, independent and thorough use of sources is an important goal for academic writing in higher education. Failure to achieve this goal causes consequences in terms of poorer learning and poorer quality of academic texts and other expressions. In many cases, weak and unreliable use of sources will also constitute plagiarism, i.e. intentionally or un intentionally presenting someone else’s work as one’s own.

How can we prevent plagiarism in student works? What makes students resort to plagiarism? How we deal with plagiarism when it occurs?

The University Library and Result has developed a web-based course focusing on methods and strategies to prevent student plagiarism. It may be taken as an independent course individually or in groups. It is an open learning resource and has the following learning outcome:

This course will enable you to...

  • define plagiarism and identify instances of student plagiarism
  • make a qualified judgment regarding which cases you can deal with on you own, and which cases should be reported to the University Director
  • explain the most frequent causes for student plagiarism and use this knowledge in the preventive work on plagiarism in your own teaching
  • plan teaching activities that effectively help students avoid plagiarism
  • design assignments and exams that guide students away from plagiarism

 

This course is open to everyone and is free of charge. You will find it at uit.mooc.no.


Digital literacy has become a key theme at all higher education institutions and UiT The Arctic University of Norway is no exception. In order to increase the digital literacy of the employees and comply with future requirements and needs in the sector, Result has developed uDig, a MOOC-inspired course consisting of the following four modules:

  • Digitale læremidler i Fronter (Digital teaching aids in Fronter)
  • Bruk av video i undervisningen (Use of video in teaching)
  • Nettbaserte diskusjoner og webmøter i undervisning (Online discussions and meetings in teaching)
  • Studentaktive læringsformer (Student-active teaching methods)

For more information, please visit: http://result.uit.no/udig/


PhD on Track is a resource for PhD students who are beginning their research career, and who want to learn more about information- and literature for research purposes, and about how to publish research.

Go to PhD on Track