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.


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,


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, manage and treat references, handling scientific research data, and being up-to-date about open access publication.

Take control of your PhD Journey is an annual seminar series designed for PhD students, coming from all fields of study. There is no previous knowledge required (The EndNote advanced seminar requires a basic knowledge of the software), but experience with the research process is highly recommended. Note that at present, the seminar series does not provide the participant with any ECTS points.



Seminar on the issue of academic integrity and plagiarism in academia, where we look at selected cases of academic misconduct and, on a more general level, discuss why academia depends on being trusted by society. We also offer an introduction to the whys of sharing of scientific research data.


Seminar on the issue of doing systematic literature searches and how to use scientific databases. Four different versions, all dependent on which discipline the student is researching: Humanities, Social sciences, Technology and Natural sciences, and Medicine and Health sciences. (At present, PhD students in law follow a separate course).


Seminar on the issue of managing referencing through EndNote. Two different versions, all dependent on previous knowledge: The introductory course focuses on the basic functionalities of EndNote, such as creating an EndNote library and entering references into a Word document. The course for advanced users focuses on aspects of EndNote facilitating sharing, organising and publishing references.


Seminar on the issue of open access (OA) publishing, focusing on its advantages, both for the researcher and for society. It guides the students through self-archiving, finding the right OA publisher and applying to the UiT Publication Fund. It also provides information on archiving and sharing research data, and disseminating research through scientific social media.


Seminar on the issue of research data, focusing on the whys and hows of creating a Data Management Plan, e.g. how to manage, describe, archive and share research data.


If attending all individual seminars, the PhD student will be expected to have obtained the following learning outcomes:

•    Search scientific literature in relevant databases
•    Use EndNote for citing references as well as organising them
•    Search relevant Open Access publishers
•    Manage research data according to best practice
•    Find and use repositories for archiving manuscripts and research data

•    Know and explain the whys for the transparency of science (textual publications and research data)
•    Know and explain what is considered correct citation and plagiarism
•    Know and explain why systematic literature search is important
•    Know about advantages and disadvantages with open access
•    Know and explain best practice for research data management

For more information and registration, go to tavla

For further questions or comments, please send us an email at


Helene N. Andreassen, PhD
Lene Østvand, PhD

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

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:

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