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Graduate Information Literacy Skills


Unit 1:  Research Resource Discovery

Unit 2:  Using the web effectively and evaluating research resource results

Unit 3:  Tracking down results and keeping up to date

Unit 4:  Managing your information using EndNote

Unit 5:  Ethics in using information

Unit 6:  Publishing and disseminating your research

Unit 7:  Using Archives and Special Collections for research in Ireland (optional)

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Module Information

PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy Skills

Co-ordinator: Richard Bradfield, Liaison Librarian

Module Objective:
To give postgraduate students an introduction to the principles and practice of Information Literacy, as applied to PhD research; to enable postgraduate students to audit and update their Information Literacy Skills by expanding and acquiring a portfolio of Information Literacy Skills; to develop those skills which will enhance the quality of their research and expand their career opportunities in our knowledge-based economy.

Students who register for the module will undertake a series of face-to-face sessions. For the award of 5 credits students must attend all core units and complete a short assessment on the relevance of what they have learned to their own research. 

Learning Outcomes:
Develop effective strategies to locate and access relevant information

  • Analyse and critically evaluate research findings (yours & others)
  • Demonstrate and apply a range of these skills as part of your wider research portfolio
  • Develop effective approaches to keep up to date with the latest research in your area
  • Manage your research information saving valuable time and effort
  • Identify the legal and ethical issues relating to the use of information
  • Publish and present information in an effective way
  • Justify the application of these information literacy skills to your specific research

Target Audience: PhD & Research Masters 
This module will be run separately for the relevant students in CACSSS, and SEFS and Medicine & Health

Duration: 20 hours

Credit Weighting: 5 credits 

Proposed Start Date:  
Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences 12-15 November 2018 (block delivery)
Science Engineering & Food Sciences and Medicine and Health 11-14 February 2019 (block delivery)


To register for either the CACSSS or SEFS delivery please contact:

Email:  Phone: +353 (21) 490-3971

Places will be limited in the formal module so early application is advisable.

"It is a very good course. All researchers should do it." Comment from Nov 2017 student