LI106N Information Searching 1,5 hp

Information Searching

The course is web-based within the course-platform Ping Pong.

The course will give you basic knowledge in how to acquire information from databases, the Internet and with the help of library catalogues.

Kursomgång och genomförande

Kursomgångar saknas för tidigare och kommande terminer, samt för innevarande termin.


Innehåll och lärandemål

Kursinnehåll *

More specifically, on completion of the course, the student shall be able to:
 * present and describe the various channels of communication in the sciences and in research and the importance of each
 * use the most important databases within his or her area of study, as well as other electronic and print sources of information
  - for both simple and complex searches
  - using a wide variety of user interfaces, including those with which the student has no   prior experience
 * navigate through the major computer-based catalogues in international public libraries as well as the major bibliographic networks, in order to best utilise these and other library resources
 * when necessary, obtain documents through sources other than the library
 * critically assess the source, content and reliability of information which is retrieved.

Lärandemål *

On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:
 * critically analyse and formulate his or her information needs, and
 * select - from several alternatives - the most effective way of satisfying those needs.


Ingen information tillagd

Kurslitteratur och förberedelser

Särskild behörighet *

Students should have knowledge within a given area equivalent to at least three years’ full-time university studies, and must be able to express themselves fluently in English in that area. Without this knowledge, they will be unable to formulate appropriate and applicable search profiles and to analyse the search results.

Rekommenderade förkunskaper

Basic knowledge in your own subject area corresponding to at least three years of study in a relevant program in a technical university or the equivalent.
The most common Swedish and English technical terms within your own subject area.
Fair knowledge in the use of computers.


Access to a computer with an Internet connection and web browser is an absolute requirement. Students should obtain a library card from the KTH Library before starting the course.


Course literature is listed in the description of the course available in Bilda, as well as on the Internet, and includes:
 * "Into Info", a system of programs for learning about how to obtain and handle information in engineering, science and medicine
 * "Information Retrieval, When? Where? How?", KTHB’s introduction to information searching.
 * Handouts.
 * "VÄGAR TILL VETENSKAPLIG INFORMATION" by E Kihlén, A Lantz 3:e Rev Uppl, 2005 may also be used, provided that the student can read and understand Swedish.

Examination och slutförande

När kurs inte längre ges har student möjlighet att examineras under ytterligare två läsår.

Betygsskala *

P, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work 1, 0,7 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory Work 2, 0,8 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Examinator beslutar, baserat på rekommendation från KTH:s samordnare för funktionsnedsättning, om eventuell anpassad examination för studenter med dokumenterad, varaktig funktionsnedsättning.

Examinator får medge annan examinationsform vid omexamination av enstaka studenter.

Övriga krav för slutbetyg *

A pass mark requires satisfactory results in
1. Exercises and assignments,
2. Examination, and
3. A written report of searches carried out in an area chosen by the student.

Möjlighet till komplettering

Ingen information tillagd

Möjlighet till plussning

Ingen information tillagd


Mikael Danielsson

Etiskt förhållningssätt *

  • Vid grupparbete har alla i gruppen ansvar för gruppens arbete.
  • Vid examination ska varje student ärligt redovisa hjälp som erhållits och källor som använts.
  • Vid muntlig examination ska varje student kunna redogöra för hela uppgiften och hela lösningen.

Ytterligare information


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ECE/Ämnessökning och -kurser

Huvudområde *


Utbildningsnivå *



Ingen information tillagd


Göran Hamrin, ankn. 8951, Mikael Danielsson, ankn. 8957, Rosa Lönneborg,, Maria Unger,

Övrig information

Application is via or via your study advisor.

Please note! Many of our courses overlap each other in content. Therefore, generally only one such course can be counted towards your degree. This rule is applicable for all our basic courses, except LI1171 and LI116N, though this also applies to LI1171 and LI116N with respect to one another.

The introductory meetings at KTH Campus Valhallavägen are held at KTH Main Library, Osquars Backe 31.