Study information seeking independently
Open to everybody, everywhere and at any time: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and learning materials on information seeking.
Start from the ba­sics: Stu­dent's Digital Skills

The learning material orients you to the digital environment of the University of Helsinki. The course section on information seeking introduces Helsinki University Library services and instructs you on how to search for information. The material itself is open to all, but to complete the course and gain credits for it, you must have the right to pursue studies at the University of Helsinki.

MOOC: Infor­mation Seek­ing and Man­age­ment for Thesis Writers

Participate in this open online course whenever and wherever it fits into your schedule. This course is primarily designed for students about to start working on their bachelor's or master's thesis.  

The course is suitable for self-access learning and its completion will take 14 hours of study. You can also complete the course without University of Helsinki credentials. Register for the course on the website.

Instructions for MOOC course participants

The topics examined during the course are part of academic skills, which require a lifetime of practice and maintenance.  

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and use appropriate online databases to locate material relevant to their research topic
  • Automate citations/bibliographies in their workflow using reference management software
  • Understand how reference management software can be used as personal research databases
  • Evaluate the academic quality of found material and describe the peer review process
  • Recognize important themes in research ethics such as what academic integrity entails
  • Describe the basics of quantitative research evaluation and understand that this approach is only common in the natural and life sciences (with still large differences between fields)
  • Know the practices and support channels for open science related topics at our university 

The course involves seeking information on a chosen topic and practising the use of the information seeking tools introduced on the course. 

How to register:  

  1. Click on the title of the course you want to take. 
  1. Sign in using the Haka login with your University of Helsinki credentials. 
  1.  Enrol on the course: In the course area, select the Course Dashboard on the left side of the page. 
  • You can create a new user account for the platform if you do not have a user ID enabling the Haka login.
  • You can also log in as a guest without a user account, which enables you to browse the course materials but not to complete the course.  

Link to the course: 

Watch the instructional video on registering for MOOCs (in Finnish) on the Library’s YouTube channel. 

The course can be completed, and is available, throughout the academic year. In the summer, the course will be redesigned and modified.


You can complete a part of the course, but you will only receive a certificate if you have successfully completed all compulsory assignments.  

You can print out the certificate from the course area after completing all of the compulsory assignments.

Guides for self-study