Module Database Search

Module Title
Information Studies

Information searching, bibliographic sources, search language, media, information services.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedAugust 2002
ApprovedMay 2006
AmendedApril 2007
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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry requirements.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide the student with the ability to evaluate the sources of information and the manner in which information may be mediated in response to the full range of information need, both organisational and individual.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the major tools of bibliographic control of monographs, journal literature and other significant categories.
2. Evaluate the execution and the results of specific searches for information.
3. Critically appraise the role and value of information services in both public and private sectors.
4. Justify the most appropriate sources of information in a range of different contexts.
5. Analyse the needs of user communities in order to design and implement effective information provision.

Indicative Module Content

Bibliographic control of monographs, journal literature, grey literature, government publications, technical literature and A/V materials. Quick reference sources of information - encyclopedias, dictionaries, data-books - strengths and limitations; variety of physical format. Electronic sources of information. Sources of public affairs information, legislation, statistics, current affairs, the Health Service. Sources of business information, financial management, documentation and records management.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimeDistance Learning

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Lectures, practical laboratories, groupworks and tutorials.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5

Coursework 1 consists of the compilation of a subject bibliography, which should demonstrate critical understanding of the principles involved in identifying appropriate sources as well as analysing, arranging and presenting the literature of a subject in a manner likely to be of optimum benefit to the user. The bibliography will be accompanied by a search strategy report, which should include an explanation and assessment of the quality of the chosen search strategy, an evaluation of the suitability of the sources used and an examination of the content of the bibliography.

Indicative Bibliography

1.CASE, D.O., 2012. Looking for information: a survey of research on information seeking, needs, and behavior. 3rd ed. Amsterdam: Academic Press.
2.GODWIN, P. and PARKER, J. (eds.) 2012. Information literacy beyond library 2.0. London: Facet Publishing
3.FISHER, K. E., ERDELEZ, S., and MCKECHNIE, E. F., 2005. eds. Theories of information behavior. Medford, NJ: Information Today.
4.HEARST, M.A., 2009. Search user interfaces. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
5.RUMSEY, S., 2008. How to find information: a guide for researchers. 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
6.SHAH, S., 2012. Collaborative information seeking: the art and science of making the whole greater than the sum of all. Dordrecht: Springer

Additional Notes

In addition to the above bibliography, students will be directed to monographs and journal articles relating to the specific aspects of the syllabus as the course progresses.

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