Checking date: 10/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Information Skills
Study: Bachelor in Sociology (208)

Coordinating teacher: ARAGON GONZALEZ, INES

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Library Science and Documentation

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
At the completion of this course, students will - Understand the importance of resource-based learning and research. - Recognize information problems and develop effective strategies to solve them. - Become familiar with general and specialized information sources, and be able to determine their appropriateness for the task at hand. - Determine the reliability and quality of information and its sources. - Develop their information retrieval skills, improving the precision and efficiency of their searches. - Use information ethically, avoiding plagiarism, and following academic conventions and professional requirements.
Description of contents: programme
UNIT 1. WHERE TO FIND RELIABLE INFORMATION - Learn to use your Library. (UC3M Library) - Competencies in information. The systematic process of searching and using information. - Sources of information: typology of documents of habitual use in the academic field and the main reliable sources for its obtaining. UNIT 2. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL: GENERAL RESOURCES - Basic concepts of information retrieval. - Processes and tools in the search for electronic information. - Knowledge and use of the main databases and multidisciplinary academic search engines. UNIT 3. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL: THEMATIC AND SPECIALIZED RESOURCES - Knowledge and use of the main specialized databases (according to area of knowledge) - New spaces for interaction with knowledge. Social networks as a source of scientific information. - Criteria for evaluating information resources on the web. The fake news. UNIT 4. ETHICAL USE OF INFORMATION: CITATION AND REFERENCES - Ethics and intellectual property. The academic work without plagiarism. - Create and manage in text citations and bibliographic references. Present and organize references. - Software products for generating and managing citations and bibliographies.
Learning activities and methodology
TEACHING IS FULL TAUGHT IN THE SYNCHRONOUS AND INTERACTIVE ONLINE MODALITY THROUGH BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE Acquisition of theoretical knowledge (1 ECTS), through lectures, teaching materials prepared by the teacher, online tutorials, specialized reading, and the students' personal study, related to theoretical competences. Acquisition of practical skills and abilities (2 ECTS), through case-studies oriented to information seeking in web sources, analysis of these sources, evaluation of results, presentation and citation of content. These assignments will be in particular oriented on the acquisition and development of practical skills. The days and hours of tutorship sessions for each group will be available in the course space in Aula Global.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Basic Bibliography
  • Bobish, Greg y Jacobson, Trudi (ed.). The Information Literacy User´s Guide: An Open, Online Textbook. Geneseo, NY: State University of New York at Geneseo, . 2014. Disponible en:
  • Pacios Lozano, Ana R. (coord.) . Técnicas de búsqueda y uso de la información. Madrid: Editorial Universitaria Ramón Areces,. 2013

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.