Checking date: 05/07/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Information Skills
Study: Dual Bachelor in Law and Economics (230)

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

Students are expected to have completed
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
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: - Data, information and knowledge. - Competences in information. - Sources of information: typology and location - Evaluation of information resources. UNIT 2: ETHICAL USE OF INFORMATION: CITATION AND REFERENCES: - Ethics and intellectual property. - The academic work without plagiarism. - Create in text citations and bibliographic references. - Present and organize references. - Software products for generating and managing citations and bibliographies. UNIT 3. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL: GENERAL RESOURCES: - Basic concepts of Information Retrieval - Information search processes in electronic environments - Multidisciplinary databases. - Internet search tools. UNIT 4. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL: THEMATIC AND SPECIALIZED RESOURCES - Gateway, Portals and specialized databases - Selection of online resources - New spaces of knowledge interaction
Learning activities and methodology
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 skills and abilities (2 ECTS), through case-studies oriented to information seeking in web sources, analysis of these sources, evaluation of the results, presentation and citation of content. Some of the student assignments will be done in the informatics classroom with direct supervision of the teacher. Others could be done on outside regular classes, with the support and control of the teacher. These are in particular oriented on the acquisition and development of practical skills. The tutorships schedule will be available on the respective space at Aula Global.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
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:
  • Díez Carrera, Carmen. La biblioteca digital. Gijón: Trea. 2013
  • 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.

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