Scholarly Information Retrieval and Research Utilization 1

Course Code: GFOK115
Number of Credits: 1,5 HEC
Number of Participants: 24

Enrollment Spring 2018
2018-1: 13 - 15 March  -  Johanneberg Fully booked STAND-BY
2018-2: 10 -12 April  -  Lindholmen     Apply

Time Schedule (may change)
Day 1:   9.00-15.30
Day 2:  10.30-15.30
Day 3:   9.00-15.30

Dates for the next iteration in Autumn will be published starting w.10, 2018.

The aim of the course is to introduce PhD students to tools and scholarly information literacy skills to succeed in both their academic and professional careers.

Intended Learning Outcome
Upon on completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  • Efficiently retrieve from and use tools in databases
  • Grasp the importance of bibliometrics and its relevance to research evaluation and literature studies
  • To understand patents as a concept and information source
  • Discuss the principles of open access and open science publishing
Entrance Requirements
PhD student and young researchers

This course is eligible within the "Generic and Transferable Skills" course curriculum for PhD students at Chalmers University of Technology

Topics covered are:
  • Databases and Search Strategies 
  • Bibliometrics and Research Field Visualization
  • Patents
  • Open Access

Course Leader and Examiner
Marco Schirone (examiner) and Christina Johansson



Articles and other materials will be sent to participants 3 days ahead of course start.

A written assignment, participation in discussions, and attendance is mandatory to pass the course.  
Examination in the enrolled courses can be acquired within one year from the start. After the expiration date no missing assignments can be admitted and a participant should re-apply to another course occasion.


Stand-By seat means that the course is fully booked but you may be offered a seat if one becomes available.

Cancellation of participation in GTS courses should be notified as soon as possible and latest one week before start of course by sending an email to  In case of cancellation less than one week before the start your Deputy Head of Department will be informed to support your future planning.

Published: Wed 14 Sep 2016. Modified: Thu 22 Feb 2018