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About this Guide

In this guide you can find materials to help you seek and evaluate information. The guide provides support for classroom learning of information skills as well as independent studying.

The Library Services provides instruction in library use and information seeking to all students of South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk). The objective of the instruction is that students understand all stages of the information seeking process and master the basics of independent and efficient information retrieval from sources of their own field. Information retrieval skills are useful in the course of studies and later on also in professional life. There is an abundance of information available and the best way to deal with it is by acquiring good skills in seeking and evaluating information.

Start your information seeking journey and go to Kaakkuri! From Kaakkuri you can find all the printed and e-materials Xamk provides for the students.

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Why study information seeking?

In today's world information changes and evolves all the time. Therefore, the ability to seek and retrieve the most relevant and accurate materials from the flood of information is even more important than before. An information literate person knows how to retrieve, locate, evaluate, apply and absorb information. Information seeking skills are essential to the development of information literacy. Efficient information seeking skills improve your workflow and help in achieving high-quality results both in academic and professional life.

Do you need help in information retrieval?

You can contact information specialist in your campus. Here is their contact information.

Kotka campus
Pekka Malvela
044 702 8461 

Henni Laitala
044 702 8542 

Kouvola campus
Oili Valtonen
044 702 8570

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Mikkeli campus
Terhi Kaipainen
050 312 4965 

Savonlinna campus
Tapio Salmela
050 312 4973​​

Thesis Workshops

Thesis Workshops offer support for academic writing and references, text and tables, research tools (SPSS, Excel, Webpropol) and publication (Urkund, Theseus). The workshops are not compulsory but open for all students from different fields. Select your campus and sign in one week beforehand. Use the registration for the campuses. Information of the dates and registration forms are in Student.

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Feedback on information skills guidance

You can give us feedback about our information skills guidance. Library Services use feedback to improve guidance. Thank you for answering!

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