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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Information Systems

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
5
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 2, 3 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

During the course, the students learn to apply information resources and specialized software to preparing analytical literature reviews (bibliographic databases – Web of Science, Scopus) and reviewing the media data (news databases – Integrum, Factiva). We discuss the strategies of information retrieval and the principles of organizing literature review, including the citation practices. The large part of the course is devoted to the principles of working with bibliographic databases: composing search query to gather citation data, using the in-built instruments to analyze scientific trends, exporting the data from the database. Using the obtained data, students practice building citation maps in the scientific landscape visualizing software (VOSviewer and CitNetExplorer) and write a literature review in a chosen field. A separate part of the course is devoted to working with news databases. In the last chapter of the course, the strategies of literature synthesis and writing the review are discussed.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To introduce the methods of working with academic and news databases, conducting systematic literature searches and preparing literature reviews
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • work with bibliographic and news databases;
  • find relevant data and academic literature
  • apply network methods to analyze citation data
  • use the results of analysis to prepare literature reviews
  • find relevant data and academic literature;
  • apply network methods to analyze citation data;
  • use the results of analysis to prepare literature reviews.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Principles of literature review organization
    Lecture 1. Introduction to reviewing the literature. Principles of writing a literature review. Seminar 1. Course organization and policies. Academic ethics and plagiarism. Resources for information retrieval. Working with HSE e-resources. Working in the computer class.
  • Principles of working with citation databases (Web of Science and Scopus)
    Seminar 2. From research interest to research topic: constructing subject and object of research. Adapting the topic for bibliographic databases: keywords. Tutorial 1. Introduction to bibliographic databases. Writing a query. Tutorial 2. Topic detective game. Topic focusing and expanding. Optimizing the scope of the review. Filtering results. Seminar 3. Academic citations. Working with citation software. Zotero/Mendeley. Seminar 4. Introduction to bibliographic networks. Citation practices. Predecessors/successors in citation networks. Network clustering.
  • Creating bibliographic maps in VOSViewer and CitNetExplorer
    Seminars 5&6. Exporting search results. VOSviewer interface. Term maps. Co-citation and bibliographic coupling maps. Tutorial 3. Interpreting VOSviewer maps. Tutorials 4&5. CitNetExplorer. Dynamics in citation networks.
  • Principles of working with news databases (Integrum, Factiva)
    Seminar 7. Working with the news databases. Tutorial 6. Studying the dynamics of the research field.
  • Strategies of literature synthesis and writing techniques
    Seminars 8&9. Academic reading and writing tips. Structuring a literature review. Seminar 10. Discussing excerpts from literature reviews. Seminars 11&12. Mini-conference: sharing preliminary results. Discussing assessment criteria. Seminar 13. Q&A session.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Reading Log
  • non-blocking Home and in-class practice
  • non-blocking Literature Review
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    The grade consists of several components: Preparation & Participation, Literature Review Preparation, Analyzing Research. Preparation & Participation (PP) With the home and in-class practice, only the fact of submitting some answer to the task is counted. The primary point of this grade component is to secure enough practice to prepare the student for writing a high-quality literature review. The submissions receive a timely feedback but no grade. Literature Review Preparation (LR) This activity implies a wrap-up of the exploratory project that the student has conducted throughout the course. The review is submitted in two stages and counted if it has received a passing grade at any stage. Reading Log (RL) Each student will complete four reading logs with a more in-depth analysis of the selected papers from their field of interest. Each log is assessed as 0-25 points. The grade for the component is calculated as the sum of the grades for each reading log. The resulting grade specification is as follows: 10: >80% PP and LR and >80 pts RL 9: >80% PP and LR and 61-80 pts RL 8: 71-80% PP and LR and 61-80 pts RL 7: 71-80% PP and LR and 41-60 pts RL 6: 60-70% PP and LR and 41-60 pts RL 5: 60-70% PP and LR and 26-40 pts RL 4: 60-70% PP and LR and 10-25 pts RL 3, 2, 1: < 60% PP or Not pass LR or < 10 pts RL Grade Preparation & Participation Literature Review Reading Logs 10 > 80% of home & in-class practice Passing grade for theLiterature review >80 pts 9 61-80 pts 8 71-80% of home & in-class practice 7 41-60 pts 6 60-70% of home & in-class practice 5 26-40 pts 4 10-25 pts 3 <60% of home practice OR Not Pass for the Literature review OR < 10 pts for the Reading log 2 1
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Davies, J., Goker, A., & Wiley InterScience (Online service). (2009). Information Retrieval : Searching in the 21st Century. Chichester, U.K.: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=308933
  • Wang, G. T., & Park, K. (2016). Student Research and Report Writing : From Topic Selection to the Complete Paper. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1108252

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Martín-Martín, A., Orduna-Malea, E., Thelwall, M., & López-Cózar, E. D. (2018). Google Scholar, Web of Science, and Scopus: a systematic comparison of citations in 252 subject categories. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2018.09.002