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Information Systems

2017/2018
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
5
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
2 year, 2, 3 module

Instructor


Voskresensky, Vadim

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 a 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. The last part of the course is devoted to working with news databases.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • introduce the methods of working with academic and news databases
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • be able to work with various types of databases used for academic and news analytics
  • be able to find relevant data and academic literature
  • be able to apply social network analysis methods to analyze citation data
  • be able to use the results obtained during the preparation of analytical reviews for their coursework
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Principles of the literature review organization
    1) Introduction to reviewing the literature. Principles of writing a literature review. 2) Course organization and policies. Resources for information retrieval. From research interest to research topic: constructing subject and object of research. Adapting the topic for bibliographic databases: keywords.
  • Principles of working with citation databases (Web of Science and Scopus)
    3) Introduction to bibliographic databases. Writing a query. 4) Introduction to bibliographic networks. Citation practices. Predecessors/successors in citation networks. Network clustering. 5) Modifying the query for bibliometric databases. Data export. Citation software.
  • Creating bibliographic maps in VOSViewer and CitNetExplorer
    6) VOSviewer interface. Term maps. Co-citation and bibliographic coupling maps. 7) CitNetExplorer. Dynamics in citation networks. 8) Academic reading and writing tips. Structuring a literature review. 9) Analysing citation maps. Reporting the findings.
  • Principles of working with news databases (Integrum, Factiva)
    10) Working with news databases
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Homework assignments
  • non-blocking Final Project and Presentation
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.6 * Final Project and Presentation + 0.4 * Homework assignments
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 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

  • 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