A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Teaching aims to provide students with the basics of:
- acquire expertise to develop complex bibliography research strategies in your own disciplines, using both freely available tools on the network and resources provided by the University
- acquire skills for using excel software
Expected learning outcomes
Teaching aims to provide students with the basics of:
- acquire expertise to carry out bibliography research on databases, tabular and process research results on their own
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Most lessons will take place synchronously through the Teams platforms. If possible, some lessons will be organized in presence, following the indications provided by the University as concerns safety and social distancing, with simultaneous activation of the remote mode via Teams. All lessons will be recorded and made available to students on the Ariel platform, together with additional learning materials.
The course program and materials will not change.
During the emergency phase exams will be performed orally through Teams. Whenever possible, written exams will be organized in presence, following the indications concerning safety and social distancing. The possibility to perform the exam orally in remote mode will be anyway guaranteed for students living in other regions or countries, as well as for students with serious pathologies.
Course syllabus
- Resources for health research in the University's Digital Library
- Methodological basis of bibliographic research
- PubMed: structure of the database, tools for research, retrieval of results
- Embase: structure of the database, tools for research, retrieval of results-
- Mendeley for the management of bibliographies
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge required
Teaching methods
Laboratory teaching is delivered in blended mode by:
- Frontal lectures in the classroom
- Remote frontal lessons on Microsoft Teams platform in synchronous mode
- Lessons in asynchronous mode, through the viewing of video tutorials of 5/10 minutes available on the Ariel platform and on the Youtube channel of the University Library Service
- Guided exercises in the classroom
- Group exercises to be done at home
Teaching Resources
The adoption of textbooks is not envisaged; the teaching material (mainly in video format), is provided by the teacher during the lectures and, together with bibliographic references, is also made available with the support of the University ARIEL platform.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The assessment of the learning outcomes takes place through two tests:
- An oral presentation of the methodological phases of a bibliographic research, carried out as a group work on a specific topic previously agreed with the teachers; the test is not subject to evaluation
- A final written test consisting of a bibliographic research, performed individually; There are up to three exam sessions and the test is assessed in terms of passed / failed. The result is communicated through the Ariel platform. Failure to pass the final exam entails the obligation to repeat the laboratory the following year through a classroom exercise on an excel database.
- University credits: 5
Laboratories: 75 hours