1. Module: The basics of information retrieval

In this module you will
  • analyze the research topic for the purposes of information search
  • select the valid search terms of proper format
  • combine terms for queries
  • apply queries to user interfaces of databases
To complete this module
  1. Register yourself to this module in Peppi, see the course information (opens in new window).
  2. Read all the study material, and watch all the linked and embedded videos.
  3. Answer the quiz (Moodle) (opens in new window).

NB: This module is 100% self-studying.


There are some basic elements that are used while searching information from publication databases. Conceptualizing the search topic is an elementary skill for all information searching. The database functionalities and general principles of search technique, like truncation, phrase searching and using Boolean operators are in principle the same for every search system. In this module, these generic rules are explained. However, their implementation to various databases in not covered.

To learn more about applying search technique in specific databases and their special attributes and tools, please select the Module 2 Discipline-specific information retrieval.

(4/2022 RH)