BIBLIOPATENTE: introduction to bibliographic research

Part of the

Pathway in INFODOCPASS: cercare informazioni e documenti nel web X.0

A partire dal 20 dicembre non sarà più possibile iscriversi al corso.  This MOOC is the second and last part of INFODOCPASS, an online journey through the world of digital information to tackle the issue of web research through the perspective of so-called information literacy. What does it mean now for students to be able to orient themselves autonomously in a still “hybrid” but hyperconnected library? How can we cope with the variety of information sources and that of both digital and traditional devices? What tools can we use and how can we choose the ones suited to our needs? Are google-like quick search boxes, simple search interfaces and mobile apps always the best choice? How can you recognize both traditional and digital documents and cite them in a research paper? What is a citation style? How can you carry out a “speed reading” of a book or an article?  Can you recognize a correct source processing from a suspicious patchwork of bits and pieces of somebody’s else ideas? And how can you face without risks the rules of academic integrity and deal with the ghost of plagiarism?  We will try to answer all these questions and also offer causes for reflection to face the topic of online bibliographic research from a new perspective, different from the idea that “if it’s too inconvenient I’m not going after it” (Connaway et al., 2011), abandoning the existing preconceptions we often have regarding online research as multitasking digital citizens accustomed to information pollution.

Attendance and Credentials

Attendance Certificate


Social Science

Training hours




Course Mode

Self Paced




2 weeks



Course Status


Enrollments Start

Jan 25, 2019

Course Opens

Feb 21, 2019

Course Closed

Dec 31, 2020
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • find your way around any library and talk to librarians using the same lexis 
  • choose among different bibliographic tools according to your search targets 
  • identify different types of bibliographic documents just from a quick glance at their bibliographic citation 
  • undertake a proper bibliographic search in modern opacs and gain detailed knowledge of our Sebina opac using all its potentialities, even as registered users
  • trace which library owns the documents you need and ask how to borrow them 
  • search by subject even by using the advanced search box of your opac and Boolean logic 
  • optimise study time in your library reading room by using data organizing skills and speed reading techniques of books and academic articles 
  • keep plagiarism risks under control and acquire knowledge of know basic academic integrity rules in using sources

È vivamente consigliabile aver precedentemente completato il Mooc INFOPATENTE o averne almeno verificato i contenuti e accertato di essere a conoscenza dei temi ivi trattati.  

Si segnala anche che dal 2020 i due moocs (Infopatente e Bibliopatente) che compongono il percorso INFODOCPASS sono inseriti sulla piattaforma S.O.F.I.A del MIUR tra i corsi proposti dall’Università di Parma ai fini dell’aggiornamento professionale del personale scolastico (ID iniziativa 36191, ID edizione 52814). Per info vedi

The course is based exclusively on original teaching materials made accessible to the learners via the course iself or highlighted in bibliographies at the end of each unit. There’s no need to buy textbooks.

This course is asynchronous and consists of short narrative videolessons, infographics and further study activities followed by interactive evaluation exercises and self-paced tests. If you intend to obtain the final INFODOCSPASS certificate it is strongly recommended to attend this course in chronological order that is to say after the course INFOPATENTE.
You can earn Attendance Certificate and Open badge by completing the final activities in the sections MATERIALI DIDATTICI e METTITI ALLA PROVA.



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