PhD Courses in Denmark

Improve your research - academic search, data management and scholarly communication for PhD students - Spring 2022

Graduate School, Arts at Aarhus University


The overall aim of the course is to strengthen the general academic skills of first year PhD students at the Faculty of Arts.

In order to help the student get a comprehensive view of the research within their field, the two-day course will give the doctoral student and understanding of how to navigate digital resources, how to conduct an academic search, and how to use the tools available to follow the latest research.

Conducting a literature review also involves critically reading and writing about prior scholarly work pertinent to a research project. The course includes an introduction to this subject.

To better understand the characteristics of academic publishing, we discuss different aspects of scholarly communication, including what to consider when publishing in Open Access, how to handle copyright issues, and the challenges of the peer review process.

The course will also give insights into how data management supports research projects and give an understanding of current policies and principles. We will think through workflows, how to make data management plans and how to apply in practice the general rules of FAIR data management.

The course will cover the following areas:

  • An overview of the Royal Library’s facilities and services.
  • An introduction to various academic databases, reference books and full-text digital resources.
  • How to find the latest research, and how to get automated updates on specific academic areas (amongst others, we cover Open Access and institutional repositories).
  • An introduction to tools for monitoring searches, journals and citations.
  • Different aspects of scholarly publications and publication strategy.
  • A workshop on the role of the literature review in the dissertation.
  • Data management practices with emphasis on FAIR principles.


The overall aim of the course is to strengthen the general academic skills of first year PhD students at the Faculty of Arts.


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Chapter 1+6 in: Hart, C. (1998). Doing a literature review: releasing the social science research imagination. London: Sage Publications.

NOTE: Preparation includes some e-learning modules for Data Management

Target group:

Early stage PhD




Lectures, group work, hands on sessions, and a home assignment.




Hazel Engelsmann

Katrine Düring Davidsen

Stacey Cozart

Dates and time:

8 February & 23 February 2022 at 9.30-16.00


Campus Emdrup - to be announced later

Application deadline:

Please sign up via this link no later than the 8 January 2022.