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Health and Social Studies guide

Guide for information resources in Health and Social Studies

Types of information

Information sources contain information for different needs: 

  • Everyday life information
  • Professional information
  • Official / governmental information
  • Research information

Next step: Evaluate information and think about source criticism!


Publishing channels

The Jamk's instructions for the thesis guide you to writing and publishing the thesis. The vast majority of Jamk's theses are published in the Theseus - Open Repository of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences.

Common publishing channels include:

  • journals
  • publication series
  • conferences
  • network platforms

Select the publication channel according to your target audience. A scientific article is worth publishing in a scientific journal, an article aimed at professionals in the professional journal. In a periodical or newspaper, the expert is most often the interviewee, not as the author of the case.

Also, the conference can be scientific or professional. Conference publication is a compilation work on seminar presentations, it can contain either whole articles made on the basis of presentations or just abstracts. Sometimes conference articles are published as a special issue of a scientific journal. 

The publications channels used by Finnish higher education institutions and research institutions can be browsed in the ( service. In addition to publications, there is extensive information on Finnish research, such as research projects and organizational research infrastructures.

Official resources in Health

What are the sources you can trust? Where is the expert knowledge and the govenmental information?


Assessment belongs to every stage of the process. This figure reminds of assessment and evaluation in the different situations.

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Referencing data

You can also use data (e.g. dataset or datafile) as a source of information, for example research data collected by someone else or open data generated by some public organization. The data must also be cited to so that others can find the material and the data maker gets a merit from the use of their data. Learn how to refer to data, for example, with the guide from Aalto University.