Library’s checklist for preparing master’s thesis

Gathering literature for your thesis requires skills for information searching. Where to search for, how to perform a query? Revise and update your knowledge with open study materials.

There are several literature databases available, which one is the best for me? Check it from the discipline-specific services.



If you need guidance in information searching, you can book an appointment with information specialist.
Or you can ask instruction for a small group of fellow students wrestling with similar questions. Send an email to[at]

In Joensuu Campus Library there is open guidance time every Monday to Friday at 11.30-13.30. See more information about guidance.



You can get hold on the materials easily if they belong to the library collection (printed or electronic). You need your UEF username and password when accessing the electronic material outside of the campus network.
You can always try your luck with Google. Open access publications can be reached quickly. Books and articles can be requested from other libraries, if the publication does not belong to library’s own collection. Read more about interlibrary loans.

If the book you need is quite recent and other people might also take advantage of it, you can place an acquisition request. The library may then consider purchasing the book for the collection.



Thesis guides and other methodology books are among the most popular resources of the library. Therefore, remember the online resources, for instance SAGE Research Methods. This is a quick glance through resources in UEF Primo.



Did you know that there are programs available for managing the references you collect? These programs can also create a custom bibliography and even insert citations in your manuscript.
Rewforks and Mendeley are examples of reference management programs. Read more about them here.

Even if you don’t use a reference management program, always remember to save the citation information of your sources!



If your thesis contains research data collected by yourself, you can consider archiving it for further use. This is worthwhile especially if the dataset is extensive and of high quality.
On the other hand, you might utilize research data the others have given in openly available. Read more about storing research data.



When your thesis is ready for submitting for an assessment, it must contain an abstract page with keywords given by yourself. It is wise to use a thesaurus for selecting proper keywords – the common language helps both information seekers and providers.

General Finnish ontology YSO is one option for a thesaurus. If you cannot find a suitable term from YSO, other terms are allowed as well.

You only need a couple of keywords – make sure that they describe the most essential content of your thesis.



The library will publish your thesis. You don’t need to do anything – the library will get the manuscript automatically when it is accepted and graded. UEF ePublications is the final destination of your thesis.

When you submit your thesis into UEF//e-services for evaluating, you are asked about the publicity of your thesis. We recommend the open access - your thesis can quite well be useful and of interest to other students and public.

In every October the library will draw lots for a stipend of 100 euro between all the students who publish their thesis openly.