Research4Life MOOC

Our MOOCs help users get the most out of Research4Life and its five collections: Hinari, AGORA, OARE, ARDI and GOALI. The course is delivered once or twice a year. Since 2019, nine courses have been conducted. 9740 individuals have accessed the course and 4217 (43.30%) have completed the final exam and received a certificate of achievement.

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Upcoming courses

Register for the Research4Life MOOC 9th Edition27 May – 30 June 2024

Before registering for the course, check if you have a login to Research4Life. If you are not sure, talk to your librarian or contact the Research4Life helpdesk. If you don’t have access, your institution might qualify for access!

The course material are also available to download as PowerPoint presentations. They can be useful to refresh your knowledge about Research4Life as well as in online or face-to-face trainings.

Who should apply?

The five-week virtual course (MOOC) is targeted at English-speaking librarians, information professionals, IT specialists, researchers, academics, lecturers, educators, students including graduates and postgraduates, and professionals, such as doctors, policy makers, extensionists, lawyers, social workers, and statisticians in the Research4Life eligible countries and institutions.

The target audience for this MOOC is aligned with Research4Life’s eligibility criteria

Eligible institutions include national universities, professional schools (in medicine, agriculture, pharmacy, public health, socio-legal studies, engineering, etc.), research institutes, teaching hospitals, healthcare centers, government offices, national libraries, agricultural extension centers, and local non-governmental organizations.

How much time does it take?

Participants are expected to spend on average six to eight hours per week on lessons and activities, such as contributing to discussion forums and webinars.

What do you get from this course?

The MOOC allows participants to study their area of interest throughout a five-week period. The course covers topics such as the scholarly communication landscape, information literacy skills, advocacy and capacity development strategies. Additionally, it provides specific information about using the Research4Life Unified Content Portal and the discipline specific (Hinari, AGORA, OARE, ARDI and GOALI) collections.

Participants of the course will be provided with a Certificate of Attendance after completing the exam at the end of the course. Those who pass the exam with a grade of at least 7.0, will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Course content

Module 1: Scholarly communication and Research4Life: overview on scholarly communication, the publishing landscape, key concepts about Research4Life including the details about the partnership, programmes, eligibility criteria and registration. Lessons included in this module are:

  • Lesson 1.1: Scientific landscape
  • Lesson 1.2: Research assessment and bibliometrics
  • Lesson 1.3: Research4Life

Module 2: Discovery and re-use of scholarly literature explains key concepts of information literacy skills and competencies, including academic ethics, licensing and academic collaboration tools. Lessons included in this module are:

  • Lesson 2.1: Identifying information sources
  • Lesson 2.2: Using information resources
  • Lesson 2.3: Copyright, licensing and ethical considerations
  • Lesson 2.4: Citing, reference management and collaboration tools

Module 3: Collection-specific browsing and searching discusses the Research4Life Unified Content Portal and the five Research4Life collections, including how to conduct discipline-specific searches, an introduction to Summon to search across all Research4Life resources and the bibliometric analysis tools Scopus, the Lens and Dimensions, which are available through Research4Life. Lessons included in this module are:

  • Lesson 3.1: Research4Life Unified Content Portal
  • Lesson 3.2: Search across Research4Life collections
  • Lesson 3.3: Research assessment tools

Module 4: Additional discipline-specific resources in the five main disciplines of the Research4Life collections. Lessons included in this module are:

  • Lesson 4.1.1: Health sciences
  • Lesson 4.1.2: Evidence-based medicine
  • Lesson 4.2: Agriculture
  • Lesson 4:3 Environment
  • Lesson 4:4 Development and Innovation
  • Lesson 4:5 Global Justice
  • Lesson 4.6: Interdisciplinary resources

Module 5: Dissemination of research output discusses how to disseminate research output, prepare a manuscript for publication, identify the appropriate journal, understand the scholarly publishing and peer review processes and how to promote and monitor your research. Lessons included are:

  • Lesson 5.1. Writing for research
  • Lesson 5.2. Publishing a research article

Module 6: Advocate on Research4Life and facilitate capacity development teaches you how to design advocacy strategies to address decision-makers and upper management. It also guides you on how to train local groups on how to use Research4Life. Lessons included in this module are:

  • Lesson 6.1: Research4Life Advocacy Toolkit
  • Lesson 6.2: Training your audience on how to use Research4Life


At the end of the course, participants do a graded online exam. There are two types of certification for this course:

  • Certificate of Attendance: for those who complete and submit the exam at the end of the course
  • Certificate of Achievement: for those who complete the exam with 7.0 and higher mark.

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