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Study support - Study skills and study management

Information literacy course

The University Library (UBL) offers courses designed to improve information literacy in education and research, both online and in workshop form.

Target group


We can deliver academic skills teaching within your course or degree programme. Our sessions include:

  • Searching scholarly information
  • Evaluating information sources
  • Preventing plagiarism workshop
  • Thesis Workshop
  • Using the Special Collections
  • Reference Managers

Online workshops are possible via Kaltura or Teams. For more information see contact your subject librarian.

Teaching librarians customize each information literacy session to the specific needs and culture of your class and students. The following guidelines help ensure we create effective learning experiences:

  • Contact us at least two weeks before you’d like an instruction session.
  • Sessions are free of charge.
  • We strongly encourage you to be present for each instruction session. In our experience students are more engaged and have a more meaningful time in a library session when you are present. (Plus, we’ve had faculty tell us how much they learned about library resources and services, too!)
  • Sessions are most effective when held during class time.
  • Students benefit most when they have an existing class assignment in which they will use the principles we teach.
  • Since our instruction is tailored to each individual course and assignment, we will need information about your class to help us determine the best content and instruction approach.

Interactive tutorials

The library offers interactive tutorials which can be accessed through the library website or can be embedded in a virtual research environment.

Searching scholarly information
The general tutorial Working with the catalogue teaches students how to loan a book, explore articles and search by author or subject. The subject specific tutorials on finding general and subject specific information cover a.o. Wikipedia, Google Scholar, e-books, subject specific databases, newspapers and Special Collections.

Evaluating information
In these tutorials students learn the difference between popular and scholarly sources and how to judge information.

In these tutorials students learn about the principles of academic integrity, plagiarism and citing.

Start your thesis
Students learn about the steps of the research process, choosing a topic, research question and making a realistic planning.

Writing a thesis

This page provides an overview of the sources that can help students writing a thesis or paper. 

Contact your subject librarian for more information.

Subject Guides

Created by subject librarians Subject Guides serve as a starting point for student research. Guides can also be created for specific courses containing recommended resources and digital tools, such as bibliographies, full text databases, and specific reference works. These guides can be linked to from your Brightspace-course.

Alternatively, librarians are also able to set up tailored “Library Resources” pages in Brightspace, with durable links to research resources that can be accessed both on and off campus.

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