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University Library Workshops

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

One to one coaching

Interactive tutorials

The library offers interactive tutorials which can be accessed through the library website:

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. 

Or take a look at the Subject Guides. Guides contain recommended resources and digital tools, such as bibliographies, full text databases, and specific reference works. 

UBL Workshops

The University Library (UBL) offers a range of workshops in ‘information literacy’ for study programmes and institutes. These are sometimes offered as part of your study programme. The UBL’s courses cover subjects such as:

  • Evaluating information
  • Plagiarism prevention
  • Starting your thesis
  • Finding information on your topic
  • Using special collections
  • Reference Managers

For more details please send an email to: informatiebalie@library.leidenuniv.nl 

Individual consultation

The UBL offers tailor-made guidance to both third-year undergaraduate and Master's students to help you in finding literature. During a one-on-one meeting with a subject librarian you will learn to identify queries, select sources and store/process search results.

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