E-learning modules

Use the e-learning modules developed by the Library for self-study or to refresh your information literacy skills.

The e-learning modules work best on the computer. Some modules can also be done on other devices (indicated at the begining of the module).

visualisation of the available e-learning module per competency area

Information Literacy

In this module your will learn what it means to be information literate and why it is so important.  

< 0.5 hour to complete

Orientate, prepare, and search

In this module you will learn how to recognise various types of information sources, how to search for publications and how to locate and access them.  

1 - 1.5 hours to complete

In this module you will learn where and how to gather information for orientation on a research topic, how to focus your topic for a systematic search and how to choose relevant sources.    

1 - 1.5 hours to complete

In this module you will learn how to translate your research question into a search query to do a systematic search in various databases, how to improve your search results, when to stop searching and how to manage your search queries.  

1 - 1.5 hours to complete

Bibliographic databases

Scopus is a bibliographic database in which you can find records of scientific articles, reviews and books on all kinds of scientific topics. In this module, some of the specific features of this database and its search system are shown.  

0.5 hour to complete

PubMed is a database on biomedicine, health and life sciences. In this module, you will learn how PubMed adapts and enhances your search when you do a simple search, as well as how to use the MeSH database and field tags.  

0.5 hour to complete

SciFinder is a database of chemical literature. In this module, you will learn what kind of information is covered by SciFinder, how to register for SciFinder, and how to search in SciFinder by topic of by chemical structure.  

0.5 - 1 hours to complete

Evaluate, and manage

In this module you will learn how to evaluate the information for your research project, in terms of quality and trustworthiness and to select the most appropriate information sources.

0.5 hour to complete

In this module you will learn how to cite and reference correctly. How to avoid plagiarism, what sources you should cite, how to make in-text citations, and how to write a reference list.  

0.5 - 1 hour to complete


In this module you will learn why to publish your scientific work, how to choose the most appropriate journal to publish, what peer review is and why it is important for scientific practice, to describe the process of publishing in a scientific journal, and which platforms are available to promote your publication. 

0.5 - 1 hour to complete

In this module you will learn the basics of Dutch copyright law, about plagiarism and copyright infrigement, and about the different between plagiarism and copyright infrigement.

0.5 hour to complete

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In this module you will learn advanced issues of Dutch copyright law. Who is the owner of copyright and what are the owner's rights, how can you recognise and (re)use copyright protected materials, what are creative commons licenses and where can you find open materials.  

0.5 hour to complete


Sometimes you need data to answer your research question. In this module, you will learn where and how to look for data online, and how to reference the data you reuse.  

0.5 hour to complete