Information literacy

Information literacy is an academic skill to deal with vast amounts of information. The Library teaches information literacy in Bachelor and Master programmes.

Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner*.
The Library teaches information literacy in most Bachelor programmes. For Master students, information literacy is offered as one of the modular skills courses ECS-65100 Information Literacy. It is also part of the course YMC-61303 Scientific Skills Training. PhD students have their own training session.

The Library also develops course materials on the subject. The
e-learning modules used in the MSc and BSc study programmes can also be used for self-study.

E-learning modules

The Library has created activating e-learning modules that are used as course material in the information literacy classes. The e-learning modules can also be used to study on your own, to refresh your knowledge or to introduce you to the tools for information retrieval offered by Wageningen UR Library. The e-learning modules work best on the computer; on smartphone and tablet malfunctioning may occur. 

Module 1: Locate and access the information you need

Study this e-module to learn more about different types of publications and tools to find them.

You have a list of one or more references and you want to obtain the full text of these items to read them. In Module 1 you will learn how to recognize various types of information sources, how to search for publications and how to access them.

Module 2: Finding information for your research project

Study this e-module to learn how to perform a systematic search.

If you are doing a research project, you will need to find scientific information on the topic. In module 2, you will learn how to translate your research question into a database query. You will learn how to choose relevant databases, and how to use search tools such as Boolean operators and wildcards. You will also learn different strategies to find information.

Module 3: Evaluating, citing and publishing information

Study this e-module to learn how to evaluate sources and to create reference lists.

In module 3, you will learn how to use information in a professional and scientific way. This includes evaluating the quality and trustworthiness of the found information, and citing and referencing sources correctly. Furthermore, you will be taught about copyright, publishing a scientific paper and peer review.

Module Scopus: a multidisciplinary bibliographic database

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

Module SciFinder: Database of chemical literature

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

Module PubMed: Database on biomedicine, health and life sciences

This tutorial shows some specific features of PubMed. You will learn how PubMed adapts and enhances your search when you execute a simple search. The tutorial also explains how to use the MeSH database and field tags in a systematic search.

* This definition comes from CILIP, UK