WUR Library News

Keep up to date with the latest developments for students and staff. The WUR Library newsletter is send by e-mail, approximately 8 times per year.

  • February 15, 2024
    Library Dialogue | How can we open up our education at WUR?
    On 5 March, WUR Library is organising a round-table discussion on Open Education. What’s WUR’s vision for Open Education? What are the practical issues that teachers run into when adopting open teaching and learning methods? And what infrastructure and solutions are available to open up our education at WUR? Your opinion is important! WUR teachers, staff and students are cordially invited to join the dialogue and share their experiences.
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  • February 5, 2024
    Pilot learning trajectory information literacy
    Last December, the pilot project ‘Information Literacy Learning Trajectory in the BSc Forest and Nature Conservation’, was completed. The project aimed to design and pilot a new learning trajectory for information literacy. The new trajectory enables students to become information literate step by step and can be easily implemented in other bachelor programmes as well.
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  • February 2, 2024
    New journals and databases in 2024
    This article updates you on the latest Library subscriptions and collection developments. These include national, large-scale read-and-publish (R&P) agreements coordinated by Surf, along with tailored bilateral subscriptions.
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  • February 2, 2024
    Is research data protected by copyright?
    Published research data allow you to search for and find data to reuse in your research. However, even though the data are publicly and openly available, they may still be copyright protected. Thus, their licence, i.e. terms of use, should be adhered to. In this article, we explain more about the specifics of copyright on data.
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  • February 1, 2024
    The making of the new portrait gallery
    For a few years now, WUR Library has been managing WUR's artworks and academic heritage collection. In recent months, we carried out the redesign of the portrait gallery in Omnia. In this article, we show how the portraits were removed and replaced.
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  • February 1, 2024
    Are you missing credits in your Tenure Track credit calculation?
    The Library often receives questions from researchers about credit calculation for Tenure Track reports. This article briefly explains the publication metrics the credit calculation is based on and why you sometimes may miss credits.
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  • January 30, 2024
    Find your ideal study spot in Forum Library
    As period 4 kicks off, let’s have a quick look at the different study places in the Forum Library. From group study rooms for collaborative projects to comfortable study pods for individual focus, with its varied layout, the Library always has a study place to meet your needs.
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  • January 23, 2024
    The open science story of Annemarie Wagemakers
    Annemarie Wagemakers is Personal Professor of Participatory Community Health Promotion at the Group Health and Society. In her research, she actively engages citizens to develop knowledge of their situation and to bring about social change. She shares her experiences and views on citizen science in this Open Science story.
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  • January 19, 2024
    WUR Software Management Plan template available
    Research software (computer code, statistical packages, scientific apps, etc.) plays a crucial role in scientific research and has become a key research output. The Library has recently developed a Software Management Plan template. It offers researchers a structured approach to implementing good software management practices.
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  • December 21, 2023
    WUR Library stops issuing ISBNs
    As of 1 January 2024, WUR Library will no longer issue ISBNs for reports, dissertations or books. An ISBN is no longer required for PhD theses and the doctoral degree regulations have been changed accordingly. For most WUR publications, a DOI has replaced the function of the ISBN.
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  • December 19, 2023
    Winner announcement ORCID lottery
    More than 450 researchers entered the Library's ORCID lottery. On Monday, 18 December, Library director Hubert Krekels drew the winning ORCID numbers. Thank you all for participating and for using ORCID as a persistent researcher identifier.
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  • December 11, 2023
    New in the collection: IEEE journals
    As of 1 January 2024, WUR students and staff have access to all journals, standards and conference proceedings from IEEE Xplore. IEEE Xplore is a digital platform for scientific and technical content on electrical engineering, computer science, and related disciplines.
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  • December 11, 2023
    New Taverne regulation – short scientific work by WU authors by default open access
    Starting 1 January 2024, short scientific publications by WU authors will be shared open access by default in Research@WUR. The new workflow is easier and requires fewer administrative actions from WU authors. In addition, it's expected that more publications will become open access. Read here what the updated workflow means for you.
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  • December 8, 2023
    How to depict artificial intelligence?
    Finding an image to illustrate your work on artificial intelligence (AI) can be challenging. You need an image that conveys the right message and is also copyright free. Many images of AI on the internet create and reinforce AI stereotypes. The consortium Better images of AI aims to provide images that are more realistic, diverse and helpful.
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  • December 7, 2023
    Empowering Lignin research with a WikiLignin
    In a collaborative project with researchers from Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, the Library used its expertise in literature searching and bibliographic databases to create a robust knowledge-sharing platform within the LignoCOST Network.
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  • December 6, 2023
    Nematodes in WUR Image Collections
    In the course of their work, researchers from WUR's Laboratory of Nematology took high-resolution pictures of hundreds of nematode (roundworm) species. The pictures for the new Nematode Picture Gallery in the WUR Image Collections were selected based on ecological and agronomical relevance, and morphological beauty!
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  • December 1, 2023
    RDM support: wrap-up of 2023, plans for 2024 & expert tips
    RDM support looks back at an interactive and very productive year. We supported many researchers and expanded the WUR data steward community. In this article, we highlight our main activities and plans for 2024. We've also gathered some tips along the way that we’d like to share.
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  • November 24, 2023
    Collections in the spotlight: cookbooks
    In the series Collection in the Spotlight, we’re taking a closer look at exciting databases and the Library's hidden gems. This month, we’re discussing our cookbooks collection, a big favourite of Corrie Snijder, collection specialist of WUR Library.
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  • November 6, 2023
    Library Lecture | Can systematic literature review benefit from artificial intelligence?
    On 13 December 2023, WUR Library is organising a lecture & discussion on using Artificial Intelligence in systematic review. Internal and external experts will share their experiences with AI tools in systematic reviews. Please register before 5 December to join us for the lecture and lunch.
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  • October 30, 2023
    Online bookshelf: Well-being
    Studying and preparing for exams can be quite stressful as any student knows. In the Library you can find a small collection of encouraging books to help boost your happiness and well-being. The books are all chosen and recommended by the Surf your Stress team.
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  • October 27, 2023
    Is your ORCID iD the lucky number?
    In December 2023, WUR Library is organising an ORCID lottery to stimulate researchers to get an ORCiD iD and connect it with Pure. All WUR researchers with an ORCID iD can participate and have a chance to win a €50 book voucher or a personalized mug with their unique ORCID.
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  • October 26, 2023
    Express yourself through poetry
    On Monday, 6 November 2023, you can join a guided poetry writing workshop in the Forum Library. The workshop encourages you to give words to your experiences with stress, personal well-being and inner sustainability. The workshop is part of Surf Your Stress Week 2023.
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  • October 26, 2023
    Search tip: Use of generative AI in Web of Science
    Web of Science (WoS) has implemented generative AI in its search interface. This search tip will teach you how the AI enabled search in WoS works and what to be aware of when using it.
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  • October 25, 2023
    Exhibition Fascinating Viruses: Prof. T.H.Thung, the first professor in Virology
    The Library's Special Collections have recently acquired the archives of Professor Dr T.H. (Hiang) Thung (1897-1960) and his wife, Fernanda Louise Willekes MacDonald (1893-1980). Our new exhibition Fascinating Viruses, highlights the work of this pioneering scientist.
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  • October 23, 2023
    Springer Nature Open Access quota soon to be reached
    The 2023 maximum for free-of-charge open access publishing in Springer Nature journals is expected to be reached on 7 November 2023. Once the quota is reached, WUR authors will have to pay the Article Processing Charges (APCs).
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  • October 23, 2023
    Collections in the spotlight: Nobel prize winners
    In the series Collections in the Spotlight, we’re discussing the literature on the Nobel Prize in the Library collection, a favourite of WUR Library employee Alex de Kruijff.
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  • October 23, 2023
    Study comfortably: 110 new monitors in Forum Library
    Last month, we installed 110 new monitors in the Forum Library. The new monitors are more energy efficient than the older ones and have a built-in HDMI connector. In the coming weeks, we’ll be asking students what they think of both the new screens and the Library's study places.
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  • October 11, 2023
    EndNote 21
    You can now download EndNote 21 from the WUR software center. EndNote 21 is the latest version and includes a few new features.
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  • October 6, 2023
    Wageningen Model and Data Day 2023
    On 16 November, the Wageningen Model & Data Day 2023 will take place. The event is organised by the Wageningen Modelling Group and WUR's Data Steward Network.
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  • September 29, 2023
    Online exhibition of Stories Plants Tell: Flora Batava 1800-1934
    You can now also visit the exhibition on the Flora Batava online. It includes not only the original botanical drawings but also contributions from WUR authors to the reprint edition.
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  • September 25, 2023
    Webinar series Library essentials kicks off
    In the coming months, you can join a series of practical webinars organised by WUR Library. The webinars cover theory, concepts, tools, and library services related to essential topics, such as searching for literature, research data management, open-access publishing, copyright issues in educational materials, and enhancing research impact and visibility. The webinars will take place at lunchtime on Teams and can be attended separately.
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  • September 18, 2023
    Online bookshelf: diversity & inclusion
    Diversity & Inclusion Week 2-6 Oct. 2023 | Wageningen University & Research aims to create an inclusive culture in which all groups and individuals feel welcome. WUR Library has recently acquired several practical books to promote awareness of diversity and inclusion.
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  • September 15, 2023
    Now available: Open Science: a practical guide for early-career researchers
    This practical guide is aimed at PhD candidates, research master students, and early-career researchers from all academic disciplines at Dutch universities and research institutes. It's aim is to motivate young researchers and to help them to practise Open Science, by sharing all aspects of their research as openly as possible.
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  • September 12, 2023
    Frits Mohren on Open Education in Forestry
    For the series Open Science Stories, we interviewed Frits Mohren, personal professor of Forest Ecology and Forest Management. He explains how in his opinion, open education can improve the quality and impact of teaching materials.
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  • September 6, 2023
    Use of images in PowerPoints
    It is easy to unintentionally infringe copyright when you use images in a PowerPoint. Our copyright expert provides tips to avoid copyright breaches.
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  • September 1, 2023
    Groen Kennisnet milestone: 500,000th item in the knowledge bank
    Last month, Groen Kennisnet added the half-millionth item to its knowledge bank. It is a brochure from the organisation Boerennatuur Vlaanderen. Groen Kennisnet offers the largest Dutch collection of up-to-date and reliable knowledge items for the agricultural, food and green domains.
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  • September 1, 2023
    Collections in the spotlight: CAB Abstracts
    In this newsletter, we’re taking a closer look at CAB Abstracts. This is the principal database for literature in the fields of agriculture, environment, and applied life sciences and a big favourite of Corrie Snijder, collection specialist at WUR Library.
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  • September 1, 2023
    Analysing the impact of your research on policy
    WUR researchers now have access to the Impact module of SciVal. You can use it to find out how your research has shaped or influenced certain policies. The Impact module provides data on research publications cited in policy documents.
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  • August 28, 2023
    FAIR data fund: FAIR-ifying research data
    This year, WUR researchers can apply for the 4TU FAIRData Fund. The fund offers financial aid to cover the costs of FAIR-ifying existing research data. The maximum award is €3,500.
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  • August 16, 2023
    Thirty new drawings on view in the Flora Batava exhibition
    Have you already visited the exhibition Stories Plants Tell: Flora Batava 1800-1934? Until 15 October, you can visit the sequel of the exhibition with 30 new drawings. We look forward to seeing you!
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  • August 8, 2023
    New round of the NWO Open Science Fund
    The Fund aims to support projects specifically designed to implement and stimulate Open Science practices. For this second call of 2023, a total of € 1.5 million is available, with a maximum of € 50,000 per project (up to a one-year duration). The submission deadline is 26 September.
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  • July 4, 2023
    Library dialogues | a new series of round table discussions
    The world of scientific information, communication and publishing is undergoing considerable changes. WUR Library is organising a new "Library Dialogues" series to foster discussion on the implications for research and education. The first Library dialogue is about the possibly questionable behaviour of specific publishers and takes place on 12 October in Aurora, room B9242+B9248.
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  • July 3, 2023
    A new research portal for the Netherlands on OpenAIRE
    This week, UKB, SURF and OpenAIRE are launching a new research portal for the Netherlands on OpenAIRE Connect. The portal covers the publications, datasets and projects of research institutes in the Netherlands.
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  • June 29, 2023
    Detecting AI-generated texts with Turnitin
    WUR students are expected to avoid plagiarism by writing original texts for their assignments, reports and thesis. To detect plagiarism, WUR teachers use Turnitin. Turnitin has recently introduced a new AI detection module that detects if a text may have been written by AI writing tools, such as ChatGPT.
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  • June 29, 2023
    Yes, you can! Negotiate with your publisher over copyright
    Publishing often means transferring your copyright to the publisher. Did you know that you are allowed to negotiate the publishing contract?
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  • June 28, 2023
    Research.com rankings reviewed
    Research.com is a platform that publishes a ranking of scientists in their specific discipline. Several WUR researchers were highly ranked in the second edition of their rankings. In this article, we review this ranking and provide some advice on how to use it.
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  • June 28, 2023
    Graduating this summer? Please return your Library books!
    Congratulations to everyone who is graduating this summer! We wish you all the very best for the future. Before you leave Wageningen, please make sure you've returned your Library books!
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  • June 22, 2023
    The open science story of Vittorio Saggiomo
    In the series Open Science Stories, WUR researchers and teachers tell how they advance Open Science and Education at WUR. We interviewed Vittorio Saggiomo, assistant professor at the BioNanoTechnology Laboratory. He is a strong advocate and practitioner of open science hardware
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  • June 16, 2023
    Collections in the spotlight: eBooks on tourism
    In the series Collection in the Spotlight, we’re taking a closer look at exciting databases and hidden gems in our collections. This month, we’re discussing the Elgar Tourism eBook collection, a big favourite of Martin Slabbertje, a collection specialist of WUR Library.
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  • June 15, 2023
    Exhibition with work from Orestis Spyrou
    Orestis Spyrou is a graduate of the master's programme Biosystems Engineering at Wageningen University & Research. His academic interest is in digital twins, extended realities, and artificial intelligence. In his free time, he likes to paint. His paintings are now on display in the glass cabinet on the 3rd floor of the Forum Library until the end of September 2023.
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  • June 12, 2023
    Research@WUR reaches milestone: over 300,000 Research Outputs and counting
    Research@WUR recently reached a milestone. WUR has now more than 300,000 publications in its repository. Currently over one-third of the research output is Open Access and completely free and available to anyone to read.
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  • June 5, 2023
    Vacancies scientific information specialist & application manager RDM
    There are several vacancies for a Specialist academic information within WUR Library. We're also looking for an Application manager Research Data Management.
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  • May 16, 2023
    Tool tip: Tools for a literature review or systematic review
    Planning to do a systematic review or an extensive literature review? There are tools to help you with screening and selecting publications. In this article, we’ll discuss two free tools that can help you with reviewing.
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  • May 16, 2023
    Stories Plants Tell: Flora Batava 1800-1934
    In June this year, a new edition of the key work of Dutch botany is published. It includes stories of Wageningen scientists. Special Collections celebrates this with an exhibition on the Flora Batava: Stories Plants Tell.
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  • May 15, 2023
    Research funders allow the WUR data management plan template
    A data management plan (DMP) describes how data will be handled during and after a research project. To get funding approved for a research project, most funders require a DMP, written according to a mandatory template. If your research is funded by NWO, ZonMw, or the European Commission, you can use the WUR Data Management Plan (DMP) template.
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  • May 8, 2023
    Collections in the spotlight: Flowers of the Brazilian forest
    In the Collection in the Spotlight series, we’re taking a closer look at exciting databases and hidden gems in our collections. This month, we’re discussing Flowers of the Brazilian forest, [31 paintings by Margaret Mee], a big favourite of Corrie Snijder, collection specialist at WUR Library.
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  • May 8, 2023
    Yoda@WUR freely available to WUR researchers
    On 23 March, WUR officially signed the Yoda collaboration agreement with SURF and other universities to ensure the continued development of Yoda. Yoda is a research data management platform that enables you to securely deposit, share, publish, and preserve research data during all stages of your research project.
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  • May 8, 2023
    Online bookshelf: LGBTQ+ inclusion
    The Library has recently acquired several books to promote awareness and understanding of LGBTI+ inclusion. We encourage you to explore the topics covered in these books and gain a deeper understanding of different identities and experiences.
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  • April 19, 2023
    Less copyrighted material allowed on Brightspace
    Are you sharing copyright protected materials in Brightspace, such as a book chapter? This is still allowed, but the limits have become stricter. Check your course and use hyperlinks or (open) alternatives where possible.
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  • March 24, 2023
    New printers in the Library: everything you need to know
    Last month, brand new printers were installed in the Library. These multifunction printers (MFPs) are not only faster and more efficient but also environmentally friendly! In this article, we walk you through all the different printing services and facilities available to you.
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  • March 22, 2023
    The open science story of Justin van der Hooft
    In the new series Open Science Stories, WUR researchers and instructors tell how they contribute to Open Science & Education. What are the benefits and challenges and what is needed to bring about the open science culture change at WUR? First in the series is Dr Justin van der Hooft, Assistant Professor in Computational Metabolomics at the Bioinformatics group.
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  • March 20, 2023
    Copyright vs. trademark: understanding the key differences
    The texts and work you produce are automatically copyrighted. But what about the name you give to a product or a creative work? It can be protected by trademark law. But, to protect it you must register the name yourself.
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  • March 16, 2023
    New online exhibition: Dutch Landscape Designed, 1946 -1954
    The exhibition Dutch Landscape Designed is on display at the Library's Special Collections until 14 April. It has drawn visitors from all over the country and we've received enthusiastic feedback. If you can't visit the exhibition on campus, we have good news! You can now visit the exhibition Dutch Landscape Designed online.
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  • March 16, 2023
    Maximize the impact & visibility of your research: three simple steps
    Having your article published is only the first step in making your research visible to the outside world. With these three steps, you can enhance your online presence, expand your outreach, and increase the impact of your scientific work.
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  • March 14, 2023
    New WUR documentation & metadata package
    Archiving research data at WUR or publishing them in a data repository doesn’t automatically mean that other people can easily understand and reuse them. Clear documentation and metadata are key! The new WUR documentation package helps you clearly describe your research data.
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  • March 13, 2023
    Can ChatGPT do my literature search for me?
    Since its launch in November 2022, ChatGPT has become increasingly popular. To help you make informed decisions about its use, we're taking a closer look at the usefulness of ChatGPT in discovering, evaluating and citing scientific information.
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  • March 10, 2023
    Discover the fascinating world of heraldry
    Ralf Hartemink is an instructor at the Food Microbiology group. Outside his work, his great passion is heraldry. His collection of heraldic objects is one of the largest in the world. A small part of this collection is on view in Forum Library until 29 May 2023.
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  • March 6, 2023
    Collections in the spotlight: Encyclopædia Britannica
    As a WUR student or employee, you can access hundreds of databases and collections to which the Library subscribes. In the series Collection in the spotlight, we’re taking a closer look at exciting databases and hidden gems in our collections. To kick off the series, we’re discussing Encyclopaedia Britannica, a big favourite of Claudia Böhme, Head of Collections of WUR Library.
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  • February 6, 2023
    Can you credit ChatGPT as a co-author?
    Many scientists are playing around with ChatGPT and are testing the program's functionalities. Some publishers have taken a stand on how authors may use ChatGPT in their publications.
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  • February 6, 2023
    Cite and refer to images and figures with EndNote
    Did you know that you should reference any images, graphs, or other figures that you re-use in your work? This also applies to photographs and figures you find on free-to-pick websites. EndNote has a feature to store images and figures and create references and in-text citations.
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  • February 3, 2023
    Get started @ WUR Library!
    Getting to know the Library makes studying at WUR much easier. For students starting their master's program in February, we have listed the Library's main services and resources.
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  • February 2, 2023
    Ovid Medline | Missing publications in searches
    In the period between 21 December 2022 and 5 January 2023, publications with an entry date in 2022 were missing in Ovid MEDLINE. If you ran a search between those dates, publications from 2022 will be missing from that search set.
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  • January 31, 2023
    Publish Open Access without costs
    The UKB consortium has agreements with several major academic publishers allowing WUR corresponding authors to publish Open Access at no or reduced costs. For 2023, several read & publish deals have been renewed. In 2023, you can also publish Open Access without costs in the Subscribe to Open (S2O) journals from Annual Reviews.
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  • January 31, 2023
    Restoring a painting on location
    We're excited to announce that we've successfully restored a painting from the Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group in Axis. A perfect example of our mission to preserve WUR's cultural & academic heritage for future generations.
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  • January 30, 2023
    Find the best location to preserve research data
    We've recently launched the WUR Repository Finder. This is a new online tool to help you select an appropriate repository for the data, code, script or software at the end of your research.
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  • January 23, 2023
    Meditation sessions in Forum Library
    Meditation can help you find your peace, even in busy study times. Do you want to see if meditation is something for you? Meditation sessions are held in the Forum Library every Monday and Thursday at lunchtime.
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  • January 19, 2023
    Security breach at Statista database
    Do you have a personal account for the Statista database that WUR Library offers? Statista has been affected by a security breach that occurred at their email marketing platform Mailchimp. This breach allowed an unauthorized actor to download the data of Statista users.
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  • January 17, 2023
    Access to the Financieele Dagblad through the FD app
    Since last year, WUR staff and students have had access to Het Financieele Dagblad. Many colleagues use the FD app to read the newspaper. To maintain access, you need to log in via the Library every three months. After your login information is verified, you can use the FD app again.
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