Information literacy skills in education

As a lecturer you want to help your students carry out efficient searches for scientific literature. Information literacy skills enable your students to find, evaluate and process scientific information. The university library supports you in your teaching with, for example, training courses and guides on information skills.

Online training courses

The online information skills training courses offer your students the opportunity to learn information literacy skills independently and interactively. Allowing you to delve deeper into specific topics specific topics and skills that are important in your field during classes. 

The University Library currently offers three modules:

With the basic module, students learn to search for, access, manage, refer to and use scientific information. In the Historical sources module, students learn to identify which historical sources they need for their research and how to find and view them. The Systematically searching for literature module prepares students to set up and conduct a systematic review. 

The modules can be made in class or at home on an individual basis. The basic module is offered in Dutch and in English, the additional modules are currently only offered in English.

Infovaders: Information literacy game in outer space!

On an uninhabited planet in the solar system, students must set up a new information landscape. Will they make all information publicly available, will they let commercial companies take the lead or will they opt for reliable information? Will they survive the dangers lying in wait along the route? In several dilemmas students face themes such as Open Access, Open Science and selecting and evaluating relevant sources, all within a science fiction setting!

The game (including explanation and follow-up discussion) takes up approximately 50 minutes, fitting in with the time slot of a seminar. Because the game is an invitation to reflect on the publication landscape, the target group is ‘advanced students’ (BA2 and higher). Materials can be borrowed through and are available on Edusources.


LibGuides are online guides offering extensive information about the search for and the careful use of scientific sources. You can refer your students to these guides to support them in (setting up) their research. Most LibGuides contain background information, some courses use training LibGuides.

Customised training and advice

Our subject specialists advise you on how to use information skills in education. That is why, in addition to the Compass training course, we can support you in various ways. We offer for example:

  • tailor-made workshops for subject-specific search systems
  • Q&A sessions with library staff
  • customised presentations about searching literature for theses

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