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Searching for information

A good academic text stands or falls with the use of the right sources, the correct processing of quotations and paraphrases in the text, and accurate source references. The library provides support in the search and processing of scientific information.

How to find information

  • On the home page of the library, you will find an overview of available information sources, web guides per discipline, and other useful information.
  • An introductory InfoSkills tutorial is available for each study program in which you learn how to recognize and find scientific publications.
  • The TIP tutorial builds on the InfoSkills tutorials. You will learn how to collect search terms, which techniques you can use when searching, and how to select the right documents from your search results.
  • The RefCite tutorial is especially designed to identify the source and prevent unintentional plagiarism. This tutorial includes a number of citation styles used at Tilburg University (APA, Chicago NB, Harvard, OSCOLA).

A better library experience in 10 minutes

The library offers a large amount of information available that you can use for your studies, education, and research. The variety of providers and the way in which subscription information is protected sometimes makes it difficult to gain access. As a library, we want to support you as best we can in finding, and accessing, that information.

With the basic instructions in our Library Essentials Kit you can install our helpful tools and bookmark the most important pages. The tools then work in the background, even if you have forgotten they are there. The pages in your bookmarks or favorites point you directly to the right location for access. Do you have more than ten minutes of time? Then check out the additional information in our overview as well. Don't have ten minutes to spare right now? Just add the page to your favorites and look at it again later.

Which information sources can you use?

WorldCat Discovery & Databases

You can use WorldCat Discovery, our catalog, as a source of information. If you are looking for specialized information, it is better to search in the subject-selected databases made available by the library: https://libsearch.uvt.nl/all/.

Google Scholar

If you search via Google Scholar, you can also find hyperlinks to publications in the catalog or the other databases offered by the library via TiUFinder.

Support when searching information

If you still cannot figure it out, you can contact the Library Support (at the entrance of the library) with questions about finding books and journals. This can be done by e-mail or telephone. It is also possible to visit during opening hours.

How does advice from the collection specialists work?

For complex, discipline-specific, specialist questions you can ask one of the collection specialists via the online form. We aim to reply within 4 working days by e-mail.

  • We expect you to have set up a search strategy and to have performed searches before filling out the questionnaire.
  • On the form, you can fill out which databases you have already searched in, with which search terms you have searched and where you got stuck. If necessary, you can make an appointment in consultation with the collection specialist.

No search service, no check-up service

The collection specialists at LIS Research Support will not do the literature search for you. They offer advice on the selection of the right information sources and give tips on how to use them. They do not check your texts or reference lists.