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Information Literacy Course International Relations: Home

Information literacy

During your university study you will be confronted with academic or scholarly literature for the first time. It is essential that you learn what scholarly literature is, where to find it and how to use it correctly. To succeed in this you need to develop new skills; information literacy skills. These skills are part of the academic skills you will be taught during your university education.

Course information

The information literacy course for IR students is split into two parts. In the academic year 2017-2018 the first part is scheduled in september 2017 and includes an introduction to scholarly publications, information about SmartCat, the catalogue and discovery tool of Groningen University Library and information about search techniques. You can find this information under the tabs 1, 2, 3 and 4.

In november 2017 there will be a follow-up about databases, important search systems in the academic world. This will be combined with information about evaluating and processing scholarly literature.

The University of Groningen Library offers LibGuides with information that can help our users to find their way in the resources that are available.  There is a libguide that lists the most importans sources of information for the field of International Relations and a libguide about SmartCat.

Libguide International Relations
Libguide SmartCat

User Guide

This LibGuide contains the information you need to upgrade your information literacy skills which will help you become successful in your studies.

The LibGuide consists of four aspects of information literacy (from left to right), which can be accessed via the tabs in the red bar.

The tabs deal with the following: Scholarly publications, Where to search?, Searching and finding, Topic and search terms, Searching and finding, Topic and search terms, Evaluating and Processing.

Each subject is divided into short chapters, which you can see in a drop-down menu as you move the cursor over the tabs.

You will learn all information literacy skills by opening the tabs in sequence, from left to right, and studying the content of the chapters via the drop-down menu.

This enables you to set your own pace and to structure the learning process yourself. You can also select specific aspects that you have not mastered yet.

An overview of the contents of the chapters is provided in the introduction to each chapter. There are also questions on each subject so that you can test your knowledge.

The LibGuide will remain available as a reference work throughout your study.

Learning outcomes

After studying the LibGuide you will be able to:

- decide what sort of information you need
- decide how much information you need
- find relevant information
- evaluate information
- process information
- use information in accordance with the principles of academic integrity

The University Library

At the University of Groningen, academic information is provided by the University Library (UB), which comprises the University Library City Centre (UB Binnenstad) and the University Library Zernike (UB Zernike).

The UB also works closely with the Central Medical Library of the University Medical Center Groningen.

These libraries function as the information centre for teaching and research for the whole University of Groningen community.

UB Binnenstad


SmartCat is the catalogue and discovery tool of the University of Groningen Library.