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Information literacy

At this stage of your academic career you will need to engage in research. This can take the form of an individual project or a thesis/dissertation during your last year of undergraduate study or as part of your Master or postgraduate course. You will need to be able to find academic literature, evaluate it and use it correctly. To succeed in this you need to optimize your information literacy skills.This information literacy LibGuide will help you with this.

It contains the information you need to upgrade your information literacy skills which will help you to do a literature review for your research efficiently. The LibGuide builds on from the basic information literacy LibGuide. It contains more in-depth information, and new topics have been added. 

User Guide

The LibGuide consists of aspects of information literacy (from left to right), which can be accessed via the tabs in the red bar at the top of the screen. The tabs deal with the following: academic literature, subject orientation, the literature review, databases, evaluating,  processing and publishing information. 

Some subjects are divided into short chapters, which you can see in a drop-down menu as you move the cursor over the tabs. 

The LibGuide will remain available as a reference work.

Learning outcomes

After studying the LibGuide you will have acquired the skills needed to locate, access and critically evaluate existing information and data and to use the information you have found in accordance with the principles of academic integrity.


SmartCat is the University's library catalogue and discovery tool. Check the SmartCat LibGuide for more information on searching with SmartCat.  


The University Library has developed a set of subject guides which list a selection of important literature, by subject. This is a good starting point for your research. Click here to find an overview of all available subject guides.

Booking a studio

The University Library City Centre has many small lockable studios and a number of group studios that UG students can book for short or long-term use. UG students working on a thesis or graduation assignment can book a studio for one calendar month. Depending on availability, an extension is possible. You can book studios through this web form.

More information for PhDs

The University Library and Library services

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

The UL 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.

Lending information

Interlibrary loan - for material not held at the University Library of Groningen

If the University Library does not have the material your need (books or articles) you can request them from another library in the Netherlands through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

More information on Interlibrary Loan

Information Literacy workshops

The Library can provide workshops for thesis students. If there is a need for this, please contact your teacher. See also Instructions and workshops.

Title recommendations

If you need a certain title for your research and you find that it is not in the University of Groningen Library collection, you can put in a request to have the Library buy it. All you have to do is fill in this form.

Information specialists

Get to know your information specialist. Go to the library website to find out who the Information specialist is for your subject. Select your faculty, then click on the Contact link. If you have questions about the library or about doing a literature search, you can contact the relevant information specialist.

Information specialists can help with:

  • Searching the literature for your discipline
  • Finding published research, data, and other information relevant to your research
  • Designing strategies for staying current in your field

You can also ask your question via Your question on the Library's home page. Your question will be handled by the information specialist of your subject area.