This training in the course GEO4-2328 on Govenrnance for sustainable development in the Sustainable Development Master you will learn how to search and use scholarly sources systematically and responsibly. You will also learn to evaluate sources and have the option to learn to cite them using the RefWorks tool or Mendeley or Zotero. The training consists of the lecture by Jeroen Bosman and this hands on session. Before you start, make sure to read the guidelines.
N.B. The assignments are in these narrow columns on the left; explanation and background information is in the wider main column on the right.
At the end of the lecture and this session you will:
This training takes 2 hours to complete. It is wise to read the explanatory texts on the right of each page before carrying out the assignments on the left. When in doubt please ask for assistance.
This session consists of 6 parts, each on its own numbered page. On each page the left hand column has the asignments. The information on the right povides background and explanation.
Use your own topic that is developing in your head right now. Only if you really havn't got any ideas yet, use this case:
The Environment DG of the EU wants to foster the adoption of solar energy. It has noticed that adoption rates in the Netherlands are much lower than in Germany or Denmark. The DG wants you to find out what causes this and especially to what extent national policies affect the behaviour of farmers, provinces, municipalities and electricity companies regarding solar energy. To underpin your research background, scientific and societal relevance and research methods you need to search for literature, reports, data and more.
In this session you will explore the possibilities to do this.
If you already use a reference manager, you can skip pages 3 and 6.
N.B: part 4 has a main page and 6 subpages for each of the types of information you will be searching for.
This training is largely about learning to search systematically. Please read below on what makes a good search strategy.
At the end, please provide feedback on page 7 so that we can further improve this training.
Nowadays you can do online research, with many thousands of online journals and books made available by the library. But not everything is online! Some stuff still is only available in hardcopy. For that and more please visit the University Library Uithof, with:
The University Library City Centre houses among others the printed books and journals in economics, history and law.