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Training finding and handling scholarly information for GEO4-3633: 1. Intro

Research master human geography

Training finding & handling scholarly information for GEO4-3633

In this training in the course GEO4-3633 for the Research master in human geography you will learn how to search and use scholarly sources systematically and responsibly and apply that immediately for the paper you have to write for the Urban Social Dynamics course. You will also learn to evaluate sources and save, organise and cite them using EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks or Zotero. The training consists of the lecture (in BlackBoard) by Jeroen Bosman and this hands on session. Before you start, make sure to read the guidelines.

Guidelines for this hands on session

This individual 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. The column on the left has the asignments. The information on the right provides background and explanation.

N.B: part 4 has a main page and 5 subpages for each of the types of information you will be searching for.

For this course the most important sections are:

  • 2: Exploring your subject to make a search profile
  • 3: Learning to use a reference tool (if you don't already use one)
  • 4A: Finding articles
  • 4B: Finding books

You might want to focus on those first.

Please go through the pages at your own pace and liking: skip what you already know or are able to perform and dive into the sections that are new to you.

There will be support on an individual basis.


The university library is online, but it is a building as well!

architectural impression of Utrecht University Library in The Uithof campusNowadays 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:

  • Study places, with and without computers and with wifi throughout the building
  • Print books and journals in Geography and Geoscience on the second floor, a.o.:
    • collection G-GE: geography, including planning and development studies
    • collection G-MI: environmental studies
    • collection G-TS: print journals, arranged A-Z
    • collection STAT: print statistics
    • tens of newsletters
  • Print books and journals in Social Science on the third floor, a.o.:
    • collection S-CA: anthropology
    • collection S-SO: sociology
  • Maps and atlases in the map room on the sixth floor
  • Lounge area on the bridge to the Van Unnik building
  • Newspapers and general interest magazines on the first floor
  • Study cabins and group facilities
  • Face to face support (ask a librarian) on the first floor

The University Library City Centre houses among others the printed books in economics, history and law.