Information Skills Support

Academic Information Skills

When studying in a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) environment, you will develop the skills and competences to deal independently and critically with information which ranges from academic literature to discipline specific sources such as statistics, data visualisations, historical documents, images and popular media, to name a few. These skills and competences are essential for the labour market in the 21st century. Next to that, employers are also looking for employees who are able to search, evaluate, organise, and communicate information with confidence. Information literacy skills will give you the confidence to deal with information in an appropriate manner.

The university library developed a range of online modules for students to learn more about these skills. The modules can also be freely used (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license) by teaching staff to use in their courses. For more information, check out the Information Literacy pages or contact Henrietta Hazen for more information.

Manuals, guides & instructions

Practical information on how to find information and how to search for specific data or topics.

Copyright Info Point

Copyright Information Point

The Maastricht University Library compiled the Copyright Information Point to inform and advice UM students, teachers and researchers about copyright
Data Search Support

Data Search Support

Data Search Support: database manuals, workshops and support for Maastricht University students and researchers.

Databases & database manuals

Subject specific databases for a comprehensive literature search


EndNote is a software programme that helps you collect and keep track of your references, and easily insert them into
Finding information

Finding information

How to find articles, books, databases and more in the library. A quick overview to get you started.
Information for new students

Information for new students

The library is not only a study environment but also a meeting place. Students have access to the library buildings
Library instruction videos

Library instruction videos

Short practical videos on how to search, how to borrow, reserve and renew your loans, the UM card, remote access

Open Access publishing checklist

Check what you can do to publish your paper Open Access without APC costs.
Search Planning Form

Search Planning Form

An aid for structuring your search strategy. Use this form to identify/clarify the key concepts and the scope of your
Thesis SupportAll

Thesis SupportAll

All about thesis writing

Workshops & Courses

Our workshops and courses are available for students (from bachelor to PhD), staff members and alumni from Maastricht University and the academic hospital (AZM). A selection of language courses is also available to the public.

Library workshops & courses

Follow the link for all upcoming workshops and courses by the library.

Guidance & Help

Have a question regarding our services or need individual support? Our specialists are here to help.

Ask your librarian

Our helpdesk for all your questions. Just fill in your question and we’ll respond within one working day.

Peer Point

Free research assistance for students by students trained at responding critically and constructively to the work of their peers.

Writing studio

Information specialists from the University Library and teachers from the Language Centre support you in your thinking, searching and writing process.

Specialised support

We have dedicated specialists for researchers, teachers, and students. Visit the specialised support portals for further assistance.

Research Support

Visit the Library+ Researcher portal

Education Support

Visit the Library+ Teacher portal

Student Support

Visit the Library+ Student portal


Contact & Support

For questions or information, use the web form to contact an information skills specialist.


Contact an Information Skills specialist

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