Library life hacks

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Life hack 8: Stand out in the sea of researchers: enhance your findability and visibility with ORCID iD.

As a researcher it is most important that you and your publications are findable and visible.

An ORCID iD can help you with that. It is a digital identifier that solves the author/contributor name ambiguity in scholarly output. With this id you can distinguish yourself from other researchers and make all your publications tracible back to you. So, no more publications of others with for example similar names in your publication list.

Benefits of an ORCID iD, it:

  • distinguishes you and ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you
  • reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations
  • improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs
  • is interoperable (works with many institutions, funders, and publishers)

More information about author identifiers is available in the e-module ‘You in databases: Academic profiling’.

More info

Do you need advice about ORCID and/or academic profiling? Please contact Judith Gulpers of the Research Evaluation and Assessment Service (REAS) team of the library.

Earlier life hacks

  • During your studies you will get lots of assignments on various subjects for different courses. But how do you know break down the assignment to its core?

    First you start by checking if you understand what is being asked of you with each assignment. What do you need to deliver, an essay or report? And how many words and so on. If something is unclear, ask questions and rewriting the question in your own words might help.

    Check the following video (2:20) and learn how to dissect the assignment question so you can directly start working on it in the right way.

    Like to learn more study skills?

    Check all the Information Skills e-modules.

  • As you are working on an assignment or your thesis, you are sifting through a lot of information. But you do spot fake news, disinformation or even propaganda?

    Fake news is an expression often used in the media as well lately, but what is it exactly. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as follows:

    Fake news n. originally U.S. news that conveys or incorporates false, fabricated, or deliberately misleading information, or that is characterized as or accused of doing so.

    In order to evaluate your information properly you can use the following steps (PDF) Also check out these handy fact checker websites and all information on Newspapers we offer on current affairs.

    Not sure about the quality of your information?

    Ask our experts via

  • Erasmus Data Service Centre (EDSC) housed in Mandeville Building

    Are you working on your research project from home and are you handling data (sets)?

    During your research project you will be collecting data. In order to keep track of this data, organize and structure it, a Data Management Plan (DMP) is essential. It helps you organise your data management process and will make your research process more efficient.

    DMP Online tool

    You can use this tool to easily write your data management plan online. Log in with your ERNA account, select the (funder specific) format you want, and the fill out the questions. The tool also provides the possibility to work on the DMP together your colleagues by inviting them and leaving comments next to each question when necessary.

    Need support or more info?

    Ask our colleagues at the Erasmus Data Service Centre

  • When you search in online databases, such as a library catalog (sEURch) or any of the databases in our A-Z database list, you can not just type in your research question like you maybe would in Google. Using

    Boolean Operators

    In order to get the results, you want from these databases you need to speak in a way they understand to get what you’re looking for.

    One concept to formulate effective search statements is to use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) to connect your keywords and concepts, check out the short video with keywords Coca Cola and Pepsi (2:19) on how to use these operators.

    More info

    Learn all about search methods in our e-module Search techniques and more in our Information Skills section.

  • Due to the corona regulations studying and working from home is the new normal. Now, as we search for information digitally more than ever, many academic publishers and vendors offer free access to their collections of e-books and e-journals. More than 100.000 books, from all disciplines, have been temporarily added to the collection of the Library.

    The books and journals in these collections can be found in sEURch and when you search online you will get easy access by using the Library Access browser extension and your ERNA-account (see Library life hack 2).

    Collection overview

    In our A-Z datbase list you will find an overview of these collections, including information about the offer and the end date.

  • Quick and easy off-campus access to digital library resources

    The Library Access browser extension gives you simple and quick off-campus access to academic articles, journals and databases licensed by your university library. Just download the browser extension once and use it forever.

    Let’s get started

    1. Install the extension (powered by Lean Library)
    2. Select your institution
    3. Login with your ERNA-ID and you are ready to go.
  • Are you busy working on thesis or paper from home? How do you keep track of your references? RefWorks might come in handy as you will be able to collect, manage and export them to your thesis.

    Get started with RefWorks

    Interested in how RefWorks can help you? Check out our online course RefWorks. You will learn how to use RefWorks for collecting, managing and exporting your references as foot- or endnotes.

    Online RefWorks training

    Would you like help on how to use RefWorks? Check out the online training of Tuesday 31 March given by RefWorks. You will get help with completing your assignment by importing your references or learn how you can how to write assignment with your fellow students through collaborative writing with RefWorks.