Wageningen Graduate School Courses

Below you can find a list of competences, skills and career oriented courses which are organised by Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) in which the 7 Graduate Schools of Wageningen University (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS and WIMEK) are formally organised. All courses are intended for PhDs and post-docs, except the courses Professional in Supervision and Effective Leadership Styles which are intended for staff supervising WU PhD candidates. Please click on the course name for more information about the course and dates at which the course is given.

Information Literacy including EndNote Introduction (ILP)

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator  
17 and 18 February 2015 8:30 AM 5:00 PM Jos Smelik Apply
Day 2 starts at 09:00 and ends at 12:30  
15 and 16 April 2015 8:30 AM 5:00 PM Jos Smelik Apply
Day 2 starts at 9:00 and ends at 12:30  
9 and 10 June 2015 8:30 AM 5:00 PM Jos Smelik Apply
Day 2 starts at 09:00 and ends at 12:30  

Course description

This course on Information Literacy and EndNote is offered by Wageningen Graduate Schools and organised by Wageningen UR Library.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Use the Wageningen UR Digital Library, including bibliographic databases on different platforms, electronic journals, my library, alerting services, etcetera  
  • Identify and choose appropriate information sources for your research
  • Use different search strategies (quick search, following a thread, and advanced search queries)
  • Build advanced search queries, using Boolean operators and database specific search tools
  • Identify appropriate and valued target journals in which to publish
  • Calculate research impact using Web of Science and Essentials Science Indicators, and to recognise opportunities to enhance your impact. 
  • Manage your references using Endnote. EndNote is citation management software that allows you to organise your own literature references. It is closely integrated with your word processor, and makes the inclusion of references in your reports and articles really easy.

You will also get an individual instruction and help in developing a balanced search plan, that will be beneficial throughout your PhD period.

General Information

Target Group: The course is set up for PhD-students and postdocs.
Group size: 10-16 participants
Course duration: Two days
Language: English
Credit points: 0.6 ECTS
Self-study hours 0
Name lecturer: Annemie Kersten (course leader) and Information Specialists of Wageningen UR Library
Venue: Room 460, Forum Library, Droevendaalsesteeg 2, 6708 PB Wageningen



Programme Day 1 (08:30-17:00)

Effective use of the Wageningen Digital Library, including:

  • Bibliographic databases on different platforms
  • Search strategies and search queries
  • My Library: customisation, alerts and off campus access
  • Getting known items
  • Wageningen UR Library Catalogue and Global Search

Please note: This part of the course has a great deal of overlap with the Information Literacy courses in the BSc and MSc programmes at Wageningen University.

Publishing and Impact:

  • Choosing the right journal (journal features) 
  • Citations, impact and rankings (Web of Science and Essential Science Indicators) 
  • Journal impact factors, quartile scores and publishing strategy

Programme Day 2 (09:00-12:30) 

Intensive instruction and practical on EndNote.

Developing a personal information plan (appointment with information specialist)
You will draft a strategy to satisfy your information needs covering the PhD period. You will develop your personal search plan in cooperation with the information specialists of Wageningen UR Library. This part of the course consists of intensively supervised development of an information plan for each participant individually, that will benefit your PhD research period.

The information specialist that best matches your subject will make an appointment with you for a follow-up meeting.


1. Reduced fee: PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) and postdocs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the graduate schools of Wageningen (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK) € 140,-
2. Full fee: All other PhD candidates / post-docs and staff of Wageningen University € 280,-
3. Extended fee: All other participants € 560,-

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation condition:

Until four weeks before the start of the course, you can cancel free of charge. After this date you will be charged with the “Full Fee”. 

Exemption of payment:

  • When there is a replacement (who you can propose, in this case please inform the course coordinator) you will only be charged with €100.

  • For PhD’s and post-docs of Wageningen University: when you have a valid reason (circumstances beyond your control) to cancel, you will be charged the reduced fee. In this case a written statement of the supervisor/superior is required.

Note: When you do not have a valid reason to cancel or do not show up at courses that are free of charge you will be charged with €100.


For more information please contact the Management Support Unit of the Library: tel: +31 (0)317-485479 or email: MSU.Library@wur.nl