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August 5, 2019

New in Library Access: search via context menu

By Richard Broekman

(No idea what the Library Access extension is? Read about it on our site, then go and install it and discover how useful it is.)

The latest version of the Library Access extension brings something new to your browser: Highlight text on a webpage and Search one of our selected databases using the highlight text as a search term. This option is available in the context menu of your browser, i.e. by right-clicking on a web page.

Consider the example in the screenshot below. While reading about an article in PubMED, this user selected the terms Tilburg Frailty Indicator and send this directly to Tilburg University’s Research Portal to see which articles on this topic have been published by Tilburg University researchers.

Screenshot of Highlight & Search example

Highlight & Search example


There is a limit of 5 possible sources for Highlight & Search. We currently offer WorldCat Discovery (our catalog), Tilburg University Research Portal, and Google Scholar. As time goes by, sources may be added or removed, based on user input. Want to add your vote? Just pick your favorite sites in our survey. (Sign in to the Google form with your mail address. We do not log your address, we just want to make sure the survey is answered by Tilburg University respondents.)

Category: databases

July 18, 2019

Tips for working from home (or the beach)

By Richard Broekman

Do you need access to library resources while away from campus? We have a few tips on making this easy, no matter where you are.

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Most library resources are available from anywhere in the world. So if you regularly work from home, or if you happen to be on the road to attend a conference, you always have access to our resources. You can even work during your summer vacation if you really want to. We will not judge you.

A couple of tips on how to make your experience as smooth and efficient as possible.

Install the Library Access browser extension

This will help you in several ways: it will alert you to the existence of library subscribed digital content such as e-books, e-journal articles, and online databases and services, and it will direct you to Open Access versions of articles when available.

Install and run Tilburg University’s VPN connection

With VPN you can access the same content that is available to you on campus. Note that you only have to install the software once, but you need to run and log in to VPN each time before starting your browser.

Look for and connect to library databases using our A-Z list of databases

Bookmark the page for easy access. When you connect via our A-Z list, all databases that support the ‘EZproxy’ access method will allow you to get access via Single Sign-On login. This means you do not need VPN. This option is especially useful when you use someone else’s device or when you cannot install VPN. The A-Z list also contains important news regarding maintenance and availability of databases.

Use online storage for files

Found an interesting pdf but don’t want to store it on your phone because you need space for your vacation pictures? Upload the pdf to SURFdrive (employees only) or Google Drive to store it online. You can download it to your own computer later. Of course you can also use your personal cloud storage account if you have one of those.

Need print publications? Prepare for a future library visit

Unfortunately, if you need any of our paper books, you still need to visit the physical library. You can, however, place a hold on books or add them to your personal list in WorldCat Discovery, so you can easily look for the books once you are on campus again.

If you need any help with remotely accessing our library services, our Library Support staff is available all summer.

Category: databases

May 14, 2019

EZproxy and Library Access – one year later

By Richard Broekman

In 2018 we introduced two new services: EZproxy, as an alternative to VPN for off-campus access, and the Library Access browser extension that will help you find content Tilburg University subscribes too, both on and off campus. (See last year’s blog post for more information.)

Both services were introduced with minimal communication, yet both have been picked up by students and staff. This post presents a brief overview of current usage and plans for the future.


EZproxy is a product that provides access to library subscribed databases while you are off campus, without VPN. Currently, 96 databases require the use of VPN for off campus access. Of these, 77 also support EZproxy. For those databases we see an almost 50:50 ratio of access via EZproxy vs VPN. This is also true for access to our online journals and e-books, where the ratio is also 50:50.

In total, 10% of databases provided by the library are only accessible on campus or using VPN. Although we aim  to decrease this percentage even further, there will always be some databases that are only accessible on campus or by VPN.

Library Access extension

The Library Access extension is useful both on and off campus. On campus it will point out alternative copies of online journal articles, both subscribed content and open access. Off campus it will also help you access our subscription databases, without the use of VPN. This access is done using EZproxy and therefore it works for the same set of databases mentioned earlier. If you visit one of the other databases without VPN, Library Access will show a pop-up to let you know you need to run VPN.

Over the past years, Library Access has redirected people to subscription databases over 46.000 times. It also improved Google Scholar searches over 14.000 times. And it did all this for over 700 active users.






We are convinced the Library Access extension is a very useful for all staff and students who regularly look for books, articles, or information in general. By improving our communication about the extension we hope to increase the number of active users so it can help even more of our staff and students.

Your feedback

Have you tried the Library Access extension? We would like to hear about your experience and get your feedback, no matter whether positive or negative. If you would like to share your feedback about the extension, please send me an email. Your feedback on EZproxy is also appreciated.

Category: databases

May 6, 2019

PsycTESTS on trial from May 6th until June 6th, 2019

By Anja Habraken

logo APAWhat is PsycTESTS?

PsycTESTS is a database providing the full content of psychological tests and measures developed for research but not made commercially available, full bibliographic records and descriptive summaries of tests in each record, and descriptive summaries of commercially available tests with links to the publisher. All of the measurement tools included in PsycTESTS are compiled through a systematic review of peer-reviewed journals published by the American Association of Psychology (APA) and other large publishers.


The following are just some examples of the types of measures, scales, inventories, questionnaires, and tests included:

  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Educational measures
  • Intelligence tests
  • Developmental measures
  • Scales for beliefs, relationships, or expectancies
  • Personality assessment
  • Aggression, coping, or functional status questionnaires
  • Occupational measures
  • Resilience, anger response, or substance abuse inventories.

There are currently 56,000+ records in PsycTESTS.

Where to find PsycTESTS

You can access the database from this link. Access is available on the TiU campus, and via VPN if you are not on campus.

Let us know what you think!

We welcome any comments you may have about PsycTESTS, either here on the blog or by email:

May 6, 2019

PsycBOOKS on trial from May 6th until June 6th, 2019

By Anja Habraken

What is PsycBOOKS?

PsycBOOKS is a full-text database that provides access to thousands of scholarly and professional books (4,000+) and book chapters (48,000+) published by the American Association of Psychology (APA). APA books are anchored in theory, informed by empirical research, and draw out practical applications. Prior to publication, each work is thoroughly vetted through a peer-review process.


PsycBOOKS covers psychological and behavioral sciences. Available from PsycBOOKS are:

  • current titles and large backfile of classic works;
  • the entire multivolume reference book series APA Handbooks in Psychology;
  • The APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.

View the coverage list for PsycBOOKS.

logo APAWhere to find PsycBOOKS

You can access the database from this link.
Access is available on the TiU campus, and via VPN if you are not on campus.

Let us know what you think!

We welcome any comments you may have about PsycBOOKS, either here on the blog or by email:

August 29, 2018

Trial – MLA International Bibliography with Full Text

By Marian Papavoine

Tilburg University Library has a trial on MLA International Bibliography with Full Text until the end of September 2018.

The MLA International Bibliography covers scholarship in a broad range of humanities disciplines related to global literatures, languages and all forms of human communication. It includes books, journals, and web sites published in more than 100 countries and in more than 50 languages covering literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, television, video, theater, radio, opera), folklore, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, college-level teaching of literature, language and writing, and history of printing and publishing.

Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s. The database contains millions of citations as well as full text for 1,000 journals.

You will find the link to the bibliography in Tilburg University’s “All Databases A to Z” list. There you will also find a feedback form. By filling in this form you will help us to make a decision about a subscription.


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De bibliotheek van Tilburg University heeft tot eind september 2018 een proef op MLA International Bibliografy with Full Text.

De MLA International Bibliography omvat wetenschap in een breed scala van de geesteswetenschappen met betrekking tot mondiale literatuur, talen en alle vormen van menselijke communicatie. Het biedt literatuur gepubliceerd in meer dan 100 landen en in meer dan 50 talen met betrekking tot literatuurtheorie en -kritiek, drama en toneel (film, televisie, video, theater, radio, opera), folklore, taalkunde, retoriek en compositie, onderwijs op universitair niveau in literatuur, taal en schrift, en geschiedenis van drukkerijen en uitgeverijen.

De elektronische versie van de bibliografie, geproduceerd door de Modern Language Association (MLA), dateert uit de jaren twintig van de vorige eeuw. De database bevat miljoenen citaten en de volledige tekst van 1000 tijdschriften.

Je vindt het bestand in de bestandenlijst All databases A-Z. Je vindt daar ook een feedbackformulier. Met het invullen van dit formulier help je ons een beslissing te nemen over een abonnement.

August 13, 2018

New library database: SAGE Research Methods

By Anja Habraken

The TiU library has licensed a new research database, SAGE Research Methods (SRM), that provides information and instruction on research methods in the health and social sciences.

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SRM is aimed at students and researchers, and is designed to answer methods questions that arise during the various steps of the research process, including the literature search, review, research design, data collection, analysis, and write up.

The resource gathers together more than 1000 books (including the 164 Little Green Books and 48 Little Blue Books), reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos.

To go to the database, use the link above or go to Tilburg University’s “All Databases A to Z” list.

Please send your questions or comments about SRM to collection development librarian Anja Habraken, at

June 11, 2018

EBSCO Open Dissertations

By Marian Papavoine


EBSCO Open Dissertations (EOD) is a free database with more than 800,000 electronic theses and dissertations from around the world. You can find EOD in Tilburg University’s All Databases A to Z list.

EOD started in 2014, when EBSCO and the H.W. Wilson Foundation digitized the H.W. Wilson print publication Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities, 1933-1955. In 2015, EOD included records for dissertations and theses from 1955 to the present.

Some dissertations are not yet open access available due to an embargo.

Category: databases

May 3, 2018

Eenvoudig toegang tot bibliotheekbestanden buiten campus

By Richard Broekman

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Veel bestanden van de bibliotheek zijn ook zonder VPN van buiten de campus te benaderen. Dit is mogelijk via de Library Access browser extensie en via EZproxy.

Library Access extensie

Library Access popup imageDe Library Access browser extensie maakt toegang tot beschikbaar digitale materiaal eenvoudiger, waar of wanneer je ook maar wilt werken of studeren. Library Access is software die je installeert in je web browser.

Eenmaal geïnstalleerd herkent de extensie het wanneer je een website benadert waarvoor de bibliotheek een licentie heeft. Je wordt dan doorverwezen naar de EZproxy versie van de site, waarna je toegang krijgt via de Single Sign-On van Tilburg University. Daarnaast kijkt de extensie of er mogelijk een Open Access versie van een artikel beschikbaar is.


EZproxy in LibsearchMet EZproxy (“easy proxy”) krijg je toegang tot veel bibliotheekbestanden zonder dat je VPN nodig hebt. Om toegang te krijgen via EZproxy moet je altijd naar het bestand gaan via de link naar de titel in ons overzicht Alle bestanden van A-Z. Alle bestanden waarbij in de Access kolom een ‘E’ staat, zijn beschikbaar via EZproxy.

Klik je op de titel-link buiten de campus, dan moet je eenmalig inloggen via Single Sign-On. Klik je op de link vanaf een campuswerkplek of via VPN, dan wordt EZproxy niet gebruikt (want dan werkt toegang al via VPN).

EZproxy maakt gebruik van proxy-techniek. Het verkeer van je browser naar de betreffende website gaat niet rechtstreeks, maar verloopt via een server van onze leverancier van EZproxy, OCLC. Hierdoor weet de eigenaar van de site dat je verbonden bent aan Tilburg University en zo krijg je toegang tot alle inhoud die onder onze licenties valt.

Als je wilt weten of je op een EZproxy site bent, kijk dan naar de URL. De domeinnaam van een EZproxy site eindigt in

EZproxy URL


Meer informatie

Op onze site lees je meer informatie over het gebruik van de Library Access extensie en EZproxy.

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Category: databases

March 22, 2018

Financial data support

By Eric van den Akker

It can be quite difficult to know where and how to find the correct (financial) data for your research needs. Library and IT Services has a financial data support officer who assists researchers, lecturers and students in their research of financial data.

The financial data support officer is a trained master student who supports bachelor, master and PhD students and researchers from multiple TiSEM programs (e.g. finance, accountancy, and economics). He answers questions, directs you to the best databases for your financial data needs and explains how to use these databases. If you are unable to retrieve the data on your own, you can schedule an appointment for a more detailed instruction. However, the data officer will not run any searches or give you the data you need; you must still search for the data yourself. The service focuses on teaching you how to find and retrieve the data.

foto datalabLIS communicates the service to students and staff in different ways. Information about the financial data support and user guides are available on the university’s internet and intranet. The email address for support is clearly visible on the frosted window of the Data Lab, and master in finance students can find a reference to the service in Blackboard posts. If you are a lecturer, please refer to the support during your lessons, in each block’s kick-off lecture, or during the lectures in classes that use analysis of data collected from one of the databases.

Tilburg University provides access to 70 financial databases of which the most renowned are Datastream, Orbis, ThomsonOne, SDC Platinum and Compustat. You can find Datastream and SDC in the Datalab. The Datalab is a dedicated room in the university library with six computers equipped with software to retrieve financial data on companies as well as information about mergers and acquisitions. You can also use these databases to study board structures, compensations of board members, key financials and many more.

If you have problems using the financial databases, you can send an e-mail to

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