Universität Bonn

University and State Library

Training Sessions

The USL organizes a wide range of introductory and training sessions for anyone keen to get to know our library and its services a bit better.

General introductory sessions on using the library

Just starting out in your studies or not set foot in the library yet?

We regularly run brief introductions to using the library at the start of every semester. You can choose either an on-site introduction or a digital session.

We are looking forward to introducing you to our library in the space of 30 minutes and answering your questions:

  • Where do I register?
  • How do I get into the open stacks?
  • Where can I find the perfect learning spot for me?

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At the start of each semester, we announce our dates on this web page, under “Latest News from the USL”and via our social media channels.

As participant numbers are limited, we would be grateful if you could register in advance using this registration form.

The sessions are primarily intended for students at the University of Bonn. However, people from outside the University will also be welcome if there are free spaces.

Individual introductory sessions can be arranged for groups of five or more.

Simply email our training team at schulung@ulb.uni-bonn.de.

As we are an institution of the University of Bonn, the introductory and training sessions are geared primarily to our students. Bonn City Library runs activities suitable for schoolchildren in all year groups.

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Book a Librarian

Have you changed your study location or your field of study? Have you not been to the library in a long time or has it been years since your library introduction?
Then we have the perfect offer for you:

Book a Librarian - Consultation service for students at the University of Bonn

Receive a 30-minute individual consultation on-site at the main library, MNL, or via Zoom.
To schedule an appointment, please fill in the form

Coaching for tutors

Want to show your students the library? Simply book a brief introduction with our training team. We can generally fit ourselves around the timings for your course or courses.

However, we are also happy to provide a coaching session for tutors here in the library, particularly if you are looking after several groups.

We will tell you what is really important for your students to know and get you “fit for the library.

Interested? Then simply email our training team at schulungen@ulb.uni-bonn.de with your preferred dates—no need to fill in any forms.

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It’s very important to us that students are given a proper introduction to using the library. For this reason, we can only allow tutors who have received coaching to give tours.

To make sure that the introductory sessions run smoothly, the training team must be informed of any planned library tours at least a week in advance wherever possible.

Please bear in mind for planning purposes that tours can only run on Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm.

As the arrangements for using the library change all the time, we recommend refreshing your knowledge regularly. Please get in touch with our training team in good time to book a repeat coaching session.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate requests made at very short notice.

Since our training team always has a lot on its plate at the start of the semester, we would be grateful if you could register in good time.  Please understand that we are unable to accommodate requests made at short notice.

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Introductory sessions on our bonnus search portal

How does bonnus work?

We run individual training sessions for groups of five or more to explain the basic features of our search portal:

  • What data can I find?
  • How do I use the filters?
  • How can I use the search interface?
  • How do I manage my account?
  • We will gladly answer these and any other questions you might have.

We can also discuss specific problems with literature research with you in greater detail in a bonnus consultation, which you will need to arrange separately.

Please feel free to contact our training team at schulung@ulb.uni-bonn.de if you are interested.

Reference management using Citavi

Citavi is a software package for reference management and knowledge organization. The Windows application (no Mac version is available) helps students and researchers through all steps of working with academic literature.

Newcomers to Citavi can take part in a training session for beginners.

Training sessions for advanced users are offered for anyone with some prior knowledge of Citavi. You will get to know Citavi’s most important features in a demonstration delivered as a presentation via the videconferencing software Zoom. We also provide training in English.

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Training dates Citavi

Please note

We currently offer Citavi training in English only upon request.
If you are interested in Citavi training in English, please contact our training team at schulung@ulb.uni-bonn.de.

We also encourage you to explore the Citavi training materials and information available on the following eCampus pages: Introduction to Citavi.

Open Science and Research data management

Open Science Coffee Lectures

Summer semester 2023

The Open Access & Research Data Service Centers are continuing the Open Science Coffee Lectures in the summer semester 2023. Join us every last Wednesday of the month from 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. and listen to a short presentation on Open Science related topics. Any questions? You are welcome to share them with us in the Q&A session directly after the presentation!

Online (without registration) via Zoomhttps://uni-bonn.zoom.us/j/69964946222?pwd=bTE0S04xY09QeWQ5TEVwSDVkcWRvUT09

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Open Science and Research data management workshops

The Research Data Service Center regularly offers training courses covering various Open Science and research data management aspects in German and English.

Our training courses, in cooperation with the BGZ, are mainly aimed at doctoral students and postdocs. On request, we are happy to hold workshops tailored to the needs of individual institutions such as institutes, collaborative projects or graduate schools.

If you have any questions or would like to receive more information about our training courses, please contact us at researchdata@uni-bonn.de.

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“Digital Humanities” information events

We organize regular information events all about Digital Humanities. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in an event on Digital Humanities in general or have a specific question. We will be happy to arrange dates for workshops and information events and look forward to hearing from you—simply email dh@ulb.uni-bonn.de

Detailed information on Digital Humanities—services and advice for researchers.

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