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What is DiZ?

DiZ, an acronym for “Discover information sources Zuyd" is Zuyd Library's very own search engine with which you can perform an integrated search through the library catalogue and electronic sources, providing comprehensive results to broaden your research and by locating information you might not know exists. This Zuyd Discovery Service has been developed by EBSCO.

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Why use DiZ when you can use Google?

A great deal of scientific information is contained in databases which Google cannot access. The reason being that this information must be paid for. Zuyd Library purchases licences from publishers to facilitate access to this information for both its students and staff. Unlike Google, Diz can search the Zuyd information sources exclusively and link you directly through to the full-text document.

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Which information sources does DiZ search?

It is important to know that not all available Zuyd databases are searched by DiZ: as yet not all publishers allow their journals, books or databases to be indexed. Take a look at the Databases A-Z overview

The major publishers and databases can be accessed through DiZ, unfortunately, however, the databases not represented in the DiZ search are mostly the Dutch language databases. The emphasis therefore lies on information in the English language. Zuyd Library is working together with other learning institutions to realize the inclusion of more Dutch language sources in the DiZ index.

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When do I use DiZ?

You can use DiZ to find a specific article or book, to search for literature on a particular topic or to gain inspiration on a certain subject.

DiZ is especially handy when you perform a broad search and are not familiar with the specific databases available. For an extended literature search we recommend that in addition to using DiZ  you also make use of the individual discipline-specific databases. It should also be noted that a number of discipline-specific databases (e.g. Kluwer Navigator and Company Info) are not included in the DiZ search.

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How do I search DiZ?

On the library website you can enter your search term(s) directly in the DiZ search bar.  An advanced search can be performed by clicking the link below the search bar to go to the advanced search page.

The search hits are displayed on a page listing the hard copy and/or digital documents matching your request. Using the menu on the left you can further refine your original search results. The digital documents are accompanied by a direct link to the full-text or a request link enabling you to order the document from the library.

DiZ not only helps you to cite sources correctly, but your search history can be saved for future use, results can be shared and via the “My Discovery” option you can create a personalized account.

Zuyd Library provides tutorials on using DiZ. In addition, the Library website contains short videos explaining various aspects of its use.

► DiZ Info Clips

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How do I find the full-text version of an article?

In DiZ the full-text version of an article can be found by various means. This is dependent on the publisher and the source of the article concerned.

  • Many articles can be opened directly by clicking through to the full-text.
  • Occasionally a secondary screen appears providing a link to the article.
  • DiZ  also finds articles in a number of databases which do not have a licence agreement with Zuyd. These are databases that the Library considers beneficial to include in the search. With these articles there is no match to the full-text, but a Google Scholar link and a request link appears instead. The request link opens a digital form with which you can order the document via Zuyd Library. Before you fill out the request form, search in Google Scholar first. Sometimes you will find the full-text via the Google Scholar link.
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Can I use DiZ from home?

Yes, you can. Via the homepage search box, you can use DiZ everywhere. However, outside the Zuyd computer network there is restricted access and some features are not available.

For full access use the home access link on the homepage. By clicking on that link the Zuyd login screen appears. Log in with your Zuyd account and you will have full access to DiZ.

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