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Where do I search?

Where should you search? It depends on the type of material you want to find. Different search tools cover different subjects and contain different types of materials.

The Library search tool

The Library search tool is a good place to start searching. Here you can search for either "Books and e-books" or "Articles."


When searching for articles with the Library search tool, you are searching in most databases and journals that are available through the university. You are also searching in databases of all subjects. This means that you can get a large number of hits.

If you get an unmanageable number of hits, a tip is to use a subject database. If you search in a subject database and get too few hits, try to search the Library search tool.


The library provides access to a large number of databases that contain scientific articles. A database is a collection of materials which have been made searchable. It can cover many subjects, or be subject-specific, thus collecting just those materials in a specific discipline.

Some databases contain full text materials, while others provide only references. They may also contain factual data such as statistics, standards and patents. It is good to find out what type of material you can find in the database.

In a database, you can often narrow your search in other ways than you can in the Library search tool. For example, you can limit your search to a specific age group or geographic area. Databases work in different ways so it can be a good idea to look in the database help section to get more detailed information about how you should proceed when searching the database.


If you search with Google you will miss out on a lot of scientific material. Therefore, it is often better to use the library search systems and databases. You can also use the service Google Scholar to find scientific material. All the material in Google Scholar is not scientific, and the selection criteria are unclear. It is therefore important to critically examine the sources.

Subject guides

Use our subject guides for tips on databases and links in your topic.