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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 either under the tab "Books and eBooks" or under the "Articles" tab.

Books and eBooks

When you search for books and e-books in the Library Search Tool, you are automatically redirected to LIBRIS, the common directory used for Swedish libraries. The search is automatically limited to finding books and e-books available at the University Library at Luleå University of Technology. If you want to borrow a book that is from another library, you can borrow the book by an interlibrary loan. Please note that you cannot use interlibrary loans for e-books .


When you search for articles in the Library Search Tool, you search in multiple databases at the same time, which means that you can get a lot of hits. To reduce the number of hits, you can use different filters, such as peer reviewed, language or source type. However, you cannot use subject headings when using the Library Search Tool. In that case, use a topic-specific database instead, where you can make more specific refinements.


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 University Librarys 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. The content in Google Scholar is not permanent, which means that articles you previously found may be deleted the next time you search.

Subject guides

By using the University Library's subject guides you will find, for example, keywords, databases and journals that is focused on your subject area. You will also find many useful links that you can use to find more information.