• General introduction

    This section is about evaluating and refining your literature search and about assessing the quality of search results. Furthermore, we give you some tips for the procurement of books and full text articles, for referencing and the use of reference management software and for useful literature on academic writing.

  • 3.3 Access options

    Many catalogues and subject databases only contain the bibliographical references of a publication and do not offer direct online access to the document's full text. In this section we present you the different options you have to get hold of a publication.

    1. Direct access

    Some databases offer direct access to the electronic full text of publications. Full texts are usually available as PDF or HTML file.

    2. Electronic Journals Library

    If the database does not offer access to the full text of the article you need, search the Electronic Journals Library for the journal that published the article. Traffic light colours indicate if full text access is available or not and there is a direct link to the platform offering full text access to the journal.

    3. Web search

    Conduct a search with Google or GoogleScholar to check if the article you need is freely available in the internet.

    4. Research platform swisscovery (library catalogue)

    Search swisscovery for the journal that published the article you are looking for. In many cases it is possible to order and loan the print version of the journal.

    5. Other library catalogues

    If you cannot find the journal needed via swisscovery, ask us for more possible services. Note that you will be charged for the order from libraries that are not part of the SLSP Courier network.

    An international document delivery service that also has to be paid for is Subito.


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    If you have any question about the access to literature ask the FHGR Library.

    3.2 Quality assessment3.4 Referencing