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Information Retrieval - for Researchers

Many ways

There are many ways of searching for literature: it all depends on what you are looking for. The Library materials can be located and retrieved from several digital systems, which are mutually connected. At the Library homepage you can make your search via the main search box and select where you want to search.

If you need other kind of resources, you can continue your search via the page Resources.

Troubles finding?

  • If you can't find what you are looking for in the Library resources, you can search in either or Google Scholar.
  • If you still can't find what you're looking for, then please continue to Trouble finding an article?
  • You login and get access with you SDU credentials.
  • If you have troubles logging in or getting access, please contact our Licensing Office via mail or phone 6550 2632.

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Search box on the Library homepage

On the Library home page you can search via the main search box, where you can choose between All Resources (Summon), Books and printed journals (the catalogue), Electronic journals (listed alphabetically) or Databases (listed alphabetically).

Please note: if you want to search for an article title, you cannot use the main search box you find on the page for Databases or Electronic Journals. Here you must know which database or which journal you are looking for before you can search for the individual article.


Summon – shows resources from both article databases and our catalogue of books and printed journals.


If you find an article or electronic book here, Summon will give you a direct link to the material. If you find a printed book or journal, Summon will give you a link to the Library’s catalogue. 

The Library Catalogue

The Catalogue is where you can search for our books and printed journals. Here you can see where the books are placed, and whether a book is available or on loan. You can place a hold on the book, and we will send you an email when it is ready for pickup.

In the catalogue under My Account you can also see your current status of your loans and requests, and you can renew books if no one has placed a hold on them.


We have access to hundreds of databases targeting specific fields of study.
You can search via the databases in two ways:

  • If you know which base you want to use, you can find it in the A-Z list. If you use the search box on the right, it is best to put "..." around your search term, e.g. "Web of Science".
  • You can use the tabs to find databases from a particular field of study.

Many of the resources that you can find in the databases can also be found via Summon.

Electronic journals

Electronic journals – if you want to search for electronic journals, you can visit our list of journals in Browzine, where you search for journal titles, subjects or the journal's ISSN.

It is NOT possible to search for an article's title via the search box in Browzine. If you know the title of the article you are looking for, you should first make a search for the journal title and then in the journal search for the article itself.

We also have an A-Z list of Electronic journals. If you have a DOI number or a PubMedID for an article, it is possible to search for the specific article through this list.

If you looking for a specific elektronic article, and you only have the title, it is often easier to search for it through Summon.

Are you browsing for specific studies, you should know that the categories in  Browzine are made using American standards, which we can't change. This means that a study that at SDU is affiliated with e.g. Health like Psychology, in Browzine is affiliated with Soc. Science. – if you can't find what you are looking for in Summon or in the catalogue, you can try searching

In, you can find everything that has been published in Denmark, as well as the collections of the Danish libraries – and you can order materials or see at which library the books are immediately available.

There are also posts telling you where to find articles, especially from Danish newspapers and journals.

You can order materials from other libraries and chose to pick up them up at either your local library or a SDU library. Please note though if SDU Library  owns a specific book or printed journal, then you can't order the same volume(s) from another library to pick up at SDU. If this is the case, please ask the library staff to help you.

You can read more about searching in on their home page under Help.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is another search possibility. Of course, Scholar has resources far beyond what SDU makes available, but if you search for academic articles in Scholar, it is possible to adjust your settings in order for you to see which resources are available via SDU.