Information Retrieval - for Researchers

There are many ways of searching for literature: it all depends on what you are looking for. The Library’ materials are found in several digital systems, which connect to each other.
• On the Library home page you can search via the main search box or choose where to search more specifically.
• Books and printed journals can be found via Summon or the Library catalogue.
• Electronic articles are found via Summon, Databases, or Electronic journals.
• If you need other kinds of resources, you can continue your search via the Resources page.

If you do not find what you are looking for in the Library’s resources, you can search for:
• Books and articles from all Danish libraries in,
• Articles in Google Scholar.

If you still can not find what you're looking for, or you're having trouble accessing the material, you can fill out the order form.

You can read more about the various possibilities for searching here:

How to search

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’s 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. If the book is available, you can request it and pick it up when it is ready. If a book is on loan, you can place a hold on it. We will send you an email when it is ready for pickup.

In the catalogue, you can also see the current status of your own loans and requests. If nobody else has placed a hold on a book that you have borrowed, you can renew your loan here.


Databases – 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.

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

Electronic journals

Electronic journals – if you want to search for electronic journals, you can look at our list of journals, where you can search for journal titles. It is NOT possible to search for individual articles here.

If you know the title of the article you are looking for, you can search for it in Summon. Otherwise, you need to find the journal title and use that for finding the article itself. – if you cannot 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 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 choose for yourself at which library you want to pick up books. But be aware that if SDUB owns a specific book or printed journal, you cannot request the same volume(s) and pick it up at SDUB. If that 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 so that you can see which resources are available via SDU.

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