Finding literature for a specific topic: general information

You have picked your research question but are not sure where and how you may find the appropriate literature? You can take a number of approaches to your search:

  • Searching in electronic catalogues or databases: principal steps are outlined in an online-tutorial „Effizient recherchieren“ (compiled by the university library of Konstanz)
  • Using search engines on the net: how to find useful academic information is explained in the video-tutorial „Einstiege ins Internet“ (compiled by Lotse (ULB Münster))

Reference management programmes help you to organize and proceed collected citations, we help you selecting an appropriate one before you start your research.

… and if you fundamentally query, how academic literature is generated and why you need it for your own academic work, find information in the online-tutorial „Informationskreislauf“ (compiled by the university library Konstanz)

Finding licenced material for Goettingen University via Google Scholar

Google Scholar is frequently being used as a search engine for fee-requiring licenced academic articles as well as (free) open access publications. If the article found is licenced by the University of Göttingen, a link via the service tool SFX leads directly to the full-text. This works from outside Göttingen university campus only if you start Google Scholar with Datenbank-Infosystem.

Literature retrieval for your research topic

Depending on the discipline you study, some search entries will be more suitable than others. There are also subject-related catalogues which are useful to know. Please use the services described on our subject-specific webpages if you want to learn more.

Should you be looking for manuscripts, literary remains, Early Printed Books, Incunabula or other special collections, please refer to our Special Collections website with search tips and a list of specific catalogues.