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Materials and Search Services A-Z
The A-Z list contains brief information about materials and the search services you use to find the materials. Filter or use the list to find the material types and search services you are looking for.
Use Alvin to find parts of the University Library's manuscripts. Search for personal name, archive or organisation. Alvin also contain references to material located in other cultural heritage institutions in Sweden.
- Archives, see Manuscripts
- Articles, see Journal articles or Newspapers
Audio and video
Audio and video recordings are recordings of music, drama, dance, radio and tv. You will find recordings in Supersearch, card catalogues and in databases.
- Audio books, see Talking books
- Bill, see Government bills
Biokat is a scanned card catalogue that contains references to literature within medicine and natural sciences until about 1980. In Biokat you can browse and request books from the library stacks. Literature within these subjects published before 1957 can be found in Katalog -1957.
The Education Library has a collection of board games. Use Supersearch to find board games.
You find the University Library's books in Supersearch. For older books you might have to search our scanned and printed card catalogues.
Botankat is a scanned card catalogue that contains references to literature within botany up to 1978. In Botankat you can browse and request books from the library stacks. Literature within botany published before 1957 can be found in Katalog -1957.
With the service Browzine you can search, read, save and monitor many of the Library's electronic journals. Students and staff at the University of Gothenburg can access the articles in Browzine by logging in with their GU account.
Card catalogues contain printed cards with references to older literature. The cards are sorted alphabetically or by topic. The University Library has several printed card catalogues that are located at the various libraries. Some of the card catalogues are scanned and available online: Katalog -1957, EKO, Lärobokskatalogen 1958-75, BIOKAT, BOTANKAT och DAHLKAT.
Case law from Swedish courts are available in the Library's law databases. Each database has a description where you can find out what courts and verdicts it covers. On the Riksdag Library's website you can learn more about publications from the different courts, if you are unsure of which database to use.
Catalogue 58- is a printed card catalogue placed at the Humanities Library that contains references to literature published between 1958 to circa 1975.
- CD, see Audio and video
Colour charts with colour codes are available at the Art Library. The charts are to be used in the library and cannot be taken home.
The library provides access to several databases with facts about companies. Use our database list and filter by subject Economy and subject term Company facts to find the databases.
- Corporate information, see Company facts
Dahlkat is a scanned card catalogue that contains references to professor Carl G. Dahls (1875-1959) collection of literature within pomology (the study of cultivated fruits and fruit trees), horticulture and landscaping. The collection includes publications printed between 1539 and 1959.
The University Library's databases contain articles in full text, references to articles, statistics and company facts, dictionaries and other types of material. Use databases when you need to find scholarly information on a subject.
Datasets generated by research are made available through research data catalogues in various subjects. Use Google's dataset search to do a multidisciplinary search for datasets.
Datasets can also be searched via the repositories' own catalogues. You can search for data repositories via the Registry of Data Repositories. A topic list of data repositories can be found at The Open Access Directory.
- Diaries, see Manuscripts
A dictionary contains lists of words in a language or within a subject field, with an explanation of the meaning of the words in the same language or in a different language. A dictionary describes the language as opposed to an encyclopedia that describes the world. You can find dictionaries in Supersearch.
Digitised material is printed works which have been digitised, often in the form of a high-resolution PDF file. The material can be books, journals, posters, photographs, manuscripts or some other kind of printed or handwritten work from the Library's collections. Use dLiver to find and download the digitised material.
- Dissertations, see Doctoral theses
- dLiver, see Digitised material
A doctoral thesis is the final result of a doctoral students study period. You will find doctoral theses in Supersearch, Swepub and WorldCat.
- Donated collections, see Special collections
- Drama, see Theatre scripts
- Ds, see Ministry Publication Series
- DVD, see Audio and video
An e-book is an electronic book that can be read on your computer, mobile phone or tablet. You can find e-books in Supersearch.
Eko is a scanned card catalogue that contains references to literature within business administration, economics and law, published prior to 1980. In Eko you can browse and request books from the library stacks.
Encyclopedias contain lists of words sorted by subject or in alphabetical order, with short articles about the meaning of the words. An encyclopedia describes the meaning of the word in the world as opposed to a dictionary that describes the use of the word in language. You can find encyclopedias in Supersearch. Many of our electronic encyclopedias can be found in the database list.
Ephemera is older informational or commercial material such as booklets, pamphlets or brochures. The University Library's ephemera collection is located at the Humanities Library.
- Essays, see Student theses
A fanzine is a non-official publication produced by fans and enthusiasts of a particular phenomenon, for the pleasure of others who share their interest. Fanzine contents usually relate to the hobby, which can be for example a literary or musical genre. Fanzines are located at the Art Library and the Humanities Library. Use Supersearch to find fanzines.
- Film, see Audio and video
In the database Gena you may find PhD theses in Women's Studies, Men's Studies and Gender Research in Sweden, from 1960 onwards. Newer theses are often available in full text. The interface is in Swedish but many of the theses are written in English and most of those in other languages have an English abstract.
- Glossary, see Dictionaries
- Government bills
GUP is the University of Gothenburg publication database. GUP contains references to articles, book chapters, whole books, reports and other material published by authors at the University of Gothenburg. The database extends from 2004 onwards. In accordance with decision from the Vice-Chancellor, authors at the University of Gothenburg are to register their publications i GUP.
Gupea (Gothenburg University Publications - Electronic Archive) is a database for electronic publishing. In Gupea you will find doctoral theses and other publications by authors working at the University. The database also contains student theses and a large collection of video and audio resources.
Katalog -1957 (Pre -1957 Catalogue) is a scanned card catalogue that contains references to literature within all subject areas, published up until 1957. In Katalog -1957 you can browse and request books from the library stacks.
In the portal Kriterium you find freely accessible peer reviewed books. The portal is a collaboration between several universities in Sweden. Gothenburg University Library participates in coordinating and providing technical support for the project.
KVINNSAM is an interdisciplinary database containing references to gender studies available at the University Library. In the database you will find articles, books, chapters and essays from 1970 onwards. KvinnSam is also the name of the National Resource Library for Gender Studies. KvinnSam is a part of Gothenburg University Library.
Lärobokskatalogen 1958-75 (School Textbook Catalogue) is a scanned card catalogue that contains references to textbooks for Swedish elementary school and upper secondary school from 1958 to 1975. In Lärobokskatalogen you can browse and request books from the library stacks. Literature within these subjects published before 1957 can be found in Katalog -1957.
- Law, see Legislation
- Legal case, see Case law
- Legimus, see Talking books
Swedish legislation is available in databases or in printed books. Newer legislation is freely available at the Riksdag website.
- Letters, see Manuscripts
- Lexicon, see Dictionaries
Libris is the national library catalogue. In Libris you can find information about publications you can borrow from all university libraries and several research libraries in Sweden.
- LP records, see Audio and video
The University Library's collections of manuscripts consists mainly of archives from individuals and associations including letters, diaries and manuscripts. You find manuscripts in the database Alvin, and in card catalogues and directories at the Humanities Library.
Use Supersearch to search for maps in the library's collections. Digital maps can be found in the database list by filtering on the material type Maps and pictures. A collection of historical maps can be found at the Humanities Library and are indexed in a card catalogue. Contact the Humanities Library for help finding these maps.
- Materials library
- Microfilm, see Newspapers
Ministry Publication Series
The Ministry Publication Series (Ds) contains reports of inquiries conducted by the ministries that are presented to the government as proposals. Ds in electronic versions can be found in the Library's law databases or on the government's website. Printed versions of Ds are available at the Economics Library and can be found by using Supersearch.
- Music, see Audio and video or Scores
- OJS, see Open Journal Systems
- Open data, see Datasets
Open Journal Systems
Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a system for publishing journals online. OJS includes features for managing subscriptions and review processes. Editorial boards affiliated to the University of Gothenburg can get assistance from the Library with publishing journals online.
- Research data, see Datasets
To find scholarships, you can use the [Global Grant database](node / 100208) which contains information about Swedish and international foundations, funds and scholarships. Another good help is the university's information about grants and scholarships.
The University Library's collection of school textbooks includes teaching material for compulsory school and upper secondary school in Sweden.
- SFS, see Legislation
- SOU, see Swedish Government Official Reports
Special collections are held together by a common property, it can be a previous owner, a subject, a publisher, or provenance. The University Library's special collections mainly contain printed books, but also bookplates, image and poster material as well as different kinds of artefacts.
Swedish and international statistics can be found in databases, online, and in printed form at the libraries.
- Statutory law, see Legislation
- Student theses
Supersearch is a search service containing the majority of the collections available at Gothenburg University Library.
Swedish Government Official Reports
Swedish Government Official Reports (SOU series) contains reports of inquiries that are presented to the government as proposals. SOU in electronic versions can be found in the SOU database or on the government's website. Printed versions of SOU are available at the Economics Library and can be found by using Supersearch.
A talking book is an audio recorded version of a printed book. Talking book loans are only available for students and staff who are in need of read and write support.
You can find talking books by searching them in the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media:s catalogue Legimus and read them in your computer, smart phone or in certain media players.
You find textbooks in Supersearch. Filter your search by Textbook to easily limit your result to only textbooks.
Theatre scripts are intended for rehearsal, often with lots of space on the pages for notes. The Music and Drama Library holds theatre scripts from Stadsteatern and Folkteatern in Gothenburg, and from Dramaten in Stockholm. Use Supersearch to find our theatre scripts. You must collect available scripts from the shelf yourself. Musik- och teaterbiblioteket in Stockholm has large collections of theatre scripts from several theatres in Sweden. If you are interested in their material, you can place an order for an interlibrary loan.
- Thesis, see Student theses or Doctoral theses
- Wordbook, see Dictionaries