This module explains how to find a book, whose reference details you have.
This module will take roughly 10 minutes to complete.
If you don't know yet whether a reference you have come across relates to a book or some other form of publication, go through the module 'How do I make sense of a reference?' before completing this module.
If you want to find a particular book and you've got reference details, you need to check LibSearch to see in which library it is available. (Libsearch is part of the broader OCLC libraries.)
LibSearch is a search engine that lets you search on three levels:
Please note that the default is 'Libraries worldwide'.
'Held by VU Library' in combination with a VU placeholder number indicates that the library holds a specific edition of the printed version of the book. Other editions of the same title are listed under 'Other editions and formats'. A click on the title indicates under 'Beschikbaarheid / holdings' if the book is available at once in open stacks. If the book is out on loan or a stack request, the book can be reserved. The term 'Held by VU Library' together with the 'Access online' button, means that the VU University Library gives access to an e-book.
If your book is not available in the university library, you can submit a 'Request through Interlibrary Loan' against payment. You could also consider yourself to go to another library in The Netherlands.
E-books to which the VU University Library has access to can be consulted on campus. When working off-campus you have to log in with your VUnetID. Attention: an e-book cannot usually be downloaded in full.
Please note: a lot of e-books is offered world wide through Open Access. For that please stay at the default setting libraries worldwide.
The video box contains a video which explains how to search in LibSearch.
The vast majority of contemporary articles are presented in electronic form, occasionally there is only a printed version (older articles). Printed items are contained in bound volumes. Printed items are not traced in LibSearch by author or article's title. By looking up the journal title and consulting the appropriate volume, you find the article. Articles published in so-called Open Access journals are freely accessible to everyone. UBVU provides exclusively for its own users access to paid e-journals.
You start searching by entering some relevant data in LibSearch, such as author's name and a word from the title.
The combination of 'Access Online' and "Held by VU Library" indicates that the article is available electronically. Lacking this reference you can contact the library and order a copy with a 'Request through Interlibrary Loan'.
NARCIS is dé nationale portal voor wie informatie zoekt over wetenschappers en hun werk. Naast wetenschappers maken ook studenten, journalisten en medewerkers binnen onderwijs, overheid en het bedrijfsleven gebruik van NARCIS.
NARCIS biedt toegang tot wetenschappelijke informatie waaronder (open access) publicaties afkomstig uit de repositories van alle Nederlandse universiteiten, KNAW, NWO en diverse wetenschappelijke instellingen, datasets van een aantal data-archieven, alsmede beschrijvingen van onderzoeksprojecten, onderzoekers en onderzoeksinstituten.
Dit houdt in dat NARCIS (nog) niet gebruikt kan worden als ingang tot complete overzichten van publicaties van onderzoekers. Er zijn echter steeds meer instellingen die al hun wetenschappelijke publicaties via NARCIS toegankelijk maken. Op deze wijze kunnen de publicatielijsten van de wetenschappers zo compleet mogelijk worden gemaakt.
In 2004 is de ontwikkeling van NARCIS gestart als een samenwerkingsproject van KNAW Onderzoek Informatie, NWO, VSNU en METIS in het kader van de dienstenontwikkeling binnen het DARE-programma van SURFfoundation. Dit project heeft de portal NARCIS verwezenlijkt, waarin in januari 2007 de dienst DAREnet is geïncorporeerd. Sinds 2011 is NARCIS een dienst van DANS.
A MOOC is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.
National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System
NARCIS is the main national portal for those looking for information about researchers and their work. Besides researchers, NARCIS is also used by students, journalists and people working in educational and government institutions as well as the business sector.
NARCIS provides access to scientific information, including (open access) publications from the repositories of all the Dutch universities, KNAW, NWO and a number of research institutes, datasets from some data archives as well as descriptions of research projects, researchers and research institutes.
This means that NARCIS cannot be used as an entry point to access complete overviews of publications of researchers (yet). However, there are more institutions that make all their scientific publications accessible via NARCIS. By doing so, it will become possible to create much more complete publication lists of researchers.
In 2004, the development of NARCIS started as a cooperation project of KNAW Research Information, NWO, VSNU and METIS, as part of the development of services within the DARE programme of SURFfoundation. This project resulted in the NARCIS portal, in which the DAREnet service was incorporated in January 2007. NARCIS has been part of DANS since 2011.
When people create educational resources, they may choose to share them with others openly and freely. This means that others can use these materials as part of their courses and lessons without permission. A creator of an open textbook, for example, can give explicit permission to others to use their book free of charge. We call these open education resources (OER).
Read more about it in our LibGuide Resource Centre for Education Resources and Copyright