When searching for scholarly literature a first option is our library discovery tool LibSearch.
LibSearch offers acces to all (e)books, (e)journals and (e)-articles and other materials held by the library. LibSearch also offers information on the availability of resources in other libraries in the Netherlands and worldwide. Many documents not available at the VU library’s own collection can be ordered for a fee by clicking on ‘request item through InterLibray Loan’.
When doing a literature search, it is always recommended to consult a second database. You will have other (more advanced) options to search and select literature and will get a different listing of search results. Have a look at the databases available to you below.
Academic journals are often ranked using a measure of their citation impact. Citation impact is a measure of how many times an academic journal article or book or author is cited by other articles, books or authors.
The journals listed below have a high citation impact and are important in the social sciences. A good start when you want to find out what topics and theme's are being debated.
Many recent books are available digitally; LibSearch will provide the correct link and make sure that you will have access. Access rights for digital books vary: some books can be downloaded, others can only be read from screen. Often, the number of simultaneous users is limited.
A selection of online refence works:
Older books and many textbooks are only available in print. The open stack books for social sciences can be found on the first floor of the main building, near the main Library desk. Books in closed stacks can be requested through LibSearch. Most books can be taken out for four weeks.
When you want to place a hold on a printed book, make sure you ACTIVATE YOUR STUDENT CARD for the library.
Course literature is available in the open stacks on the first floor. It can be borrowed at the self service station unless it is on loan to another user. Restrictions apply: next day return, no renewal, and increased fines for overdue returns. A part of the course literature is available as ebooks and can be accessed through Libsearch.
If you do not have access to the publisher's version of a publication, How to get the pdf? might help to find alternative versions.