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Whether you want to use electronic media, need a print publication or are looking for the latest scientific findings in your field, our search systems are here to help.
The e-media portal lists the e-books held in the University Library. You can access not only the full text of the e-books in the ZHAW holding but also a large number of electronic documents in the public domain.
Use “Thematische Suche” (in German only) on the homepage if you don’t have a specific keyword and you want to receive initial search results on a topic quickly.
If you want to access only the e-books provided by a specific supplier, you can use the e-book supplier platforms (in German). These platforms offer additional search functionalities, such as a full-text search. However, the platforms display not only licensed but also unlicensed sources. This means that only some of the hits will give you access to the full text.
NEBIS recherche offers a central point of access to search the University Library print collection.
NEBIS (Network of Libraries and Information Centers in Switzerland) is an affiliation 140 university libraries and research facilities from all the language regions of Switzerland. The NEBIS catalogue contains in total 10,5 million titles: books, series, journals and non-book materials.
You’ll find the University Library collection of electronic journals listed in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB). The EZB also has Open Access journals (titles which can be freely accessed in the Internet).
If you are looking for articles, we recommend searching in our databases.
You can find the University Library’s holding of print journals listed in NEBIS recherche. As a rule, these journals are not borrowable.
The ZHAW digitalcollection is the ZHAW's digital repository. As a document repository and publication service for THAW staff, it contains ZHAW publications (working papers and theses), secondary publications (green open access), as well as bibliographic references.
You can find more information in the ZHAW digitalcollection wiki.
The University Library has a wide range of databases focussing on different specialist areas. If you are looking for a specific database for your field, use the ZHAW website search at the top of this page.
Many bibliographic databases are activated for LinkSolver. If you click on the LinkSolver symbol next to a citation in a database, you will be automatically redirected to the full text, if this is available. If it is not available, you will be redirected to NEBIS recherche, where you can check whether the document you are looking for is available in print form in a library.
Use our range of dictionaries and encyclopaedias to gain an overview of a topic, find a definition of a term or keywords for your search.
Not found what you’re looking for?
- Find out about search techniques or use our reference service.
- Make an acquisition proposal (in German).
- ZHAW students: Try looking in swissbib, the metacatalogue of Swiss university libraries. Still no luck? Then please submit a request for an inter-library loan (in German).
- ZHAW staff: Please submit a request using the inter-library loan form (in German).