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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.

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Search portal ZHAW swisscovery


ZHAW swisscovery serves as a single point of entry to search all ZHAW University Library holdings. You will be able to find both print and digital materials with a single search query. Extracts from the ZHAW digitalcollection are also included.

The national research platform swisscovery lists more than 30 million media (books, series, journals, non-book materials) and more than 3 billion electronic articles.


E-book supplier platforms

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.


Electronic journals

Due to the transition to ZHAW swisscovery, the Electronic Journals Library (EZB) will no longer be updated as of 1 December 2020. It will be deleted in the first quarter of 2021.

You’ll find the University Library collection of electronic journals listed in the EZB. It 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.

Print journals

You can find the University Library’s holding of print journals listed in ZHAW swisscovery. As a rule, these journals are not borrowable.

ZHAW digitalcollection

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.


Databases available

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.

LinkSolver - link to full text

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 ZHAW swisscovery, where you can check whether the document you are looking for is available in print form in a library.

Electronic reference works

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.

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