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Research guide to facility management resources

Be efficient in your research and use the various databases, reference works and additional literature in the field of facility management.


We recommend that you search the databases in order to research and review up-to-date and discipline-specific content on a topic. They mostly contain references to resources as well as full text articles from journals. Depending on the database, additional types of publications such as conference reports, book chapters, pictures, videos and much more are included.


The table below provides an overview of the databases in the area of facility management. Please note that databases marked with an asterisk (*) require special access information. You will find more information in the details of each database.


Name Subject Content
ABI/Inform economics references, some full texts, facts
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals architecture references
Business Source Premier economics references, some full texts, facts
IBSS - International Bibliography of the Social Sciences social sciences references, some full texts, facts
Materialarchiv material science full texts, facts
MATREC material science full texts, facts
SCHADIS* architecture, engineering full texts, laws, standards
Web of Science Core Collection multidisciplinary references
WISO economics, social sciences
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references, some full texts

* Requires access information. You will find more information in the details of each database.

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Reference works

Reference works are the ideal starting point for your research. In addition to defining concepts, they help you to gain an overview of a topic, narrow down a topic and find key concepts for future work.

All electronic reference works can be found and searched in ZHAW swisscovery. The selection of titles below provides you with a quick introduction to your specialist area. General reference works can also be found with the monolingual (in German) and multilingual dictionaries (in German).

Title Additional information
Corporate Real Estate Asset Management: Strategy and Implementation -
Facilities Management Handbook -
Gabler Wirtschaftslexikon Online -
International Facility Management -
Strategisches Management für die Wohnungs-und Immobilienwirtschaft -