A book is often an in-depth, scientific study on a certain subject. Such a monograph often contains overviews and theory and is the result of years of research. It is very suitable as the first entry for a certain topic, but does not always contain the latest research findings or nuance of the scientific discussion (as opposed to a scientific article).
Books can be found at several databases, for example:
(for print books) search Utrecht University on WorldCat for the Utrecht University Library collection, the collection of all Dutch libraries and many other international libraries; limit your search to 'gedrukte boeken/print books'
(for online or e books) search Utrecht University on WorldCat for the Utrecht University Library collection (limit your search to e-book and Utrecht University Library)*, several Digital databases that contain e-books at the Utrecht University Library, Scopus, Google Books, Europeana, Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, Hathi Trust.
For more information see our libguide Search strategy.
* In Worldcat you will probably also find books from other library collections. You will have no access to these e-books. You can request print books from other libraries via WorldCat (but you have to pay for this service).
Newspaper articles can be found in for example:
The role of reports in science
Reports from government organizations, think tanks and stakeholders can be an important source of information in scientific research. Reports include:
Always be careful with information from reports, because they are often written with the objectives of the issuing or paying agency in mind.
Searching for reports
The Overheid.nl website provides access to all information from government organizations in the Netherlands, both regionally and nationally.
The Rijksoverheid.nl website is the joint website of the 11 ministries. Ministries are involved, among other things, with legislative proposals, rules and policy plans in a diverse set of topics. You can also find information about the Dutch administration on Rijksoverheid.nl.
The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) is a government agency which conducts research into the social aspects of all areas of government policy. The main fields studied are health, welfare, social security, the labour market and education, with a particular focus on the interfaces between these fields. The reports published by SCP are widely used by government, civil servants, local authorities and academics
The SCP works primarily from a social science perspective and pays particular attention to the relationship between government and citizens.
The reports are freely available on the internet. They generally contain many figures and are therefore useful for describing a situation or problem and for demonstrating a development or trend.
You can search in different ways:
Note: titles of books and reports are often more general than the individual subjects that appear in these publications. For example: reports on Youth in the Netherlands can contain information about about youth crime, labour market or education.
You need numbers to be able to say how big a problem is and what its characteristics are. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and SCP are rich sources for data about the extent of a problem and the trends therein.
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) collects a lot of data on various topics. A large part of that information is made freely available through various media. One way is through publications. The advantage of this is that the data is put into context and the interpretations and conclusions are drawn by experts.
Another form in which the CBS material is made available is StatLine, the CBS database. In StatLine you will find statistical information in the form of tables, texts and graphs. StatLine contains statistics on many social and economic topics. This information can be useful when answering trend questions.
We are looking for figures in CBS publications:
There are two search options in StatLine:
StatLine has a Help page with user manuals and (Dutch) demo video's.
You will see a list of results (since most of the statistics are in Dutch the list with results in English will be much shorter) that you can filter by theme, division or year.
Take note: The CBS often uses different concepts in order to describe a phenomenon, for example do not search on youth only, but also on children or young people.
Select a table based on the description (theme, year, keywords, changed on, reference period) and see if this contains relevant information for your subject. (if you wish to know more about the statistics or want to download the table make use of the icons in the top right corner).
If you are looking for statistics outside the Netherlands, but inside the EU you can search Eurostat.
'Eurostat offers a whole range of important and interesting data that governments, businesses, the education sector, journalists and the public can use for their work and daily life.'
'Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its mission is to provide high quality statistics for Europe. [...] Providing the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions is a key task. [...] Statistics can answer many questions. Is society heading in the direction promised by politicians? Is unemployment up or down? How many women go to work? How is your country's economy performing compared to other EU Member States?