Have a look at the information on the right.
All books and (>90,000) e-books in the library collections can be found with the library catalogue. Many of those books are also listed elsewhere (Google Books, Amazon etc.) but only the library catalogue has the links or number needed to get the book for lending, downloading, printing or online reading. The international catalogue Worldcat does have information on almost all books in the university library, and the UBUlink takes you from that system to the place where you have access. But to be really be sure plaese and check the library catalogue even if you have used these other search engines to discover that relevant books for your topic.
Most print books have very a short description in the catalogue, often just the author, title and a few keywords. It's different for e-books: in most cases their tables of contents are searchable as well, meaning that you will also find books based on chapters titles within those books. In innovation, energy and sustainability studies over 80% of modern books in our catalogue is an e-book. Currently Google Books is the best search engine to discover relevant books, but the library catalogue is the best tool to check whether you have access to a certain title.
In the library catalogue, to discover books search 'all fields', to check availability of a specific title it is better to change the setting to search just book titles. Of course you can also perform an author search.
For the best result make sure to truncate almost all your terms: just enter the stem of the word with an asterisk attached to it. E.g. search for innovat* to find innovation, innovated, innovating etc. in one go. If you fail to do this, you will miss a lot of relevant books!
Is the book you need not listed in the library catalogue? Make a purchase suggestion! If the library can buy the book in e-book format it often takes less than a day to have it available for you.
Google Books is a search engine in which you will find (data on) more than 20 million books. Books are included in Google Books via the scan programme that Google executes at >20 large libraries and via publishers taking care of their own uploads. That is why Google Books often contains the searchable full text of books. However, though you can search the full text you cannot always read the full text in Google Books. It depends on copyright issues and publishers' permissions. Mainly the older books which are copyright-free are full text available in Google Books.
Though it is difficult to find there is also an advanced search form for Google Books that you can use to do a more targeted search.
In addition to the catalogue, use Google Books for:
If you have found relevant titles in Google Books, you can look for the title in the catalogue of Utrecht University Library to get access to the book. Unfortunately, Google Books does not show the UBU link as Google Scholar does.
The special LibGuide Google Books offers more information about the pros and cons of working with Google Books.
In Narcis all online dissertations from Dutch universities are listed with searchable abstracts. Dissertations are a very rich source of quality references on many subjects. If you can find a recent dissertation on your subject it welll be of tremendous help in discovering relevant literature.
Allmost all dissertations in Narcis are full text and open access available. Narcis is the national collected repository of the Dutch research output. You can also use it to find ongoing research, datasets and researchers.
Recent Dutch dissertations are not listed in the UU library catalogue.