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ME2V15005 Intermedialiteit: Articles

LibGuide for the course Intermedialiteit (ME2V15005)

UBUlink: availability of publications

In your search for scholarly literature you may sometimes find the UBU-link. This link provides information about the availability of the publication via the University Library, in digital as well as in paper format.


UBUlink, quickly to the publication

In the case of digital publications the UBU-link provides direct access. For print publications the UBU-link gives information about availability at Utrecht University Library. Sometimes the UBU-link is in the form of a yellow button, but it can also be a text link.

The Library does not have it. What do you do now?

  1. Was the UBUlink wrong? Search on (by title of the book or print journal) and/or the list of journals  (seach by journal title) to be really sure it is not available. 
  2. Is a book maybe online available free of charge? Check Google Books. Is a journal article maybe online available free of charge? Check Google Scholar(the links in the right hand column).
  3. Does any other Dutch library hold the publication? Under the tab 'availibility' in WorldCat you will find the answer to your question. You can request the publication via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). This service is not free of charge. It is also possible to order photocopies or scans, but you will also have to pay for them. Borrowing books from other Dutch libraries is free for Dutch students: have a library card made and pick up and return the books yourself. Or let somebody you know in that city make photocopies of your book or journal.
  4. Should this publication be in the collection of Utrecht University Library? Submit a purchase suggestion, or contact the subject specialist.
  5. Mail the author: ask the author to send you the article. On publishers' sites and in databases such as Scopus you will often find the email address of the author.
  6. Twitter to the rescue! This may work for articles from journals to which the UU does not subscribe and that are not Open Acess. Send out a tweet with the URL and add the hashtag #icanhazpdf. Chances are good you will get into contact with someone able to legally send you a (PDF ot other) version of the text.
  7. Does a foreign library hold the publication? Check WorldCat. Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request material from abroad.
  8. Buy it yourself? Online access to an article can usually be bought via the publisher's site of the journal (use your creditcard); books can be bought in an (online) bookstore.

Searching for articles

When searching for literature relevant to your topic, using one search engine is never enough. This is specifically true for Media Studies:

  • There are no search engines aimed specifically at Media Studies, contrary to most other subject areas.
  • There is often an interdisciplinary aspect to Media Studies, crossing boundaries between the traditional subject areas. 

Scopus, Web of Science and/or Google Scholar provide a good start. They cover all subject areas, but are far from complete.

Add to these a choice of discipline specific search engines, relevant to your topic. These search engines are typically referred to as bibliographies. You can choose from disciplines like

Another good way to find articles is by following the literature references and citations from and to earlier found articles.

In the special LibGuide Searching for articles UBU LibGuide artikelen zoeken you will find all possibilities and impossibilities listed.

Google Scholar: fast and with full text search

Google Scholar is a large search engine for scholarly publications. It searches primarily journal articles and, contrary to almost all other search engines, searches the full text. From Google Books the data of a large number of scientific books are included in Google Scholar. Also in this respect Google Scholar differs from classical scientific search engines such as Scopus or Web of Science.

Google Scholar's special features listed:

  • you search articles as well as (a selection of) books
  • your search is full text, so you will also find sources in which your search terms are only touched upon
  • Google Scholar does not tell you what publications are included and what publications are not: you will have to find out by trial and error
  • the journal selection is less strict than in Web of Science or Scopus: as a result you will also find non-peer reviewed material
  • the order of results is also based on the number of received citations: that is why more recent publications are harder to find; always use the menu to filter on recent years!
  • if you want to have links to Refworks you must choose this as your Bibliography Manager in the preferences
  • only if you access Google Scholar via the Utrecht University Library website you will be shown the UBUlink next to the titles

In the special Google Scholar LibGuide UBU LibGuide Google Scholar you will find all you want to know about successfully using this remarkable search engine

Scopus: multidisciplinary search for articles and book chapters, with citation data

ScopusScopus is a large search engine containing some 50 million scientific journal articles and conference proceedings. Its most important features are:

  • Multidisciplinarity: all disciplines are present, although arts and humanities still somewhat lagging
  • Contains almost exclusively material in the English language
  • Containing extensive citation information from articles (complete from 1996 onwards, but also many from older years)
  • Containing also data of (chapters of) ten of thousands of books
  • In Scopus many journals are indexed from the very first volume (sometimes even before 1900)
  • Scopus cooperates quite well with RefWorks and both offer options for integration when you have an indivual Scopus account within the UU license
  • The default order of the search results list is chronological, but you can also sort by relevance
  • All sources searched with Scopus are peer reviewed
  • search engine for patents is included

Scopus has an excellent coverage for the medical and natural sciences, technics and geosciences. Also the social sciences are well represented. Humanities is less well covered, but we are still talking about millons of articles, absolutely speaking.

Scopus offers very good options to follow the network of citations between articles.

In the special LibGuide Scopus UBU LibGuide Scopus you will find detailed information about all the possiblilites and bonuses of Scopus.

Web of Science: multidisciplinary article search, with citation data

Web of Science is a search engine for scientific and scholarly literature in all subject areas.

For many articles, it contains the references given by the author, as well as the citations of that particular article by other authors. That way you can easily find related articles and you can also recover the impact of a major article.

  • For Sciences and Social Sciences, you will find publications from 1900, for the Humanities from 1975 onwards.
  • Citations go back in time a long way, further than in Scopus.
  • You can obtain articles quickly via the UBU-link
  • References can be saved in RefWorks and Endnote.

The webpage of the library on Web of Science gives the details of the many search possibilities and extras of Web of Science.

Access to print articles at Utrecht University Library

In WorldCat you can find the printed (meaning non-digital) material from the Utrecht University Library collections. The real time availability for every item can be seen on the results page. You will also be able to see where the journal is located in the library.​

If you do not see the location directly in the results, click on the title for more information.

Requesting and borrowing

Not all print journals can be borrowed. The last ten years of journals are only available for photocopying on the open shelves of the library in the inner city. Print journals older than ten years are kept in the closed stacks and must always be requested through WorldCat. If items are on loan you can make a reservation.