Learn how to use Statista

The database Statista is an international statistics and market data platform.


Statista gives you access to lots of data

The database Statista is an international statistics and market data platform with access to more than 1.5 million statistics, forecasts, dossiers, reports and infographics on 80 000 topics from more than 18 000 sources. The platform combines economic data, consumer insights, opinion polls and demographic trends.

All data can be downloaded in four different office formats. Every student, lecturer and member of staff at the University receives full publication and usage rights of the data.

Guides and videos

Watch the video Statista Explainer (01:29) to get an overview and learn how to benefit from Statista.

On the Statista website you will find more guides and videos showing you how to use and benefit from Statista.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Statista, please feel free to contact us at e-mail biblioteket@hb.se.

Text and image: Klaz Arvidson

Distance Payment

Do you have debts to the Library but can’t come in and pay? Don’t worry, you can pay without actually coming to the Library. You can either use Swish or pay through bankgiro.

It works like this:

You can pay by using swish number: 123 653 66. Take a screenshot and send it to biblioteket@hb.se so that we can remove the fee. If you can’t take a screenshot of the swish-app with your phone, send an email to tove.lekselius@hb.se after you have paid. She will monitor the account and remove the fee as soon as she sees that the payment has been received.

To pay your debt via bakgiro, use number: 755-5147. Enter invoice number: 6200-101032. Send an email to tove.lekselius@hb.se after you have paid. She will monitor the account and remove the fee as soon as she sees that the payment has been received.

When and why should you pay to the Library? If you’ve not returned your books in time or if you have lost a book that you have borrowed, you have to pay a late fee or replacement fee. You can read more about the Library’s feeshere.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Andrew Neel, Unsplash

Keyboard shortcuts to use in your studies

There are small short cuts which can be smart to use when studying, as it makes your work a little bit more efficient – read this blog post to get a quick walk through of four of them.

Copy, cut and paste with short cuts

When you want to copy text in a document and paste it somewhere else it’s easy to use the keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcuts differ between different operating systems, and here we show those that apply to Windows and MacOS.

Copy text

  • Mark the text you want to copy.
  • In Windows: Press the keys Ctrl and C at the same time.
  • In MacOS: Press the keys command and C at the same time.

Cut text

  • Mark the text you want to cut out.
  • In Windows: Press the keys Ctrl and X at the same time.
  • In MacOS: Press the keys command and X at the same time.

Paste text

  • Place the marker where you want to insert the text.
  • In Windows: Press the keys Ctrl and V at the same time.
  • In MacOS: Press the keys command and V at the same time.

Search for words within a document

If you want to find a text section in a document, or check for a word, you can use the function Find to search within the document. Using this function you don’t have sit and read / skim through the entire document manually. In different programs you will find the function in different places. Below you can see examples of where you can find it in Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word:

You can also use the keyboard short cut for Find – just press Ctrl and F at the same time.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: Hannah Joshua, Unsplash

Love and Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14, it is as usual Valentine’s Day or Alla hjärtans dag that we call it in Swedish. Many think it has become a commercial jibe while some celebrate it as a dear tradition. And so all those who are in the honeymoon phase, they might see it as an opportunity to be together a little more officially. Lovingly, we should really be all year round and not just on February 14th. But that very date has become the day when you express your love for people you love, perhaps especially a love partner or a secret love. How you choose to do this day (and the rest of the year) we do not add any valuation to but at the library we think that love is a very good thing so this week, we put on display some good books on the theme. You can find them in the glass cabinets at the entrance and you are of course welcome to borrow! If you want, you can also lose yourself in a little love poetry at the same time. Maybe you get a sudden whim and recite Nils Ferlin, Erik Lindorm or Lord Byron during your romantic dinner with the girlfriend.


I want to call you thou, the sound
of the shape of the start
of a kiss – like this, thou –
and to say, after, I love,
thou, I love, thou I love, not
I love you.

Because I so do –
as we say now – I want to say
thee, I adore, I adore thee,
and to know in my lips
the syntax of love resides,
and to gaze In thine eyes.

Love’s language starts, stops, starts;
the right words flowing or clotting in the heart.

Carol Ann Duffy

Text: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Freestocks org. Unsplash

What is a DOI?

When writing references to scientific articles, you should include the article’s DOI in the reference, but what is it, and how does a DOI differ from a regular link? We’ll try to sort it all out in this blog post.

A DOI is a persistent link – a link that is supposed to exist forever. Common links on the Internet can be broken and changed, for example if the publisher where the article is published changes their web address. But a persistent link should last despite such, or other, changes.

DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier and is an alphanumeric character string (ie a code containing both letters and numbers) that can be given to electronic documents or objects. An article’s DOI can often be found at the beginning of the article, or in the web page (post) where all information about the article can be found.

Not all articles have a DOI; this is something that the publishers themselves decide if they want to put their articles on, and they must then pay to get a DOI.

Each DOI is thus unique, so with the help of a DOI you will always find a way back to the object in question. Although the DOI might not take you all the way to the actual document. For example, I an article is published behind a paywall, you will at least come to a page with information about the document in question.

However, you cannot simply take the DOI code and paste it into the browser’s address bar, as it is not a URL. A DOI must always be resolved, and it is done using a DOI resolver.

Alternative if you have a DOI you can enter it in a web browser, but you have to put http://doi.org/ in front of the code itself, ie http://doi.org/10.1177/1355819614534836.

So to summarize, one can say that a DOI is a neat way to always find your way back to an article, but you need a tool to be able to use it in a good way.

Text: Katharina Nordling

How to read the e-books from the Library

To be able to use e-books at the University of Borås, you need some basic tools. To begin with, it is good to know that many publishers who offer their literature in e-format want to limit the use because of copyright issues. It can mean that it won’t be possible to print parts of the book, or that it will only be possible to use the book for a limited time. Another restriction might be a limit of how many persons that can use the book at the same time. All of this is called Digital Rights Management and abbreviated as DRM.

To be able to borrow books with DRM protection, special software must be installed on your computer, mobile phone or tablet. We recommend the following software:

Adobe Digital Editions – a reading program for reading pdf or epub file format. Available as free software and / or app. With this program you can mark text in the book with different colors and make notes to the text and bookmark pages. Your comments then becomes searchable. However, a small problem will occur when the book’s loan period expires, then you lose all your bookmarks and notes.

Bluefire Reader – a reading program for reading pdf or elub file format. Available as free app to download. You use this app on your mobile phone or tablet. Just like in Adobe Digital Editions, you can mark text in the book with different colors, make notes and add bookmarks, which then becomes searchable. But you lose all your bookmarks and notes when the book’s loan period expires.

In order to use both these programs, you need to obtain an Adobe ID which is free of charge.

Text: Martin Borg
Photo: Mostphotos

Published at the University of Borås in 2018

House of Knowledge
House of Knowledge

Every year researchers, teachers and other staff at the University of Borås publish a variety of publications, most of which presents research results or similar. The publications come in a range of different types; doctoral theses, licentiate theses, peer review articles, popular scientific articles, book chapters, books, reports, etc. All of these publications are to be registered in the university publication database DiVA. This means that if you are interested in what is published by the university – search DiVA to find out.

In 2018, 417 research publications were registered in DiVA (DiVA, 2019-02-05). The publications where divided into the following publication types:

Of all these publications, 298 were classified in the category Refereed and 85 in the category Other academic.

In order to access data for research publications published by the university in 2018, you can use the link below:

Text and image: Klaz Arvidson