Welcome to a new semester!

Welcome all of you new and old students and researchers!

It’s time for a new semester and today is the first day, and for many of you this a familiar environment you come back to – but for some of you the University of Borås is a whole new experience. Maybe new accommodation, new city, new student buddies and new courses. Here on the Library blog we want to give you a few tips that can help you, new or old student, regarding library services:

  • Library opening hours are displayed on the website.
  • A reference copy of all required textbooks are available on the 1st floor – these books can not be borrowed and are only for use in the library.
  • All textbooks for loan stands on each subjectshelf in the library. Many textbooks are also available as e-books.
  • Most of our materials can be found by searching in Primo (our discovery tool). You find the searchbox on our website.
  • Your tag is your library card and also a copy / print card.
  • Photocopying is mainly available the 1st floor.
  • Multifunction printers are available on all floors (except 2.5). Instructions for printing can be found here.
  • The library has many study rooms – you book the rooms through Kronox.
  • All books in the library are in numerical order – from 000 on level 2.5 to 999 on the 4th floor.
  • The library has printed journals on level 1 but also on level 2. But the majority of our journals are electronic, and you can find them through the website.
  • Adjust the sound level to a normal conversational tone, this is a place of work for many people. A good idea is to put your phone in silent mode.
  • There is a quiet study room in the library, you find it at the entrance floor.
  • Keep in mind that you’re not allowed to eat in the library. Drinks with lids, fruit and candy are OK; but for eating – please visit the café or the lounge with microwave ovens outside the library.
  • If you need help with information seeking just come ask the librarian at the Information point, we will gladly help you.
  • The Library Search lab has drop-in hours if you need further help with your information seeking. In addition, the Language lab is open at the same time in the same room, so you can also get help with linguistic questions.
  • If you have questions about your user account, problems with Microsoft Word or other questions, please feel free to contact us.

If you are a new student – please read more on our website with helpful information for you as a new student.

P.S. Feel free to follow us in social media!

Text: Lena Holmberg
Photo: Suss Wilén

Finally Christmas

Soon it is time for Christmas Holidays. This means that the Library will have slightly different opening hours over the next three weeks, starting tomorrow Friday as we close the library at 14:00. You can read more about the library´s opening hours on our web. 

Take the opportunity to take a break from studying and try to go out and get as much as fresh air as you can. If you don´t want to go out than you can instead catch up with different kind of reading and borrow home some fiction literature.  At the beginning of December we had a crowded library breakfast with lots of great reading tips. You can read about some of the recommendations in the blog. (in Swedish only)

You´ll also find lots of other book recommendations on the main floor in our display cabinet.

For those of you who have assignments or home exams, and still need to access the library´s resources, are we always available electronic. This week we wrote a blog post about how you can use the library´s website from home.

Now the library blog will take Christmas holidays and will be back in January. 

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Tandis Talay, Mostphotos

The Library Resources are not on Holidays!

Christmas and holiday season is approaching and with that also some closed days at the Library. We know that many of you are working hard with your home exams and other assignments during this time

Please keep in mind that you can access most of our resources electronically even if the Library is closed.

Examples of what you can do from home through the library’s website

In order to use all of the library services when you are outside campus, eg at home, it’s important that you always start from the library website, thus you get the “right way in” to all our resources and material. 

To access some resources, such as databases, articles and e-books, you need to log in with your S-number (the same as to Ping Pong) to verify that you are our student and have the right to access the resources. 

If you are using Google Scholar, you can also customize so that you can access the Library full texts that way (go to settings  and choose library links and add Borås University).

You can of course e-mail us even if we are closed –  we will respond to you as soon as we are back. Our opening hours for Christmas and New Year are available on our web.

Take care of yourself and do not forget to rest a little during your Holidays!

Text: Christel Olsson, updated by Klaz Arvidson
Picture: Pixabay

Databases and e-resources with free access

The Library subscribes to a lot of databases and e-resource packages. To be able to use them you have to be a student or staff at the university. To complement the subscribed resources, we have also resources that does not require subscriptions in the database lists. These free resources can be of value for you after your studies at the university.

The free databases are linked on the webpage Databases – see Free databases a bit down on the page.

Here are some examples of databases that does not require subsciptions to be used.

Library catalouges

  • Primo, our own discovery system open for search, including some free material in full text
  • Libris, the national union library system for Sweden


  • Diva (University of Borås) is a digital archive for research publications and student theses published by the University of Borås
  • SwePub makes it possible to search among articles, conference papers, dissertations etc. published at Swedish universities and authorities
  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals

Reference databases

  • ERIC Database contains references to articles, books, reports, dissertations, conferences and more from the field of education
  • PubMed contains references to articles, reports, dissertations and more from general practice, clinical medicine, nursing care and health care


  • Lagrummet.se links to legal information from the government, parliament, higher courts and public authorities
  • EUR-Lex gives access to the official journal, treaties, legislation, preparatory legal documents, legal usage, questions from the members of parliament and more

More free databases

There are many more useful databases in the list. Take a look in the “List of free databases” and see if you find someone that you think is valuable to you.

Text and image: Klaz Arvidson

Things to consider when reading a scientific text

To sit down and read a text may seem like a simple thing to do, but there is a difference between texts and texts – here are some tips on how to think when you’re reading a scientific text. 

Scientific texts have often the following structure IMR(A)D: Introduction, Method, Results (Analysis) and Discussion. But first in all scientific articles is the abstract. The abstract is a summary with the purpose to give you a quick indication on whether the article is of interest to you or not. It should contain some type of purpose for the study, how the study was done, what results were found and what conclusions could be drawn.

  • Then, the introduction follows, with two purposes: To create interest as well as to put the study into a general context by presenting previous research.
  • The method section describes which methods have been used to answer the questions. This section is important to read carefully so that you can determine the validity, that is how reasonable and correct the conclusions are.
  • Results present what the research data shows and it can be visualised with figures and tables.
  • In the ending discussion section the current study is related back to previous research and the current results are put in context. In the discussion, you should also find the conclusions made from the study.

When reading a text try to find the main points in the text. Perhaps you can also find what is surprising, unexpected or different from previous research or if there is something that is rarely focused on other research.

When you read a scientific text, you can consider and answer the following questions:

  • What is the problem that this text is trying to answer? Why is this question important to answer?
  • Is the used method the best to answer the questions or is there a better method?
  • What are the specific results? Can I summarize them in a couple of sentences?
  • Are the results supported by the research data?
  • Are there other ways to interpret the research data which the authors didn’t address?
  • In which way are the results unique/new/unusual/ or supporting compared to other related research in the area?
  • How can the results be related to what I am interested in? To other texts I’ve read?
  • Are there some specific applications presented in the text? Which future experiments could be done? Are there unanswered questions or are the results open for new questions?

You can also draw inferences, like in this example:

“Rett Syndrome is a childhood neurodevelopmental disorder and one of the most common causes of mental retardation in females with an incidence of 1 in 10000-15000.”[1]

Comment: Hmmm…can it be related to a gene on the X-chromosome since its one of the most common causes in females… How common is that?

You should also take notes while reading. The best case scenario is that you take notes electronically, because you probably will find a specific note much easier later on. One way to do this is to create a template that you fill in for each text you are reading. Then your reading will be systematically documented and it may also help you in reading. The Library has also created a Google Drive document that you can download and use. You can download the template in a couple of different formats (Choose File and the Download as…).

Text: Pieta Eklund & Katharina Nordling
Photo: Mostphotos

[1] Ballestar, E., Yusufzai, T.M., & Wolffe, A.P. (2000) Effects of Rett Syndrome Mutations of the Methyl-CpG Binding Domain of the Transcriptional Repressor MeCP2
on Selectivity for Association with Methylated DNA. Biochemistry, 31, 7100-7106

Recorded Literature

What is recorded literature and how can you access it?

If you are a student at the University of Borås and have a reading disability, you have the right to talking books produced by MTM ( Agancy for Available Media).

What does reading disability means, you might wonder? Reading disability means that you have difficulty reading printed text. Read-write disability includes for example, reading and writing difficulties, visual impairment, hearing loss, autism, ADHD and temporary reading impairment.

If you have your native language is other than Swedish, and  you have a reading disability in your own language you can borrow talking books in Swedish or other languages. However, it should be considered that not having Swedish as a native language is not a reading disability.

The state is responsible for the production of talking books according to § 17 of the copyright law, but it is the libraries that are loan intermediaries to people with a reading disability. This means that you as a student can contact us at the University Library if you believe that you are in need of talking books according to criteria mentioned above.

Here at the University of Borås, we have two librarians who work with Legimus and recorded literature. Karin Ekström and Lena Svenson. Contact them for a meeting by phone or email.

To find the titles that have been recorded, search the Legimus database. If the course book you are looking for is not available as recorded book, it needs to be ordered via us at the library for new production. you need to contact the library in good time, because it can take 6-12 weeks to get a book recorded.

Read more about recorded literature on our web.

Text: Karin Ekström, Tandis Talay
Picture: Mostphotos

Hello Karin Ekström!

In a series of portraits we are going to introduce the staff at the Library to all our readers and customers – who are the people working at the library? And what are they doing there? Read our portraits and get to know your librarians! We asked Karin a few questions.

What are your main duties?

I work at the Department Collection Services and purchase material in the Library and Information Science area, Informatics and fiction. I also work with interlibrary loans, some cataloging, book mending and I meet students who, for various reasons, are in need of recorded literature. Of course, I also have scheduled time at the information desk. I am very pleased with what I do and find it a challenge to help students and researchers with what ever it is the are asking for – it’s so exciting. I have taken on what a guest lecturer said at the Swedish School of  Library and Information Science once: Learn to read references! It may seem so obvious, but I have had the pleasure of that urging. I have encountered many lost students who are uncertain of what kind of source they are looking for.

For how long have you worked here?

A long time! There has been so much in the profession so it almost feels like different jobs. Even though the computerization was in full swing when I started, I still have handled a printed card catalog, written inter library loan orders on typewriter, and loaned books through the Detroit system. I’m  happy to have that experience actually. However, I hope I don´t have to go throw more changes within library systems. We had Voyager for 16 years and if we keep Alma/Primo so long I recon I have been able to retire long ago.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

My free time usually consists of some training at Friskis & Svettis. Now I hope for a nice winter because I love cross country skiing and Borås has plenty of places for that. I have been singing in Caroli Church’s Choir for a number of years and now we have a fun time in front of us with advent and Christmas songs. I spend much time in the garden and growing up my own summer flowers has become a bit of a sport.

Do you have any book tips you want to share?

Yes, I would like to talk about everything that Vibeke Olsson has written.The latest series is about the sawmill girl Bricken at Svartvik in the late 19th century. Vibeke Olsson really lives a piece of Swedish working history in a worthwhile way. She has also written novels about World War II, the Roman Empire and Biographies.
The story of her sister Elisabeth, a successful sports journalist, is very moving. She portrays her sister’s creeping alcoholism and misery in a care way. No one notices anything at first and when it’s finally gone too far, the community is not there to support neither Elisabeth or her closest. A sharp criticism of today’s society and social disarmament that engages.

What made you apply to the library at the University of Borås?

When I joined Swedish School of  Library and Information Sience 1991, I lived in Gothenburg and there were not many jobs to apply for. Then there was a vacancy at the University Library in Borås. I applied and the job was mine. After a year I got a permanent job and thats how it started.
After a while, I thought there was enough commuting, so I moved here in 2000. Now I can ride my bike to work almost all year. With studded tires and hot mittens, you can manage the whole winter.

Text: Karin Ekström &  Lena Wadell

Picture: Lena Wadell