Welcome to our Language & Search Lab!

Did you know that you can get help with your difficult searches, reference questions or help with the difficult academic language? Every Thursday between 12 pm and 15 pm there is a language teacher and one or two librarians who usually work with information search in room J441.

Long time ago we had a language lab and a search lab in the library, but since many questions slip into each other, it felt practical and beneficial to be able to help with both search and reference questions while at the same having a language pedagogical supervision. So in 2016, we merged the language and the search lab and have it once a week. On Mondays and Wednesdays, it’s only the language lab in room J441.

You do not need to book in advance. It is Drop-In. Many students visit Language and search Lab time to time and sometimes we have many students at the same time, witch means that you may have to wait for help. You can log in to a computer in the room and work while you are waiting.

Text: Lena Wadell

Foto:  Dmitry Ratushny,  Unsplash

Let the databases help out with referencing

Most student essays and theses require correct referencing, this means that you need to place references to your sources both in the text and in a bibliography or a reference list at the end of your document. The references are sorted in alphabetical order and should contain sufficient information for your readers to easily find the documents you have used in your work.

There are automatic functions available in various search engines to automatically extract citations for a bibliography. Here are some examples:

Primo – www.hb.se/library
The library’s new discovery tool. Here you will find references to our print book collection as well as lots of e-books and articles.

Libris – libris.kb.se
Sweden’s national library catalog. Here you can find books, dissertations, reports and more available at Swedish libraries.

Google Scholar – scholar.google.com 
Here you can do a broad search for scientific literature. You also can find student papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from universities and academic publishers here. Note, however, that everything in Google Scholar is not “scientific” but there are still different in content and functions other than the search engine Google.

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Please note that the  formatting and content can vary between different search engines – therefore, always make sure that all references in your source list has a consistent look and conforms to your preferred style.

Reference to a book:
Eklund, K. (2007). Our economy: An introduction to the national economy. 11. Edition, Stockholm: Norstedts..

Reference to a journal article:
Elmqvist, C., Brown, D., Fridlund, B., & Ekebergh, M. (2010). Being first on the scene of an accident – experiences of ‘doing’ prehospital emergency care. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 24 (2), ss. 266-273.

Text: Sara Hellberg
Picture: Colourbox

Searching for articles in Primo – here’s how it works!

To search Primo is very much like searching our previous discovery system Summon, although there are some differences – in this blog post we will give you some guidance on how to use Primo to find articles! Use the search box at the Library start page as usual.

  • To locate a known article, just enter the title of the article and click the search button.
  • To find articles on a specific subject, enter your initial search terms and click the search button.

  • All articles in the results shall be available through the Library’s journal subscriptions. Click the ”Full text available” link to get to the article.

  • If you are looking for research articles you can start by applying the following settings:

  • Use the filters menu on the left side to further narrow down your search. You can easily remove filters one by one by clicking the x or remove all settings with “Reset filters”. You can narrow by language, year of publication, peer reviewed materials and more.

  • A new feature in Primo is the possibility to save your searches for future use. If you are not already logged in, start by clicking “Sign in” and then “Save query” in the menu bar:

  • Click the Pin icon to save interesting articles to a favorites list on your Primo account. Selected articles will be marked with a yellow colour in the results list.

  • Access your saved search queries and saved articles (My Favorites) by clicking the:

  • To get back to your search click the:
  • Click the three dots icon in the results list to access an options menu where you can create citations, links and send the link by e-mail to yourself or to someone else.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how to use Primo!

Text: Sara Hellberg

Searching for books in Primo – here’s how it works!

To search in Primo is very much alike searching in our previous discovery system Summon, although there are some differences – in this blog post we will give you some guidance on how to use Primo to find books! Use the search box at the Library start page as usual.

  • Search with quotes to find an exact title “Business research methods” or truncate by changing the ending of a word to * when you want to find all variations of a specific word. For example method* (= method, methods, methodology, methodologys etc.).

  • A search will give you books, articles and other kinds of material, you can limit your results to only books by using the facet Resource Type.

  • Primo groups different editions and versions of the same book, click on the title to see all the editions and chose which one you want.

If there’s only one printed version and one electronic version, they are shown like this:

  • If you click an e-book you will be transferred to a page where you can read and/or download the book.
  • If you click on a printed book you will see how many copies we have of the book, on which shelf you can find it, if it’s available (or on loan). If it’s on loan, you will be able to make a request of the book. (Nota Bene! – at the moment you need to contact biblioteket@hb.se to request books! We are working to solve the issue and make it possible to reserve books in Primo.)

  • If you want Primo to limit your results to printed books in the Library – click The Library.
  • If you want Primo to limit your results to printed books that’s not on loan at the moment – click Available in the Library.

By clicking the pin you can save the book to a favourite list in your account, smart if you want to keep the information about the book for later. Click the large pin icon in the pink upper menu bar to get to your Favourites list and see your saved titles.

In the menu that appears when you click the three dots next to each title in your search result you can create references and more.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how to use Primo!

Text: Sara Hellberg

Good resources and where to start

Are you confused where to start with your essay?

If you want to do specific searches it is better to do your search in one of our databases that is specifically targeted on the actual field where search opportunities are more specified and adapted to the topic area´s uniqueness.

You have access to all of the libraries electronic resources from home.
All you have to do is to log in with your username and password

Do you want to look at other student essays for inspiration?
In Borås Academics Digital Data (BADA) you can find student essays and theses. If you want to look at essays from other Swedish universities search in www.uppsatser.se

Google Scholar (scholar.google.se) is a search engine focused one academic material. Here you can find books, student essays, theses, articles etc.

Appearance and design of a academic article can vary between different subject areas, but usually have a structure similar to this:

  • Abstract (there is an abstract on the first page, which usually contain a short summery of the articles purpose, method, result and discussion)
  • Introduction (why the analysation)
  • Method (how the study have been assayed)
  • Result (what the outcome was)
  • Discussion (what the conclusion was)
  • References (usually the reference list is very long and contains references from other academic studies)

For an article to be characterizes as an academic article it has to be published in a academic journal.
Helena France, lecturer at Library & information science at Borås University was recently a guest blogger for library blog and wrote about Academic texts.

One of the challenges of writing an essay is to be able to vary its formulations?? At the library, you can find books related to Academic Writing.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University contains resources and introduction material for academic writing.

On the libraries webpage you can find information about Academic writingReference managementEndnote and Plagiarism.

Common documents
Are you writing your paper with someone else and you are not able to meet With each other for various reasons? Than you can use Google Drive to store your files in a common place, and also to create documents that both of you can edit at the same time while chatting. You are also able to create a versioning where you can go back to previous data if needed, store files, create simpler spreadsheets and presentations and save your document that is compatible with Microsoft Office.

Use Google help pages or go to Tutorials on Youtube.

If you have questions about information search or reference management:

  • Call the Library 033-345 40 50
  • Email biblioteket@hb.se
  • Come to the information point for personal help
  • You are also welcome to our Search lab every Thursday from 15:00-16:30 on 4th floor in the library room J418, where a librarian is available for answering your questions about information search

Text: Sara Hellberg, Tandis Talay

Find scientific articles

We notice in the library’s information points that you students are searching for scientific articles in quite extensively right now. Therefore, we highlight a blog post from last fall on how to go about finding scientific articles in Summon. Enjoy!

Have you been instructed to seek a scientific article and read it, present it, and critically assess it? Have you then had difficulty finding one? You might even think about what a scientific article is. We have written in the blog a few times before, what scientific publishing is as well as source criticism. Scientific articles are short articles that report described the results of scientific studies. It is the communication channel between researchers. The Library has numerous scientific journals containing scientific articles and you must use database search to find them.

First you need to think about what subject you want to find a scientific article about. It does not matter if it is, for example in health care, education, information science, law, or the development of technologies to extract energy from old jeans, you can still start with Summon, one of the library’s search tool.

You should first think about which search terms that may be of interest, therefore, the concept describes the topic you want to find articles within, and start your search with those terms. You can not start your search by searching for “scientific article” for then you will get hits on “how to write a scientific article”, which may not be what you want.

Also note that most of the Librarys available material is in english, which is the communicate language of scientific results, which means that you usually have to do your search in english.


To the left of the results list is something that librarians call facet. These are ways for you to narrow your search. In the picture to the right you will see some options. If you check in “Peer-review” to get hits on articles from scientific publications which means that the material published are examined and found to achieve an academic level. Obviously you still need to do a review of the article, since there are different types of articles, even in journals that are considered to contain scientifically reviewed material. If you select “Scientific Publications“, it means that you limit to material published in peer-reviewed publications but also materials that target audiences in the scientific / academic context. Therefore, the “peer-review publications” is preferable if you are just looking for a scientific article. In the content type, you can choose to limit you to the type of publication eg books / e-book, journal article, patent, etc. There are more facets to choose from and they can further narrow your search.

Text & Picture: Pieta Eklund och Lisa Carlson


How to find journals at the library

The library have approximately 380 printed journals and about 37,000 electronic ones. But how do you find them?

The electronic journals dominate and the library purchase material packages from different vendors. Via Summon you can search for articles using keywords such as the title of the article. Would you rather search for the journal title, do so under Search Journals. Then it looks like this:


This search shows through which suppliers we have access to the journal and the years we access. Choose for example Emerald Journals. Suddenly you find yourself in the journal, and can choose which year and which volume you want to look at or use the searchbox to look for a topic in this particular journal. Here the situation is slightly different depending on which provider we have the magazine in, the interface varies but usually you can always click on the year and volume number to get further.


The printed journals is found on both the 2nd floor (main floor) and the 1st.

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We have made a selection of approx 90 magazines displayed at level 2 and older numbers from that year are in the cupboard behind. You can find magazines like ELLE Decoration, Sound & Vision and much more interesting. Grab a magazine and sit in our comfortable chairs and read.


bloggen 025Older volumes are found in magazine down on the 1st floor Everything is placed by topic and year.




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bloggen 019Looking for the latest issue? Then you’ll find the most popular journals on the display shelves that are placed along the walls down on the 1st floor. They are in alphabetical order. Textiles, fashion and design has its own wall with magazines.


Capture03The printed magazine’s placement can be found via the library website for information search – search journals. It can look like this in the directory where you see where a printed magazine is located. Then it’s just to locate it in the magazine (locate the shelf B: 104 in this case). Good luck!


If you think we are missing an interesting magazine or journal, please contact us!

Text and picture: Hanna Hallnäs och Lena Holmberg