Looking for your litterature?

The library aims to have at least one copy as an e-book or physical book of all the books that appear on a literature list to any of the University’s courses. To this we also have one reference copy (physical) which is meant to be used only in the library, and can’t be borrowed home.

The articles included in the literature lists you often find via Summon by searching for the title or author (more on this in an upcoming post here on the blog) and will thus access the journals the library subscribes to. You may need to log in with your user credentials which are the same as for example logging on to Ping Pong, same goes for e-books that can be found on your reading list.

How do we know if a book is available as reference copy? We start as usual from Summon which is the library search service. Write the title or author in the search box and you get a list of results that looks something like this:


Here you find all the information you need to know if the book is a reference copy. If you choose to click through from the results list, you get more detailed information on the book:



The swedish word KURSBOK means referencecopy and is the word to look for. Among other info on this page are loanperiods of a certain book and also the possibility to reserve it.

At last it’s time to visit the 1st floor of the library where you find a shelf with books labeled Course Reference. To find the book; see the green rings in the pictures above. They indicate where on the shelf the book is. In this case the book is under the letter G for Gattorna, the book’s author. But the book can also be on the title so be sure to note the information on the location. If the book is not in place, the most common explanation is that it is used by someone else and it usually comes in place during the day. If you can’t find the book several days in a row it’s good to contact the information desk on level 2. Also if you find that one of the books on your course list does not have a reference copy please contact the information desk to inform of the book’s title and to what course it belongs.

Text & pictures: Lisa Carlson

How to recognize a scientific paper?

We often get questions from students about scientific articles, what is it? How do you recognize them? Here are some things that might be good to check when you want to make sure that what you found is scientific. This text about scientific papers is primarily written for health care students, but much is the same in different disciplines.

1. Is the article published in a peer reviewed journal? Then, in a so-called “peer reviewed” or “refereed” journal? Sometimes you can narrow down their search to those by making a setting in the database to search in but sometimes you need to check the journal separately and then you can do the following:
a) Read more on the journal’s Web site to find information about the journal’s audience, purpose and potential investigation.

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b) Visit the database Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, which holds information about journals to see if it is scientific. You’ll find Ulrich’s among the library’s databases. Search for the journal (ie, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences). The hit list is the peer-reviewed journals are marked with a small icon that is supposed to be a referee shirt, this and more information on the magazine, you can also click the title.

This is what you want to see:

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Refereed – Yes indicates that the journal is peer reviewed.

Other types of magazines that you may encounter include Trade Journals (trade magazines) and magazines often in the style of Vogue, etc.

2. Once you have established that the journal is scientific, we come to the next step: Is the article itself scientific? Even in peer reviewed journals, there may be other types of content that are not reported research results. It can be book reviews, opinion pieces, columns, etc. Here are some things you can look at to determine if the article is scientific:

– Are the authors researchers?

– Is there an abstract?

– Is the article clearly structured with headings? IMRAD is a common approach in scientific articles and letters refer to the parts that article shall contain:

– Introduction, Methods, Results, (And) Discussion

– Explainations to the results of an empirical study (quantitative or qualitative)?

– Is there a long reference list with plenty of references to other studies?

– Is the language advanced and scientific?

– Is the article longer than a few pages?

– Is there any information that there is “original research”, “research article”, “empirical study”, “clinical trial” or similar?

If you answer yes to most of these questions, you can use the article without having to worry. And you are of course welcome to discuss with us librarians in information point if you are still unsure!

Here is an example of a scientific article from the aforementioned magazine, please check of the questions above:

Dale, B., Soderhamn, U. and Soderhamn, O. (2012), Self-care portability among home-dwelling older people in rural areas in southern Norway. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 26 (1), ss. 113-122. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2011.00917.x

Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-6712.2011.00917.x/abstract

Text and picture: Sara Hellberg