For the sake of quality and to demonstrate the necessity of your research, it is important to take stock of the current state of your research topic. Being able to do thorough, transparent and verifiable literature research is therefore a must. The library of The Hague University of Applied Sciences provides a large number of information sources. In addition, the library offers various tools for carrying out literature research.

Literature Search

In the databases and resources of the University Library, you will find academic journals, professional periodicals, books, e-books, theses, and image and sound material required for research. You can access the databases via the database overview. In the overview there are a number of filter options to find the right database. All our resources also have home access and are available 24/7.

The catalogue contains books, magazines, CDs and DVDs and part of the e-book and e-journal collection. Nationwide searches can be made via the national library catalogue PiCarta-on-Worldcat.

Reading E-journals on Your Tablet/Desktop

BrowZine is an app to browse the international scientific journals selected by you from our collection and read articles offline. You can also receive notifications when a new release is available.

More information about BrowZine.

E-Publication Finder

To find out if we have access to a particular e-book or e-journal, you can use the E-Publication Finder. Here you can search for the title of a publication or the ISXN. Please note that you can NOT search for articles here.

More information about the E-Publication Finder.

Tools for Full Text

Within the university of applied sciences, we have a number of tools to make it easier to access the full text, such as a link resolver, browser tools and a DOI lookup tool.

More information about the tools for full text.

Home Access and URL Sharing

Almost all resources are also available off-campus (after logging in). To enable home access, most databases use the Ezproxy software. The URL of a source or an article is prefixed with:

More information about how to use the correct URL.

Requesting materials from other libraries (IBL)

Despite the tools described above, have you come across a publication for which you cannot obtain the full text (or for which you have to pay)? Then make use of interlibrary loan. The library of The Hague University of Applied Sciences will then request the publication from another library. This service is free of charge for staff members.

If you think that the publication should be included in The Hague University of Applied Sciences library’s own collection because it is also of interest to others (students and/or staff members of The Hague University of Applied Sciences), please submit a purchase request.

More information about IBL.

Stay Informed (Notifications)

Do you want to be kept informed about new publications in your specialisation or interest, or do you have a special preference for a certain magazine or article? There are several ways to be informed:

  • via BrowZine (academic journals only)
  • via a database (newly published issues or new results of a saved search)
  • via the magazine's website

More information about notifications/alerts.

Citation Index Web of Science

Web of Science is a citation index that allows you to search for scientific literature. The platform provides access to various bibliographic databases. The most important is the Web of Science Core Collection with bibliographic metadata of a large number of scientific research publications in all fields of science.

With Web of Science, the H-index can be determined, a measure of the impact of publications by a scientific researcher. And with the Journal Citation Reports the impact factor of a journal, an indication of its importance based on citation data.

More information about Web of Science in the database overview.