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Acta Sanctorum (Chadwyck) database

Acta Sanctorum is a full text database containing the texts of 68 volumes of the Acta Sanctorum, a series of critical editions of hagiographies, published by Société des Bollandistes between 1643 and 1940. You also have the possibility to search the church writings in the Patrologia Latina at the same …

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Africa-Wide Information (Ebsco)

Africa-Wide Information is a bibliographic database providing access to more than 3.5 million references and abstracts within African studies.


The database is fully accessible within the UGent network (UGentNet).

Search operators

You can use Boolean operators in all databases on the Ebsco platform to make your search broader …

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Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

The database "Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals" is published by the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. It offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture and design, including bibliographic descriptions on subjects such as the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, …

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Beck-online is a legal database of the German publisher C.H. Beck Verlag. It contains case law, (law) commentaries and handbooks in the field of German law and almost all journals published by Beck. You will also find laws and regulations and the commented German 'Bundesrecht' published by Nomos.


Using …

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BelgicaPress, database of digitised historical Belgian newspapers

BelgicaPress is a new full-text database from the Belgian Royal Library where you can find (as of spring 2018) all the digitised historical Belgian newspapers online (from 1814 to 1970) including the censored press of both World Wars.

Thanks to the application of Optical Character Recognition (OCR), the content is …

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CEPR - Centre for Economic Policy Research

The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) was founded in 1983 to enhance the quality of economic policy-making within Europe and beyond, by fostering high quality, policy-relevant economic research, and disseminating it widely to decision-makers in the public and private sectors.



This database is fully accessible online within …

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Communication Source

Communication Source is hosted on the Ebsco platform. It is a bibliographic database containing references with abstracts and full text articles about communication science, linguistics, speech and language pathology, media studies, etc.

This database also includes a thesaurus.


This database is fully accessible within the UGent network (UGentNet …

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Dalloz is a legal database containing French legal resources: case law, annotated legislation, encyclopedias, journals and a number of basic works ('Dalloz Action'). The 'Codes Dalloz' contain up-to-date annotated legislation. In the 'Encyclopédie' you can find extensive basic articles, useful as an introduction to a particular topic; the 'Fiches d'orientation' …

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Database search: how to use search terms?

Each database has its own method to make the contents of that database accessible and consultable. Most databases use "Basic search" and "Advanced search".

Via "Basic search" you can filter the search results after performing a search.

"Advanced search" allows you to choose more specific search …

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EndNote: importing references

You can import references into EndNote from many different databases. In the clips below, we explain how to import references from the four most commonly used ones: the library's catalogue, Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar.


Web of Science

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Finding Belgian legislation

You can find Belgian (federal) legislation on the platform Belgian Legislation. Via a single interface you can search the database of the index of legislation as well as the database of the consolidated legislation.

Belgielex is the intersection of the Belgian laws where you can find federal as well …

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Finding European legislation

EUR-Lex is thé platform for EU law. It is the offcial and most complete collection of legal sources of the EU and is updated daily. On it, you can find:

  • EU law,
  • EU case law,
  • other European public documents,
  • and the authentic electronic version of the Official European Journal,

available …

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Gale Literary Sources (Gale)

Gale Literary Sources (formerly Artemis) is a full text database (used especially in Literature) combining the following literary sources:

  • Gale Literary Index
  • Gale Literature Criticism 
  • Gale Literature Resource Center 
  • Gale Literature: Contemporary Authors
  • Gale Literature: Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Gale Literature: LitFinder
  • Gale Literature: Scribner Writer Series
  • Gale Literature: Something …
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Google Books: what is it?

Google Books is a collection of fiction, non-fiction, and scientific works. Google formed the collection via contracts with publishers and by scanning the collections of libraries all across the world.

You can find a part of the collection of Ghent University Library in Google Books. Only print works without copyright …

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar is the scientific counterpart of Google. You can search for books, (peer reviewed) articles, reports, conference papers, and so on. You can narrow down your list of results by selecting a time period and/or language in the left-hand column.

Note that Google Scholar does not check the quality …

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HeinOnline is a legal database with a large collection of American and international legal journals, case law (primarily US and Canada) and other specific legal content such as Criminal Justice & Criminology, World Constitutions, etc. The Law Journal Library, for example, contains over 3100 fully searchable American and international …

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International Philosophical Bibliography - IPB

The International Philosophical Bibliography is a bibliographic database in the field of philosophy and the successor of:

  • Répertoire bibliographique de la philosophie
  • Bibliografisch Repertorium van de Wijsbegeerte.

The database includes all branches of philosophy and is updated four times a year.

You can search:

  • by historic period or major field …
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JSTOR is a (largely) fulltext mutidisciplinary database, originally designed to make the content of academic journals (Journal Storage) easily accessible to universities, but since then supplemented with books and primary sources.

JSTOR employs a moving wall: which means that there is a fixed period or gap between the publication of …

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In Jura, Kluwer's virtual legal library, you will find both Belgian and international legislation and case law. You will also find as the full text of many Belgian legal journals and publications. A number of compilations and models as well as the Commentaries on Articles can also be found …

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Jurisquare is an online legal database. It contains a selection of important Belgian legal journals. You can also find the full text of a large number of Belgian legal publications, mainly from Intersentia and die Keure/la Charte. Jurisquare is available in Dutch, French and English.


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Kluwer Arbitration

Kluwer Arbitration is an online legal database of the publisher Wolters Kluwer, specifically focused on the legal areas of arbitration and mediation. You will find a number of journals and books on these topics. You can also find other content: many arbitral awards and cases, an overview by country of …

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Kluwer Navigator

Kluwer Navigator is a Dutch legal database from Kluwer. In addition to laws, regulations and case law, it contains a number of Dutch legal journals. You will also find the Asser series, the Lexplication series and the Tekst en Commentaar series.


You can use the search bar to search …

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Legal Intelligence

Legal Intelligence is an integrated database for Dutch legal sources. It contains the journals and other publications of Dutch publishers (e.g. Boom juridisch, Wolters Kluwer, etc.) that you can access through Ghent University. It also contains freely available legislation and case law.


When entering a keyword, the search bar …

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Lexis 360 Intelligence

Lexis 360 Intelligence is a LexisNexis database for French legal resources. It contains legal journals, encyclopedias, case law, and laws and regulations (French, European and international). Under 'Encyclopédies' you will find the 'JurisClasseurs', basic works of French law. The 'Codes' contain up-to-date (commented) legislation. The 'Synthèses' provide an introduction to …

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ProQuest: introduction

ProQuest is a portal of scientific databases. Ghent University has access to 17 databases:

  • Acta Sanctorum
  • APA PsycArticles
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • C19: The Nineteenth Century Index
  • Coronavirus Research Database
  • Early Modern Books
  • Ebook Central
  • Gerritsen Women's History Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs
  • Patrologia Latina
  • Performing Arts Periodicals …
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PubMed: why and how to search

PubMed is a database used mainly in the area of medicine and health sciences.

You can search for biomedical references using the PubMed search engine. References and abstracts in PubMed are freely accessible to everyone.

Our information sheet about PubMed on the Knowledge Centre for Health Ghent (KCGG) website provides …

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Remote access & VPN

For copyright reasons, most electronic resources (databases and journals) can only be consulted within the UGent network. In the library catalogue they'll be indicated with "UGent only". You don't have to be on campus to be able to access these resources.


Off-campus access via Athena

Off-campus access is …

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Scholarly article: where to find it?

Search a bibliographic database

The best way to find qualitative scholarly articles is to use a bibliographic database. There are multidisciplinary databases (e.g. Scopus, Web of Science) as well as discipline-specific databases (e.g. PubMed for health sciences). These databases give an overview of published scholarly information, whether …

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SciFinder-n is the new interface for the classic version of SciFinder. SciFinder-n provides easy access to information in Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS) resources: journal citations and abstracts, substance data, chemical reactions, regulatory data, chemical suppliers, and biomedical literature.


This database is accessible within the Ghent University network. Login to …

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Scopus (Elsevier)

Scopus is an interdisciplinary bibliographical database with more than 61 million items from 105 countries in over 40 languages. It contains:

  • Peer-reviewed journals published from 1823 onwards
  • Conference proceedings
  • Books (mainly on social sciences, the arts and philosophy)
  • Patents

Scopus maintains the following criteria to ensure qualitative resources:

  • The publications …
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Searching: what is a citation search?

A citation search can go forward or backward in time. If you go forward in time, you look for the sources that cited your original article. If you go back in time, you look for the sources cited by your original article (also called "snowball search").


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Searching: what is the snowball search method?

The snowball search method is a way of tracking down related works by using the bibliography or reference list at the end of an article as your starting point. After all, there's a good chance that the sources the author has consulted while writing will be relevant to your own …

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Strada lex

Strada lex is the legal database of Larcier. This database is available in Dutch, French, and English. It contains legislation, case law and the journals of the publishers Larcier and Bruylant to which Ghent University has a subscription. On the bookshelf you will also find the digital version of the …

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Ullmann's encyclopedia of industrial chemistry

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry is a reference work related to industrial chemistry. As of 2016 it is in its 7th edition. This reference work provides the most current and trustworthy knowledge in everything that relates to the chemical industry, including processes, chemicals, products, analytical chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and much more. …

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Web of Science (WoS): introduction

Web of Science (WoS) is a portal of several scholarly databases. Ghent University has access to:

  • Science Citation Index (SCI)
  • Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH)
  • Emerging Sources …
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Web of Science: how to find the impact factor and ranking of a journal?

Open Web of Science

Go to the library catalogue lib.ugent.be > Databases > WoS : Web of Science.

Open the citation reports

Click "Products" in the top right corner to open a dropdown menu. Then click "Journal Citation Reports (tm)."

Look up the journal

Enter the title, the short title, …

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Web of Science: what is My Research Assistant (app) and how do I use it?

Web of Science (Clarivate) developed a new app to help you access their database from wherever you are. Once you're set up, you don't need to be connected to the Ghent University network anymore! But what can you do with it exactly, and how can you start using it?


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Westlaw is a legal database by Thomson Reuters with a focus on the United States, and a selection of international materials. It contains an extensive collection of American case law (on federal and state level) and a large quantity of secondary sources on more than 30 subjects. The international materials …

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Westlaw UK

Westlaw UK, a legal database of Thomson Reuters, provides access to case law, legislation, news, legal journals, commentaries, topical alerts and UK legal materials. It also contains a selection of materials (e.g., case law, legislation) related to the EU. In Westlaw UK, some of the 'International Materials' from the …

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