What is in the collection?
You will find literature on the following subjects: biology, pharmacy, chemistry, physics & astronomy (including history of science), mathematics, and information & computing science.
Where is the collection located?
The Science collection (books, journals, and databases) is for the larger part an electronic collection.
In Omega you can search a large part of the electronic collection: here you will also find all electronic journals, e-books and other electronic publications.
The print collection is located on the fourth floor of the University Library Uithof. The book collection is classified according to our classification schedule.
You will find the last fifteen volumes of the journals on the open shelves, unless the journals are available electronically. Back volumes can be requested from the depositories through our catalogue.
Floorplan with collections and facilities.
Journals and articles
In Omega you can search a large part of the electronic collection: here you will also find all electronic journals, arranged alphabetically and by subject.
In the search engines you can perform a general search or you can search by subject.
Scopus, PubMed and Web of Science are excellent databases to use as a starting point. Each discipline has its own search engines, focussing on more specific professional literature, for instance SciFinder and Reaxys for Chemistry.
In Scopus and Web of Science you can view how many times and by whom your literature has been cited.
Journal Citation Reports gives the impact factor and other figures of scientific journals.
The library offers access to thousands of e-books in several disciplines, published by Elsevier, Oxford en Springer. You will find the e-books in the catalogue and Omega. In both systems you can limit the search results to e-books by using ‘advanced search'.
In the catalogue you will find information about the books (including the e-books) and print journals; you can request books and renew the loan period online.
If you are looking for a book or journal or want to find out more about a subject, our page with search tips is a good place to start.
Manage your own literature references
RefWorks is an online tool for collecting, managing and sharing your literature references. In RefWorks you can create bibliographies and lists of references, and insert references in Word documents.
This custom-made online library contains a selection of sources based on your discipline(s). Search engines, books, journal articles, alerts and search results can be imported to Personal Library. In this way it gives you the opportunity to set up a truly satisfactory library.
In the search engines (Scopus, Web of Science etc.) this icon will take you to the full text of the article. In cases where Utrecht University Library offers no access to the full text, you can request the article via Picarta. For this you need an ILL account.
Virtual Knowledge Centres
A Virtual Knowledge Centre (VKC) is a combination of an online work environment and an online library with information on a specific discipline or subject. It is a virtual community, where researchers, lecturers and students from the same (research) group can collaborate and share the results of their research with each other and third parties.
If you have a subject-related question please contact your library contact person.