- Katalog – KatalogPlus
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Search for books and journals (print and electronic versions) in the collections of the RUB libraries.
You can't search for journal articles or book chapters!
Search the holdings of the RUB libraries AND get additional results from selected databases.
Here you can search for journal articles and book chapters!
A list of the databases (which the RUB has a licence for) being searched by KatalogPlus can be found here.
In the list of licensed databases the ones integrated in the KatalogPlus search are indicated by this icon.
Selecting "Katalog" or rather "KatalogPlus"
Click on the desired tab on our homepage. Later on you can switch between the two options and also into the advanced search.
If you started using the Katalog, the result list will have this heading:
You can include additional sources by deselecting the filter "Katalog RUB" - the search will now be performed in KatalogPlus.
Simply put in the name of the author and words from the title of the book.
Wassermann art interactive teachingfinds “Wassermann, Selma: The art of interactive teaching”
Search for a call number
TX call number(e.g.
Here you can select several fields and combine them with AND, OR or NOT.
Search terms can be combined with AND, OR or NOT.
Artist AND Painterretrieves results that contain both terms
Artist OR Painterretrieves results that contain at least one of the terms
Artist NOT Painterretrieves results that contain the term "artist" but not the term "painter"
Using quotation marks to search for a phrase (e.g
"The name of the rose";
"Stephen Hawking"), retrieves results where the search terms appear next to each other in the exact order in which they were typed.
Replace a word ending by an asterisk (*), one character by a question mark (?), one or no character by a hash sign (#).
techni*finds techniques, technics, technical, technician…
M?llerfinds Miller, Maller, Muller…
one or no character
colo#rfinds color and colour
There are several options to limit your results, on the left hand side of yor result list you see limiters for source and publication types, subject, publisher, language, location, collection and content provider. If you want to select more than one option click on "Show more" first.
Example: You want to see the English and German titles in your result list
Limit to journals in KatalogPlus
In addition to journal and book titles you can find journal articles and book chapters in KatalogPlus.Select "Academic Journals" and "Magazines" as source type for journal articles
Characteristics of the result list
If you click on a title you will see the detailed record. This provides helpful further information such as the Bibtip (recommendations of books relevant to your topic), Information about other editions, a GoogleBookPreview if available etc.
Link to the fulltext of e-books
Sometimes this link will only be displayed in the detailed record - due to technical reasons.
Display of the copies in stock of the RUB libraries
Sometimes the first copy shown is out on loan, therefore make sure you click on "Show more" underneath the first location!
Locations on the campus
Underneath “Location” you see where to find the item: most of the stock in the central University Library you can borrow whereas the stock of the departmental libraries usually is for reference use only.
Attention: Even after switching the user interface to English, the library names and the current loan status won't be translated:
If the book is in the central University library you will get the following information: Universitätsbibliothek = Central Library, Geschoss = Floor, Bereich = Area, Wegweiser will show you a map of the stated floor, the shelf the book is on is marked red, the call number, Status Ausleihbar = available, Status Entliehen = currently on loan
If the book is in a departmental library you will get this information: Name of the library (in German), the abbreviation of the building it is in plus floor and room number (if the building is not on the campus, you will see the address), the call number, Status for departmental libraries usually is Präsenzbestand = for reference use only
Research Starter in KatalogPlus
When you conduct a search in KatalogPlus, a Research Starter placard may appear at the top of the result list. For those topics identified as most popular, Research Starters will retrieve relevant articles that link you to related information and detailed bibliographies. Research Starters content is curated from a variety of high quality sources, both proprietary and encyclopedic, including Salem Press, Encyclopædia Britannica, and others.
If you want to see the record of the multivolume work, click on „Zur übergeordneten Quelle“ in the detailed record of a volume.
Click on the title to view the detailed record. The available volumes are listed at the bottom. If the work consists of more than 10 volumes, click on "Klicken Sie hier um alle ... Einzelbände zu sehen" to see all of them.
How do you get access to full texts?
Try to access the full text by following the link/s displayed after clicking on this icon:
The icon "Journals online and print" (JoP) tells you whether you have access to a journal article (printed or online).
free access very likely
licensed by your library
partially licensed by your library
not licensed by your library
printed edition available in your library
printed edition not available in your library
No results found?
If a book was published before 1999 please also look it up in the ZKM – Zentralkatalog Monographien.
This catalogue lists books in the collections of the departmental libraries.
Order the requested item via interlibrary loan. (Only possible if no library in Bochum owns it.)
Use our form Purchase suggestion to recommend a book for purchase.
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