Catalogues & Search Engines

In our RUB Primo Catalogue you will find the holdings of the RUB libraries with the location details for print media or the link to the full texts of the electronic resources.

If you need literature that cannot be found in our catalogue, you can use the following other catalogues for your search:

Central Catalogue Monographs
The Central Catalogue of Monographs (ZKM) contains the titles not listed in the RUB Primo Catalogue (no journals) of the RUB subject libraries up to the year of publication 1998.

Dissertations and Theses Catalogue
The dissertations and theses catalogue contains the dissertations and theses of the University Library not listed in the RUB Primo Catalogue with publication years from 1960 to 1996.

RUB Document Repository
The document repository contains electronically published dissertations and habilitations of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The database provides access to the full texts. In addition, texts published by RUB researchers via Open Access are listed and can be accessed.

OAW Alphabetical Catalogue
The digitized alphabetical main catalogue of the library of the Faculty of East Asian Studies (OAW-DAHK) lists the holdings of the departmental library up to the year of publication 1996.

Bochum Catalogue
With the help of this meta-catalogue you can search the catalogues of all publicly accessible libraries in Bochum with one search query.

The Electronic Journals Library lists more than 100,000 electronic journals and uses a traffic light system to indicate whether access to the full texts of articles is possible at the Ruhr-Universität. Licensed e-journals can only be read within the campus network! Members of the RUB can also dial into the university's internal network from anywhere. Please refer to our instructions for external access to the campus network.

The journal database lists all journals and newspapers available in German libraries - both printed and electronic editions - with precise inventory details for each institution.

The KVK (Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue) is a meta-search engine for finding several hundred million books, journals and other media in library and book trade catalogues worldwide as well as in academic search engines and databases of freely accessible full texts.

Scientific search engines

These search engines index scientifically relevant sources on the Internet, sometimes also from the so-called "deep web", for example the content of scientific databases or texts from electronic journals that are not freely accessible.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar enables special searches for scientific literature, including book titles, journal articles and technical papers. You can select Ruhr-Universität Bochum in the menu under Settings, then Library links, and will then be shown directly if a hit is available as full text. Full-text access to our licensed services is only possible within the campus network. Members of the RUB can also dial into the university's internal network from anywhere. Please note our instructions for external access to the campus network. You can find further tips on research in this video.*

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) is one of the world's largest search engines for academic web documents. The index includes over 300 million documents from over 10,000 data providers. The full texts of around 60% of the documents indexed in BASE are freely accessible (open access). BASE also offers an advanced search with many filter options. You can find more tips on searching in this video.*

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