FAQs - Literature search

How do I thematically search for literature?

For thematic searches you best use the SLUB catalog, the SLUB catalog beta and the scientific databases. You can choose your subject in the databank information system DBIS.  All databases licensed by the SLUB are provided with the information "Campuslizenz". 

Can I use the SLUB catalogue for thematic search enquiries?

Yes, by entering specific information about the work or a topic in the search field >All. In addition, the SLUB catalogue allows keyword-based searches. The search results can be narrowed down using facets.

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What kind of media are listed in the SLUB catalog?

The SLUB catalog lists books, e-books, periodicals, e-journals, essays in periodicals, as well as images of the Deutsche Fotothek, documents within the publication server Qucosa, objects of our Digital Collections, standards, audio media, films etc.

After which classification the list of literature is done?

Do you put books systematically on library shelves? Yes, we do. In all branches of the SLUB, we use a library classification called Regensburger Verbundklassifikation (RVK) to organize our book holdings. The central library's textbook collection is grouped into five thematic clusters. Within these clusters the RVK applies again.


How do I find e-books?

E-books can be found with the aid of the SLUB catalog. There you will find links leading to the respective online offers. Moreover, you can access e-book collections of different publishing houses via our database information system DBIS.

Where can I find periodicals?

Periodicals and newspapers can be found via the SLUB catalog. Alternatively, the Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB) lists besides print and online titles also microfilms and microfiches. The Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB) lists all e-journals licensed by the SLUB. The EZB offers detailed license information.

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Where can I find standards?

DIN standards, VDI guidelines, ISO standards and DWA-Documents including full texts can be found in the catalog as well as in the database Nautos. You can view them at all SLUB locations and within the TU Dresden campus.

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Where do I find DIN-VDE?

Documents of the Verband der Deutchen Elektroingenieure - VDE - are to be found at the PC BRE038 near the Service Counter at the Central Library. Please contact our staff.

Am I allowed to view psychological tests?

Yes, you may, if you are working or studying at the faculty of psychology at the TU Dresden. If you are studying at another faculty and want to borrow a test, you will need a proof which demonstrates that viewing a specific test is relevant for your studies. This could be a letter from your advisor for your bachelor's or master's thesis. Non-members of the TU Dresden are not allowed to borrow tests.

Where can psychological tests be found?

Psychological tests are available at the so-called “Testothek”. You will find the Testothek at a special site at Falkenbrunnen, Chemnitzer Str. 46b, room 154, phone: (0351) 463-38668.

All tests can be found via the SLUB catalog. For information about testing procedures, please consult the database PSYNDEXPlus. Search the multidisciplinary databases Web of Science and Scopus for additional information concerning international publications on the topic of psychological diagnostics and psychological tests.

Where can I view and borrow cartographic material?

Maps, charts and elevations can be requested via the SLUB catalog. At the map reading room (Central Library, level -2, see also maps on the stairs) you can retrieve requested media and get further, specific advice. The Kartenforum provides digitized cartographic sources for immediate viewing. The "Virtuelles Kartenforum 2.0" offers enaced applications like 3D view and geocoding.

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What is the SLUB's Knowledge Bar for?

At our Knowledge Bar you can book individual counselling appointments that are geared to you specific questions. This service is free of charge. Our specialized library staff introduces you to literature you will need for your research. Choose your topic from the following fields: learning/researching, writing/publishing, or technics/technologies. Furthermore, you will be advised on preferably all facets and stages of your research process.

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