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Accessing books


Printed books

You should begin looking for books in the Oula library catalogue. The Holdings display will give you the basic information on the publication, with its location and status. Call Number link shows the location of a call number on a library map. Books that are out on loan (charged) can be put on hold for you. For items that are not on loan you can place requests.

Through Universal Borrowing all Oulu University Library customers themselves can request books from the National Repository Library, which is located in Kuopio, and from polytechnic libraries in Oulu and Kajaani. Book loans are free of charge. Through Universal Borrowing you can only request for books that are not charged. You can not request books currently on loan.

The interlibrary loan service searches and orders publications for loan and photocopies of publications that are not available at Oulu University Library.

Books can also be borrowed from public libraries and polytechnic libraries.

Books can also be acquired from publishers, suppliers and bookshops.
You can request that a book be purchased using the University Library's electronic acquisition form.
Source: Amazon.com <http://www.amazon.com>, http://www.springer.com/medicine (20.11.2008)



E-books that the University of Oulu has access to can be found via Subject Guides, Nelli or Oula.
In Oula E-Book link provides access to the electronic book.


In Ebrary, the books can be read directly by the user interface or you can install a reader program in your PC.
Source: http://site.ebrary.com/lib/oulu 26.7.2010


In the Ellibs web library, books are downloaded for a limited amount of time on to your own computer.
Source: http://www.ellibs.com/ellibslibrary 11.07.2013


Google Book Search is a good tool for finding books. It helps you find books (or information on them) from the web-pages of different publishers and libraries. Depending on copyright, you can sometimes find a reference for the book, table of contents, and samples of the content, in some cases even the whole text.
Source: http://books.google.fi 11.7.2013


Accessing a journal article



E-journals that the University of Oulu has access to can be found via Nelli, Oula or Subject Guides.
In Oula SFX image link provides access to the full text of articles.

A good place to start your journal or journal article search is the Nelli portal. Through Nelli, you have access to more than 20 000 electronic publications. The journals can be browsed in alphabetical order, or searched using the name of the publication. On the right side of the name of the publication, you can find the red SFX link which details the databases and services through which the publication can be accessed.
Source: Nelli portal 29.10.2009



SFX is a link server which enables interconnection of different systems. It is used for locating materials, i.e. after finding an interesting reference to an article or a book, and with SFX you can access either the full text of the article or check the status of the printed version of the book or the article in the library's own database.
Source:http://sfx.nelliportaali.fi 11.7.2013


Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. When you find an interesting article through Google Scholar, you can access it, if the University of Oulu has access rights to the publication mentioned. The reference for the article can be saved directly to RefWorks. Source:http://scholar.google.fi/ 10.7.2013

Individual online publications and articles can also be found on the Internet.

Printed journals

You should begin looking for journals in the Oula library catalogue. Call Number link shows the location of a journal on a library map.
SFX image link provides access to the full text of articles.

Accessing conference proceedings


Print versions
The print versions of conference proceedings in the Oulu University Library are kept on the shelves by subject and are to be found in the Oula online catalogue.

When searching for conference proceedings using Oula, the starting point is information about the conference or conference proceedings mentioned in the reference of a search report. In Oula, it is not possible to run a search with the title of a conference paper as the search term. For example, search for conference proceedings from the Personal Protective Equipment Seminar in 2005. One publication can be found. .
Source: Oula library catalogue 29.10.2009

It is also worth running a search for printed conference proceedings and articles through the interlibrary loan service.
If conference proceedings or a paper are not available either in the printed or electronic collections of Oulu University Library nor on the Internet, it can be ordered via the Interlibrary Loan service. A fee is charged for this service. The conference articles are normally delivered as photocopies.



Electronic full texts of conference proceedings can be found at the University of Oulu, from the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library database (The IEEE and IEE conference proceedings are available from the year 1988 onwards) and from the ACM Digital Library database (ACM conference proceedings). In both of these databases, it is possible to both browse the conference proceedings and do searches for conference articles.
Sources: IEEE, ACM 22.7.2011


Conference articles might be available through Google Scholar and other Internet search engines using, for example, the name of the conference article.
If the University of Oulu has rights to the article you have found, it can be opened as a full- text version.
Source: http://scholar.google.fi/ 22.6.2011


In addition to single conference articles, directories of conferences for different disciplines can also be found.
Conferences organised by different academic associations can best be found from the websites of the associations themselves. The websites often also have information on conference proceedings. Access to full texts frequently requires membership of the society or a subscription.
Sources: http://www.allconferences.com/, http://www.asme.org/events/conferences, http://hfes.org/web/HFESMeetings/meetings.html, http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/index.html, http://www.siam.org/proceedings/, http://spie.org/x1848.xml?WT.svl=mddp2 (14.7.2011)

Many reference databases and full-text databases contain references to conference proceedings and articles. The databases available at the University of Oulu can be found  in Subject Guides or through the Nelli portal. Using a restrictor on the Document type can limit the search just to conference proceedings. The databases may also offer fields with conference information, or codes that can be utilized in a search.

Accessing patent documents


Information on patents, patent applications and documents in their entirety are readily available free of charge on the internet. You can start looking for patent information from Subject Guides. There you can find a collection of free patent databases, patent classifications and other useful links; e.g. different countries' National Boards of Patents and Registration, and patent services on the internet.
Source: Subject guides <http://libguides.oulu.fi/content.php?pid=364160&sid=2980286> 23.8.2013


If you want to find a particular patent application or patent, the Espacenet database provided by the European Patent Organisation is a good place to start your search. Espacenet includes plenty of full-text patent applications, with their claims and drawings included. In addition, it includes information on the specific patent family, and you may be able to access other patent publications on the same invention in different languages. Espacenet includes predominantly patent applications. Information on patents granted and patent processing information need to be searched from several sources. Source: Espacenet <http://worldwide.espacenet.com> 11.07.2013