Channels for information retrieval

Where you should look for information is defined by your information need. The following chart shows different information needs with suitable information-retrieval channels that will often turn up useful information sources.


What you are looking for  => Where to find it
A certain book  => Search for Helsinki University Library collections

Other libraries:

A certain article  =>
  •  If you know the name of the journal in which the article is published, use Helka database. Write the journal name in the search box.
  • Try Helka article search or  Google Scholar. Through them you will often gain access to e-articles that the library has bought.
  • Part of the articles can be found only by searching in databases acquired by the library.
    Use Research Guides to find out which databases are suitable for your topic.
E-journals by topic => Search for Helsinki University Library collections

  • With BrowZine you can browse e-journals by topic. You can keep your journals and articles in one place and access them later.
You need new information about a certain subject quickly, but you do not need to chart everything that has been published about it.  =>  Helka article search or the open web e.g. Google Scholar
An overall mapping of everything that has been written on the subject  =>
  • Find information in the databases for your own field (e.g. Scopus)
  • Search broadly – e.g. for articles, research reports, scientific books and theses in various databases.