Searching the collection

The Helsinki University Library contains both electronic and printed material, such as

  • course literature
  • research literature
  • journals and series
  • doctoral theses and other theses
  • databases

Helka Search

You can search for books, journals, theses and databases via Helka database.

You can write into the Helka search box for example the name of the book or author name, journal name, the name of database, or keywords and subject headings. The Helka search will suggest material that corresponds to your search terms under the search box, and you can select the result that matches your query the best.


If you like to know more, how the search works you can find information from Search Tips.

The Helka Article Search  allows you to make quick searches of articles, but we recommend using the user interfaces of discipline-specific databases for extensive searches (e.g. Scopus, Eric, Medline).


The Library has acquired a number of licenses to Finnish and international databases that you can access through the university network.

Examples of databases available to you:

  • Helka – the collections database of the Library at the University of Helsinki. You can use Helka also via the resource search functionality on the library website.
  • HELDA – Digital Repository of the University of Helsinki – contains e.g. research articles by UH researchers, theses and learning material.
  • Melinda – a library database shared by all the university libraries in Finland, it contains all their collections.
  • ARTO – a Finnish article database containing references to articles published in Finland.
  • MOT Dictionaries – a set of dictionaries in different languages and specialized areas.
  • Scopus – an international multidisciplinary database
  • Medic – a Finnish reference database of health sciences

Use Research Guides to find out which databases are suitable for your topic.
Using the links in Guides you can proceed to the original search view of the database, which lets you perform advanced information searches.

4.3 ResearchGuides

SFX linking service

SFX link resolver offers cross-database linking from citations in databases to the corresponding full text article or paper in other database (if available).

Clicking on SFX button will open a new window, presenting a SFX menu that gives you information about the article, journal or book.
The link after Full text available via (see image below) will take you to the article.
It is possible to make a link to this SFX window, if you click Make a link to this page.

4.3. SFX-eng