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, articles, 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.

Helka basic search

You can use Helka to search for most of the materials obtained by the University of Helsinki.

For search instructions and tips, see the Helka database.

You will not find all the materials through the Helka search. For example, Finnish articles and materials of the National Library and the National Repository Library can be found through the national Finna service. If you are searching for Finnish articles on health sciences, we recommend the Medic database.

For extensive searches, you will need discipline-specific databases (such as Scopus, Eric, Medline). This enables you to use the search features of various databases.

Examples of databases available to you:

  • BrowZine – service to browse electronic journals.
  • HELDA – Digital Repository of the University of Helsinki – contains e.g. research articles by UH researchers, theses and learning material.
  • 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
  • Finna.fi – materials of Finnish libraries, museums and archives
  • Eric – international database of educational science
  • Web of Science – international multidisciplinary database

Use discipline-specific 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