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Access to (Belgian) legal databases

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the above databases are temporarily available for consultation off-campus.

From which location can you access the main Belgian legal databases Jura, Stradalex and Jurisquare :

  • only available at the Faculty of Law & Criminology and at the Faculty of Economics & Business Administration (Tweekerken) …
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Acta Sanctorum (Chadwyck) database

Acta Sanctorum is a full text database containing the texts of 68 volumes of the Acta Sanctorum, a series of critical editions of hagiographies, published by Société des Bollandistes between 1643 and 1940. You also have the possibility to search the church writings in the Patrologia Latina at the same …

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Africa-Wide Information (Ebsco)

Africa-Wide Information is a bibliographic database providing access to more than 3.5 million references and abstracts within African studies.


The database is fully accessible within the UGent network (UGentNet).

Search operators

You can use Boolean operators in all databases on the Ebsco platform to make your search broader …

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archINFORM is an online database for international architecture, originally emerging from records of interesting building projects from architecture students from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany). It has become a large online database about world-renowned architects and buildings from past to present. The database contains information (including plans and images) about …

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The Artstor image database contains more than one million high-quality digital images that can be used free of charge for scientific purposes, through the Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) programme.

On the homepage you can enter a search term in the search field. You also have the option to browse …

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Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

The database "Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals" is published by the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. It offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture and design, including bibliographic descriptions on subjects such as the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, …

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Beck-online (legal database)

Beck-online is a legal database of the German publisher C.H. Beck Verlag. It contains case law, (law) commentaries and handbooks in the field of German law and almost all journals published by Beck. You will also find laws and regulations and the commented German Bundesrecht published by Nomos.


Using …

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BelgicaPress, database of digitised historical Belgian newspapers

BelgicaPress is a new full-text database from the Belgian Royal Library where you can find (as of spring 2018) all the digitised historical Belgian newspapers online (from 1814 to 1970) including the censored press of both World Wars.

Thanks to the application of Optical Character Recognition (OCR), the content is …

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BHA: Bibliography of the History of Art (Getty)

The BHA (Bibliography of the History of Art) is a bibliographical database that contains publications about European and American visual art, published between 1975 and 2007.


This database is freely accessible.

Search Operators
  • You can use the Boolean operators AND OR NOT.
  • In the Advanced search mode you can …
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CEPR - Centre for Economic Policy Research

The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) was founded in 1983 to enhance the quality of economic policy-making within Europe and beyond, by fostering high quality, policy-relevant economic research, and disseminating it widely to decision-makers in the public and private sectors.



This database is fully accessible online within …

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CERN Document Server

The CERN Document Server (CDS) is the institutional repository that provides acquisition, search and collaborative tools to manage collections of documents produced at CERN. The collections include HEP documents, multimedia documents, bulletins, administrative (directorate, HR, finance) documents, EU project documents (OpenAire, EMi), library and project document types.

The database contains …

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Chapter scan: searching and finding references and content tables of books

It is possible for researchers and students at UGent to request chapter scans of some of the books via the catalogue (lib.ugent.be). You can find a blue button "Get chapter scan" if we provide this service on a book.

Here are some tips & tricks to make this …

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Communication Source

Communication Source is hosted on the Ebsco platform. It is a bibliographic database containing references with abstracts and full text articles about communication science, linguistics, speech and language pathology, media studies, etc.

This database also includes a thesaurus.


This database is fully accessible within the UGent network (UGentNet …

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Dalloz (legal database)

Dalloz is a legal database containing French legal resources: case law, annotated legislation, encyclopedias, journals and a number of basic works (Dalloz Action). The Codes Dalloz contains up-to-date annotated legislation. In the Encyclopédie you can find extensive basic articles, useful as an introduction to a particular topic; the …

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Embase: comparison with PubMed and tips & tricks for searching

Embase is regarded as the European equivalent of PubMed/MEDLINE. When using the Embase search engine, you automatically browse not only the Embase database but also articles in PubMed/MEDLINE that have already been assigned MeSH terms.


Embase is only accessible via the UGent network.

Search operators

Embase can be …

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EndNote: how can you import references?

You can import references into EndNote from many different databases. In the clips below, we explain how to import references from the four most commonly used ones: the library's catalogue, Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar.


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Finding Belgian legislation

You can find Belgian (federal) legislation on the platform Belgian Legislation. Via a single interface you can search the database of the index of legislation as well as the database of the consolidated legislation.

Belgielex is the intersection of the Belgian laws where you can find federal as well …

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Finding European legislation

In EUR-Lex you can find

  • EU law,
  • EU case law,
  • other European public documents,
  • and the authentic electronic version of the Official European Journal,

available in the 24 languages of the European Union.

More information

Overview of online sources on European law and legislation on the website of the faculty …

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Gale Literary Sources (Gale)

Gale Literary Sources (formerly Artemis) is a full text database (used especially in Literature) combining the following literary sources:

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online
  • Literature Criticism Online
  • Literature Resource Center - LRC
  • LitFinder
  • Scribner Writer Series
  • Something About the Author Online
  • Twayne's Authors Series

The database is fully …

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Google Books: what is it?

Google Books is a collection of fiction, non-fiction, and scientific works. Google formed the collection via contracts with publishers and by scanning the collections of libraries all across the world.

You can find a part of the collection of Ghent University Library in Google Books. Only print works without copyright …

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar is the scientific counterpart of Google. You can search for books, (peer reviewed) articles, reports, conference papers, and so on. You can narrow down your list of results by selecting a time period and/or language in the left-hand column.

Note that Google Scholar does not check the quality …

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Grove Dictionary of Art

Grove Art Online provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art, ed. Jane Turner (1996, 34 vols.) and The Oxford Companion to Western Art, ed. Hugh Brigstocke (2001).

Grove Art Online is a scholarly art encyclopedia, updated regularly and covering global art and architecture from prehistory …

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HeinOnline (legal database)


HeinOnline is a legal database with a large collection of American and international legal journals, case law (primarily US and Canada) and other specific legal content such as Criminal Justice & Criminology, World Constitutions, etc. The Law Journal Library, for example, contains over 3100 fully searchable American and international …

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IEEE Xplore: Digital Library

IEEE Xplore Digital Library is a full-text research database for discovery and access to journal articles, conference proceedings, technical standards, and related materials on computer science, electrical engineering and electronics, and allied fields. It contains material published mainly by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and other partner publishers.


Anyone can search IEEE Xplore and …

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International Philosophical Bibliography - IPB

The International Philosophical Bibliography is a bibliographic database in the field of philosophy and the successor of:

  • Répertoire bibliographique de la philosophie
  • Bibliografisch Repertorium van de Wijsbegeerte.

The database includes all branches of philosophy and is updated four times a year.

You can search:

  • by historic period or major field …
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JSTOR is a (largely) fulltext mutidisciplinary database, originally designed to make the content of academic journals (Journal Storage) easily accessible to universities, but since then supplemented with books and primary sources.

JSTOR employs a moving wall: which means that there is a fixed period or gap between the publication of …

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Jura (legal database Kluwer)

In Jura, Kluwer's virtual legal library, you will find both Belgian and international legislation and case law. You will also find as the full text of many Belgian legal journals and publications. A number of compilations and models as well as the Commentaries on Articles can also be found …

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Jurisquare (legal database)

Jurisquare is an online legal database. It contains a selection of important Belgian legal journals. You can also find the full text of a large number of Belgian legal publications, mainly from Intersentia and die Keure/la Charte. Jurisquare is available in Dutch, French and English.


Using Search in library,  …

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Kluwer Navigator (legal database Kluwer)

Kluwer Navigator is a Dutch legal database from Kluwer. In addition to laws, regulations and case law, it contains a number of Dutch legal journals. You will also find the Asser series, the Lexplication series and the Tekst en Commentaar series.


You can use the search bar to search …

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Legal Intelligence (legal database)

Legal Intelligence is an integrated database for Dutch legal sources. It contains the journals and other publications of Dutch publishers (e.g. Boom juridisch, Wolters Kluwer, etc.) that you can access through Ghent University. It also contains freely available legislation and case law.


When entering a keyword, the search bar …

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Lexis 360 Intelligence (legal database)

Lexis 360 Intelligence is a LexisNexis database for French legal resources. It contains legal journals, encyclopedias, case law, and laws and regulations (French, European and international). Under Encyclopédies you will find the JurisClasseurs, basic works of French law. The Codes contain up-to-date (commented) legislation. The Synthèses provide an introduction …

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Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) is a bibliographic database of international literature on linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences (e.g. applied linguistics, learning disabilities, phonology, psycholinguistics, etc.).

LLBA contains a thesaurus in which you can select search terms from a controlled vocabulary and include them in your search. …

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MLA International Bibliography & Directory of Periodicals (Ebsco)

This bibliographic database contains books, websites, and articles (in English and some 60 other languages) compiled by the Modern Language Association of America beginning in 1926. It includes the following research fields:

Modern literature
Literary theory and criticism
Language teaching
Film, television and theater
Rhetoric and the art of …

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All Belgian and European standards published by NBN, Bureau for Standardization, are collected in the database MyNBN.


Search for the database in the Library catalogue of Ghent University. Click on "View online". UGent has a 'read-only' access to MyNBN. Select "educational establishment: Ghent University" in the login …

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ProQuest: introduction

ProQuest is a portal of scientific databases. Ghent University has access to 17 databases:

  • Acta Sanctorum
  • APA PsycArticles
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • C19: The Nineteenth Century Index
  • Coronavirus Research Database
  • Early Modern Books
  • Ebook Central
  • Gerritsen Women's History Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs
  • Patrologia Latina
  • Performing Arts Periodicals …
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PubMed: why and how to search

You can search for biomedical references using the PubMed search engine. References and abstracts in PubMed are freely accessible to everyone.

Our information sheet about PubMed on the Knowledge Centre for Health Ghent (KCGG) website will provide more information. 


References and abstracts in PubMed are freely accessible to everyone. …

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Remote access & VPN

For copyright reasons, most electronic resources (databases and journals) can only be consulted within the UGent network. In the library catalogue they'll be indicated with "UGent only". You don't have to be on campus to be able to access these resources.


Off-campus access via Athena

Off-campus access is …

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Scholarly article: where to find it?

Search a bibliographic database

The best way to find qualitative scholarly articles is to use a bibliographic database. There are multidisciplinary databases (e.g. Scopus, Web of Science) as well as discipline-specific databases (e.g. PubMed for health sciences). These databases give an overview of published scholarly information, whether …

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Scopus (Elsevier)

Scopus is an interdisciplinary bibliographical database with more than 61 million items from 105 countries in over 40 languages. It contains:

  • Peer-reviewed journals published from 1823 onwards
  • Conference proceedings
  • Books (mainly on social sciences, the arts and philosophy)
  • Patents

Scopus maintains the following criteria to ensure qualitative resources:

  • The publications …
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Scopus: introduction

Scopus is an interdisciplinary bibliographical database. The video below is an excerpt from a tutorial and explains some of the basic features, such as:

  • How do I access Scopus?
  • How do I use the basic search feature in Scopus?
  • How do I sort and filter my search results?
  • How do …
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Searching: what is a citation search?

A citation search can go forward or backward in time. If you go forward in time, you look for the sources that cited your original article. If you go back in time, you look for the sources cited by your original article (also called "snowball search").


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Searching: what is the snowball search method?

The snowball search method is a way of tracking down related works by using the bibliography or reference list at the end of an article as your starting point. After all, there is a good chance that the sources the author has consulted while writing will be relevant to your …

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Strada lex (legal database Larcier)

Strada Lex is the legal database of Larcier. This database is available in Dutch, French, and English. It contains legislation, case law and the journals of the publishers Larcier and Bruylant to which Ghent University has a subscription. On the bookshelf you will also find the digital version of the …

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Translation Studies Bibliography (TSB)

Translation Studies Bibliography is an annotated bibliography of the vast field of Translation and Interpreting Studies. TSB includes a thesaurus where you can include search terms from a controlled vocabulary in your search. 


This database is fully accessible within the UGent network (UGentNet).

Boolean operators

You can …

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Ullmann's encyclopedia of industrial chemistry

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry is a reference work related to industrial chemistry. As of 2016 it is in its 7th edition. This reference work provides the most current and trustworthy knowledge in everything that relates to the chemical industry, including processes, chemicals, products, analytical chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and much more. …

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Web of Science (WoS): introduction

Web of Science (WoS) is a portal of several scholarly databases. Ghent University has access to:

  • Science Citation Index (SCI)
  • Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH)
  • Emerging Sources …
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Web of Science: how to find the impact factor and ranking of a journal?

Open Web of Science

Go to the library catalogue lib.ugent.be > Databases > WoS : Web of Science.

Open the citation reports

Click "Products" in the top right corner to open a dropdown menu. Then click "Journal Citation Reports (tm)."

Look up the journal

Enter the title, the short title, …

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Web of Science: what is My Research Assistant (app) and how do I use it?

Web of Science (Clarivate) developed a new app to help you access their database from wherever you are. Once you're set up, you don't need to be connected to the Ghent University network anymore! But what can you do with it exactly, and how can you start using it?


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Westlaw (legal database Thomson Reuters)

Westlaw is a legal database by Thomson Reuters with a focus on the United States, and a selection of international materials. It contains an extensive collection of American case law (on federal and state level) and a large quantity of secondary sources on more than 30 subjects. The international materials …

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Westlaw UK (legal database Thomson Reuters)

Westlaw UK, a legal database of Thomson Reuters, provides access to case law, legislation, news, legal journals, commentaries, topical alerts and UK legal materials. It also contains a selection of materials (e.g., case law, legislation) related to the EU. In Westlaw UK, some of the International Materials from the …

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