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Many of our licence to online journals and databases are provided through the Swiss Academic Libraries Consortium whose members are the university libraries, the Swiss National Library, the libraries of the ETH.

Some journals make their articles freely accessible after an embargo period, however, and you may find articles for free on the web, even if published in a toll access journal, since more and more papers are archived in servers all connected to dedicated search engines.

One version of an article is reserved to subscribers, another is openly accessible to everyone.

This page describes some major search tools. Some may be accessed through a subscription (), the others are free ()

Fulltext of Articles


Links to theses sites are given in the *Search engines* list on top of all the pages.

EZB Elektronische Zeitschriften Bibliothek

EZB is a database of online journals that we subscribed or journals which are freely accessible developed by the Library of the University of Regensburg. More then 450 european libraries are using and provide data to this catalogue. EZB can be used from any computer (e.g. from your home, your lab, the library or anywhere in the world) but access to the full text of articles, when they are subscribed to, is possible only from the university.
Using EZB
In French, Englisch, or in German

Web of Sciences

Published by the Thomson Reuters, the company which also publishes Endnote, Reference Manager, Current Contents, and which computes each year the Impact Factor of your favourite journals.

Web of Sciences is a web interface to databases which cover over 8,000 international journals in the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Coverage is not exhaustive, since journals are selected by Thomson: in the STM field more then 8'000 titles are indexed. From a reference found in WoS, you can navigate up to citing articles or back in time to cited articles. In the future, WoS should be linked to our full text journals. The full text of some articles can be reached in one click via this button ..

Using WoS
Many documents and tutorials are proposed by Thomson: from 10 minutes tutorials to more complete documents.

SciFinder scholar

From the American Chemical Society,Scifinder Scholar explores Chemical Abstracts Database: CAPLUS, Structure Database: REGISTRY, Reactions Database: CASREACT and MEDLINE.

Using SciFinder Scholar
See these Tutorials from ACS to effectively use SciFinder.

Scifinder Scholar now use the Web to access data and a registration has to be made.


PubMed from NCBI is a free web interface to MEDLINE. About 4'000 journals are included. It provides biomedical data without delay since articles are linked directly by the publishers. List of all the databases.
Using PubMed
In short, PubMed allows one to make complex queries with operators. Things like ((dna [mh] OR human* [ti]) AND Cavalli-Sforza[au]) are allowed, but simpler step-by-step requests can also be made. Saving searches is possible, and these can be run automatically from PubMed from a personal account with MyNCBI. See the help on Pubmed for more information.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books ... Scholar's coverage is growing, and it allows navigating from an article to a cited article. Useful for finding an article, questionable for citation tracking (and searching in Google with Google Scholar" "web of science" or "Google Scholar" Scirus, will lead to a lot of interesting information).
Using Google Scholar


Base stands for Bielefeld Academic Search Engine. A set from a search result can be filtered by authors, sources...
Using Base
By specific fields, two words in the same field are ANDed.

Vital IT

Vital IT is a bioinformatics competence centre paid by the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Berne and Fribourg, and the EPFL. By participating in Vital IT we benefit of the know-how and the computing power to  process biomedical data, for example high throughput biocomputing.
Using Vital IT
Please contact the Bioinformatics core facilty of the University of Fribourg.
Dokpe - Rue du Musée 4 - CH 1700 Fribourg - Tel +41 26 / 300 92 65 - Fax +41 26 / 300 97 30
dokpe [at] unifr.ch - Swiss University