Instructions and useful links to online information sources
With COBISS+, you can browse through both your local library’s catalogue, as well as catalogues of other higher education, specialized or general libraries, including the National and University Library.
You can reserve materials by logging into your My COBISS (My Library) profile. If you do not have a password, have forgotten it or found it does not work, visit your library or write to us at our e-mail address.
UL students can borrow materials with no added fees from any higher education library within the University of Ljubljana, the Central Technical Library (CTK) or the National and University Library (NUK).
The remote access service allows members of UL, NUK and CTK libraries to access subscription-based information resources from any location and at any time. The service is available to all active members of our library, faculty staff and students alike.
To access the service, users must log in using a password and the number found on their library membership card. The password is the same as the one used for My COBISS (My Library), used to reserve, review and renew borrowed materials in the COBISS system. If you do not have a password, have forgotten it or found it does not work, visit your library or write to us at our e-mail address.
UL students and staff can also use their UL digital identity to log in. In order to do so, click on the button “AAI Prijava” on the red application form.
Both login methods are used to verify the user’s identity and establish access to a particular collection or source. Which sources a user can access depends on their identity (whether they are a student or member of staff at UL, a student or employee from another university, etc.) and licensing conditions.
Electronic Access to Publications
Some of the journals available at our library can also be accessed online, through open or remote access (instructions). Here are their links:
Electronic Information Sources
Here are a few subscription-based sources from humanities, social sciences, technology, and other branches of science, which can come in handy during studies, research, or when writing your final thesis. To find even more online sources, use the Mrežnik service at NUK.
DiKUL offers access to subscription-based sources, such as e-books, lexicons, specialized data bases, scientific and professional papers, audiovisual materials, etc.
The University of Ljubljana Repository facilitates the collection, storage and access to digital forms of bachelor’s and master’s theses, and doctoral dissertations, as well as other submissions written by the university staff, along with their research data.
The dLib.si portal hosts both digitized content, as well as materials that are made exclusively for digital consumption. Materials that are digitized is necessarily older due to Slovenian copyright legislation (content written before 1945). It comprises a sizable collection of books, newspapers and magazines, photographs, manuscripts, musical notations, and other cultural treasures preserved by Slovenian libraries. Materials already made for the digital environment, on the other hand, consist of a large number of modern scientific and other serial publications. An increasing share of the materials also includes e-books from Slovenian publishers. You can use the portal to access the archives of the following publications: AB, Anthropos, Ars et Humanitas, ČKZ, Dialogi, Grafičar, Kino, Poligrafi … or books from the publisher KUD Logos, and more.
The Digital Library of the University of Maribor (DKUM) is the institutional repository of the University of Maribor. It offers open access to scientific-research, professional and other materials, as well as scientific data, all of which stem from the research and pedagogical activities of the university. DKUM hosts materials from all member faculties of the University of Maribor. Aside from bachelor’s and master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and other student works, the library also contains reviewed publications from co-financed projects, electronic higher education textbooks, learning materials, and other works whose authors are either employed at the University of Maribor, or whose publisher is the university.
Iconda is a browser for scientific and professional publications in the fields of architecture and urban planning. It offers bibliographic information, including abstracts, on articles from more than 1,000 scientific and professional journals, conference contributions, books, research reports, dissertations, etc.
The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals collection contains bibliographic information and abstracts of more than 700 American and international professional and scientific journals, as well as from numerous other publications, such as newsletters and catalogues of professional associations. Thematically, these publications cover the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, interior equipment and design, as well as the preservation of architectural heritage. Its extensive collection of records on deceased famous architects, comprising more than 13,000 items, serves also as an invaluable source of biographical information. It encapsulates history from 1934 onward, with some titles dating even further back, to the beginnings of their publication (for example, American Architect, which was first published in 1876). Where permitted by the publisher, full texts of articles are also available.
The Grove Dictionary of Art is a fundamental encyclopedia of art: painting, sculpture, architecture, as well as decorative arts such as ceramics, glass, interior design, etc. It contains more than 30,000 articles (20,000 biographies) on artists, movements, techniques, theories, cities, countries, historical periods, etc. In addition, it includes 40,000 pictures (under “diagrams” in an article). Each article is equipped with bibliographic references for further, more in-depth research, and with links to select websites.
eBook Collection from EBSCOHost stores more than 180,000 e-books from the fields of humanities, social sciences, medicine, natural sciences, technologies, as well as architecture. Most books can be borrowed using a mobile device (tablets, ebook readers and/or smartphones). The majority has no limit on the number of concurrent readers. The collection is also fully integrated into the mEga iskalnik NUK browser, which makes searching for specific titles much easier.
De Gruyter Online is an information source that provides full access to the De Gruyter Complete eJournals Collection. The latter includes a great number of scientific and professional journals (including more than 100 in open access), as well as the De Gruyter eBooks Collection (EBA – All eBooks Collection), which offers more than 100,000 scholarly and professional books, published by more than 40 renowned publishers (e.g. NY University Press, De Gruyter, Harvard University Press). The books cover a wide range of fields: humanities and social sciences, as well as natural sciences, technology, and medicine. This also includes architectural topics; for instance, the collection hosts books from the publisher Birkhäuser. All books are downloadable as PDFs or, less frequently, EPUBs.
JSTOR (Journal Storage) is an archive designed for searching and reading full articles from more than 1,700 academic journals in various fields: anthropology, music, education, linguistics, literary theory, mathematics, natural sciences, political science, law, sociology, art and art history, history, and more. Special emphasis is put on older issues, and so most journals can be traced back to the beginnings of their publication. On the other hand, however, newer issues and volumes are typically harder to come by. The access ban ranges on average between 2 and 3 years.
The ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global (PQDT) database is designed for browsing, reading and implementing the content of master’s theses and doctoral dissertations from all across the globe, and which date as far back as 1861. Among others, this includes works in the fields of architecture and urbanism. For most titles added after 1997, their full texts have been made available. With older publications, only bibliographic information is accessible, with abstracts sometimes also included. Where possible, users can access a 24-page-long preview of the thesis or dissertation.
DOAJ is a browser for scientific journals and articles published therein. It offers access to the full texts of articles from over 11,500 scientific and professional open access journals. Users can search by title, subject, specific words from bibliographic records of journals, as well as by the bibliographic information: author name, title, abstract, keywords, etc. The available journals include the Croatian Prostor, Dutch Footprint, and the Slovenian AR/Arhitektura, Raziskave and Igra ustvarjalnosti.
The SpringerLink collection is designed for searching, reading and assessing scientific literature in biomedical, natural and technical sciences, business, economics, humanities, psychology, sociology, law, etc. It offers access to the entirety of scientific and professional journals, scientific books, as well as reference works (encyclopedias, handbooks) from various publishers affiliated with the Springer Science+Business Media group and its backbone, the publishing houses Springer-Verlag and Verlag Kluwer Academic Publishers. Among other works offered here, you can find the book Sustainable Technologies for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (Sašo Medved et al.)
The Wiley Interscience collection has been designed for browsing and reading scientific and professional articles from natural sciences, medicine, chemistry, physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, construction, economics, etc. For the most part, only articles published after 1996 are available in their entirety. The collection also includes new articles published in the journal Architectural Design.
Academic Search Complete is considered one of the largest multidisciplinary collections. It is intended for scouring professional and scientific literature, and reading articles from a multitude of scientific fields, namely humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and technology. Aside from scientific literature, it also holds items that cover current events from the world of politics, economic, culture, technology, entertainment, etc. The collection also includes the journals Architectural Record and Architectural Review.
The Taylor and Francis Online collection can be used to browse and read full-text articles from more than 2,000 scientific and professional electronic publications. Journals cover the fields of library and information sciences, economics, veterinary medicine, religion, art, construction, architecture, political science, education, biology, psychology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, etc. Full texts are mostly limited to articles published after 1997.
The Scopus information service facilitates browsing across a multidisciplinary bibliographic database with citation indices. It is primarily designed for educators and researchers.
The Web of Science information service provides access to multiple multidisciplinary bibliographic databases with citation indices: Science Citation Index Expanded® (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index® (SSCI) and Arts & Humanities Citation Index® (A&HCI). It is primarily designed for educators and researchers.