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Search plan

In order to really find what you are looking for, it is important to start with a search plan. In this plan you define what you are looking for, which search terms you will be using and where you will search. In this document you will also note the results and how to improve your search plan consequently.

Read more about setting up a search plan in the module Making a search plan in TUlib, our online reference about searching and finding scientific information.

1. Books

Books provide

  • a first introduction to a subject, with all relevant basic information together
  • a good, complete overview of a subject
  • a collection of contribution about a subject, put together and organised by an expert editor.

How and where to find the right books?

For finding books you use WorldCat Discovery.

WorldCat is an online cooperation of libraries from all over the world, in which you can search in their collections. WorldCat Discovery of TU Delft Library is part of this.

  • Search for words in the title, authors, subject or ISBN
  • Use the menu on the left to reduce your search results, for example:

    • Only publications available at TU Delft Library
    • Only publications available at Dutch libraries
    • Only books
    • Only printed books
    • Only e-books

  • Click on a title to see where a book is located and request it, or in the cases of an e-book, to open it. 

Would you like to make copies of a book that is not on loan? We are happy to make a copy or scan for you. Even when an article or book is not in our collection, in most cases we can arrange a copy or scan from a collection from another library. The documents are sent to you by email (pdf) or by post (print). More information on document delivery

The treasury holds historical books, journals, maps pictures and prints from before 1900. These items are too valuable and vulnerable to be on loan. However, it is possibe to examine them and make copies together with the curator. Viewing days are every Friday from 9:00 to 16:00, by appointment only.

Make an appointment via Ask Your Library, our customer service, stating:

  • the requested time
  • the location code of the item you would like to examine
  • in case of journals: edition or year of publication 

Location codes
The location codes of documents can be found in the Library in catalogue. Location codes for the Treasury can be recognised by the prefix TR. For example:

  • TR 3024359
  • TRT 052 (journal)
  • TRK 9100 A 01 (maps)
  • TRG 9301 A 01 (extra large books)

For more information and instruction videos about searching in WorldCat Discovery, please go to the Resources module in TUlib, our online reference for searching and finding scientific information.




2. Articles in journals

Articles provide

  • Recent research results
  • A complete overview of the state of affairs around the research in a particular field, including descriptions and comparisons of recent publications (review article)

How and where do you find journals?

Articles in journals can partly be found in WorldCat Discovery, but to be able to find the full range we recommend using an article database.

An article database contains descriptions of articles in journals with a direct link to the article where possible.

General or multidisciplinary databases can be used for all research fields. Examples of are:

For a comparison between Scopus, WorldCat Discovery and Google Scholar and an instruction video about searching in Scopus, please go to the Resources module in TUlib, our online reference for searching and finding scientific information.

Field specific databases are not handy for everyone, but usually deliver good results for a particular research field. Examples are:

Consult the Information per faculty for the best databases in your field. Or consult the A-Z list for an overview of all available databases.

  • Search in a database by subject, title or author.
  • If the Delft Library has a subscription to a journal, you can click on the article to open or save it.
  • If the TU Delft Library does not have a subscription on the journal, you can send in an order form  for the article via document requests and put in a request for an article. It will be ordered at another national or international library. 


If you are not looking for a specific subject or author, but want to read a particular journal in its entirity, you can of course search by journal. This works the same as searching for books (see above), except now you filter the result by:


    • Only journals
    • Only e-journals
      3. Conference papers

      Conference papers provide

      • Recent research results, sometimes less detailed than in a journal
      • Promising ideas which are being researched

      How and where to find conference papers?

      Conference papers can be found the same way as articles in article databases, except now filter on “conference papers”.

      4. Maps

      Maps provide

      • voor fysiek en digitaal kaartmateriaal, voor gebruik in onderwijs en onderzoek.

      How and where to find conference papers?

      For digital maps please go to the website of the Map Room.

      For consulting physical maps please visit the Map Room at the Faculty of Architecture.

      5. Other resources

      There are various other sources of information, such as patents, standards, legislation, statistics, which will provide

      • Input for education and research purposes

      How and where can I find this information?

      Information such as patents, standards, statistics, legislation, and news can also be found in databases, but not in the article databases. These databases all have their own rules and search options. We recommend to consult their Help-page, when using the database for the first time.

      Information typeDatabase
      PatentDerwent Innovation Index
      • Search for keyword, International Patent Classification or (more specific) Derwent codes
      • Analyses on search results
      • Search for keyword or International Patent Classification
      StandardsNEN Connect
      • Dutch and international standards that apply in the Netherlands
      • Partly full text
      • International standards
      • No full text
      StatisticsCBS Statline
      • Statistics by Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS - Statistics Netherlands)
      • Freely accessible
      LegilationKluwer Navigator
      • Search for case law, legislation and legal literature
      SDU OpMaat
      • Search for case law, legislation and European directives
      NewsGoogle News
      • A special news database that only searches in news sources

      Information from the TU Delft

      6. Materials from before 1900 - Trésor

      Where to view materials from before 1900?

      • The Trésor includes historic books, journals, maps, photographs and prints from before 1900. Their age, rarity, value or vulnerability is what makes them special. The Trésor also collects TU Delft output that is not usually included in academic journals, like speeches, dissertations and lecture notes. 


      7. Objects - museum collection

      What can you find in the museum collection?

      • The museum collection is a legacy of instruments and other memorabilia from education and research. These include measuring equipment, lecture materials, demonstration equipment, research collections as well as art and documentary collections (film and photography). The collections include approximately 8000 items. They provide a picture of the history of research and education at TU Delft. These items can be used for exhibitions within and beyond TU Delft.

      How and where?

      If you would like to use items from the museum collection (for exhibitions or photography), please contact the Library.


      8. Historical technical drawings and image archive

      This repository provides: 

      • historical documents of TU Delft, including scans of technical drawings by Delft students between 1920 and 1946.

      How and where?