Find your way in our collections

TU Delft Library offers access to many different types of information. Some information is mainly intended for students, staff and guests of TU Delft, and is therefore only available on the TU Delft campus or with a campus card or NetID.

Other information is produced by TU Delft students and staff, and is generally directly available online for everyone.

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. 

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. Please refer to the price list for document requests.


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