There are many different sources to get information from. Think about what information you need and what sources might be useful. A good place to start your search is the Search bar on the library's website.
Chalmers' e-books are always available and can be read by many people at the same time. They can be reached from home if you have a Chalmers ID (CID). If you do not have a CID, you can read e-books on the library's public computers.
Different e-book platforms:
When you are about to start writing a thesis or have another task where you need to read up on the subject, it can be good to start with an encyclopedia to sort out terms and concepts. Wikipedia is a good start and today the facts are mostly correct. But keep in mind that a wikipedia article can have several different authors with different purposes and that information can be added or removed as you write your text. A wikipedia article is therefore not suitable as a reference, instead always look up the original source. AccessScience is a scientific encyclopedia in the fields of technology that is better used as a reference.
When you have learned the terms and concepts of the subject, it is time to search for scientific articles. Google Scholar is a free search engine that is included in the library's database list. Google Scholar searches the web and locates scholarly material. But in order to access the full text, you must be logged in to the Chalmers network or with your CID when you are off campus. If you are not logged in, you sometimes only access summaries or abstracts. Also keep in mind that anyone can upload material to Google Scholar and that it is not always peer-reviewed. It is also difficult to do deeper, more detailed searches so see Google Scholar as a supplement to searching the scientific databases we have listed below so as not to miss valuable information.
Another academic search engine is BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine, one of the world's most comprehensive search engines for academic material. It is maintained by the Universitätsbibliothek Bielefeld and searches for open access resources.
You can search for scientific articles in the Search bar on the library's website, limit to articles. Chalmers' library also has access to a large number of databases that you can search in. To find the most useful databases for your program, see the respective subject guide. In the tab Databases (to the right), we have listed some of the largest interdisciplinary databases.