Search and writing assistance

Students with computers in the library.Here you can find information which is particularly useful for students who want general support with their academic studies. On the library website there is more information about other services and support offered by the library.

Select search tool

You will often have to try several different search tools before you get started properly with the search and begin to find relevant scholarly texts. Here are some tips on useful search tools to start with.


Via the library's search tool SöderScholar you can access amounts of texts: all our printed and electronic books and the articles and journals we subscribe to. Use the menu to the right of the search results to limit to, for example, "Articles from peer reviewed publications" or "Dissertations". To access all materials off campus, log in with your SH-credentials or RKH-credentials. Read more about SöderScholar.

By removing the setting "The library's print and electronic collections" in SöderScholar you can expand your search to include materials that we does not have direct access to. SöderScholar then works as a comprehensive search tool for academic materials similar to Google Scholar, for example.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches for academic materials on the web; articles, student essays, books, doctoral theses, reports and more. It is not possible to limit your search by publication type so remember to think critically. Some materials are available in fulltext. Log in with your SH-credentials or RKH-credentials via Other resources A-Z to access texts with the link Fulltext@SH.


Libris is Sweden's national catalog with information about books and doctoral theses at Swedish research libraries, among other things. In the menu to the right of the search results you can limit to "Theses". At the bottom of the page you will find which library has the book. Some are available in full text.


In SwePub you can search for articles, dissertations etc. published at forty Swedish universities and government agencies, including Södertörn University. It is possible to limit to different types of scholarly publications in the menu to the left of the search results. If the document is not available in full text, continue your search in Libris.

Subject-specific search tools

You may need to supplement or extend your search by using one of the library's many subject-specific search tools. These are available via Other resources A-Z. Use the menu to the right of the page to limit to search tools relevant to your subject area. Here are some examples of our search tools:    

  • Business Source Premier - Management, marketing and similar areas.
  • ERIC - Education, training and learning.   
  • Gender Studies Database - Gender studies.   
  • PsycINFO - Psychology, behavioral sciences and related fields.

How do you access our search tools?

  • SöderScholar is the big search box on the library website. To access all materials off campus, log in with your SH-credentials or RKH-credentials.
  • Our other search tools can be found via Other resources A-Z. Off campus, log in to access all search tools marked with a key symbol. Not all of them are available to both Södertörn University and The Swedish Red Cross University College.