Depending on what you are looking for, different strategies will help in your search.

You can search books and journals (including e-journals) in the research portal. E-books do not always appear in the catalog immediately, so you may sometimes also need to search on the relevant publisher’s website.

To find journal articles and essays, etc., you can try searching via the research portal. For a more comprehensive search, it is also advisable to search the different specialist databases.

Library catalogs


UZH/ZB research portal
The IKMZ library’s holdings are recorded in the search portal. This portal acts as a central point of access to search all holdings of the NEBIS network, which, in addition to the libraries at the University of Zurich, includes the Zurich central library and ETH library, as well as many other libraries of universities and research institutions in all language regions of Switzerland. The search portal also allows you to search ZORA (Zurich Open Repository and Archive) and the Primo Central Index article database (beta).
The full list of libraries in the network

ZORA – Zurich Open Repository and Archive
The database is open and globally accessible. It includes articles in scientific periodicals, book chapters, conference contributions, monographs, dissertations, postdoctoral research and editorships of scientific works. Researchers at the University of Zurich store their published scientific publications in ZORA.

Common querying of the stock of the Swiss university libraries, the Swiss National Library, numerous cantonal libraries and other institutions.


KVK – Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog
Simultaneous searching of the most important Swiss and international catalogs.


EZB – Electronic Journals Library
The range of electronic periodicals held at the University of Zurich. Here, you can access licensed and freely-available electronic periodicals. If you are searching by topic, please use the University of Zurich’s databases.

Swiss Periodicals Portal (SZP)
Details of the periodicals held by Swiss libraries.


Relevant databases 

Directly access to the relevant databases dealing with the subject of communication science and media research by restricting the topic to «Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft». Suitable for searching by individual periodical articles.

The Factiva database is maintained by Dow Jones. Using this database, you can access the full text of several thousand newspapers, periodicals, trade publications and press agencies from all around the world. In addition, it offers extensive company information, analysts’ reports, financial and market data as well as selected web and blog content.

ProQuest Central
The online index offers specialized periodicals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. This database contains information on more than 160 topic areas.

SciVerse Scopus
This multidisciplinary database of abstracts and citations for scientific literature from the Elsevier publishing house is the largest of its kind. Content is analyzed from around 19,500 periodicals – including open access periodicals –, from more than 5,000 international publishers as well as conference contributions, book series, scientific websites and patents. Direct access to the full text is available for those periodicals licensed by the University of Zurich.