Online searches – there's more than Google …

We'd like to give you a few tips here about how to do literature searches – both in the Iron Library and elsewhere.

Step 1

Search in IRONCAT


Start your search in IRONCAT, the Iron Library's online catalog. It's the most important tool for doing research in our Library's holdings and contains the titles of over 33,000 books, over 9,500 papers, over 850 periodicals and 30 online resources.

You can search by author and title but you can also do a search by subject using keywords to find what you're looking for. The LOTSE website has video tutorials that explain subject and keyword searches in detail (only in German, see link).

Have you found the literature you're looking for in IRONCAT? Here you'll find more information on the Library's on site services, lending, and interlibrary lending.

Step 2

Search in union catalogs


NEBIS is an online union catalog that gives you access to the holdings of various major libraries in Switzerland, including the ETH Library and the Zentralbibliothek Zurich.

We offer GF employees and users of the Iron Library interlibrary lending services from the NEBIS union catalog free of charge. Please contact us for further information.

Step 3

Search in meta-catalogs


You can use meta-catalogs to access larger sets of data or data pools tailored to special interests. Meta-catalogs are search engines that search through a large number of catalogs or union catalogs simultaneously.

KVK is a meta-catalog that allows you to search through several hundred million books, periodicals and other media in library and book trade catalogs worldwide.

Step 4

Search in specialized catalogs


If you are looking for literature on a special problem, it may help to do your search in special subject catalogs or databases. This is especially true if you are searching for periodical articles or "gray literature" (difficult-to-obtain literature not printed by a publisher).

Here is a selection connected with the Iron Library's subjects:

The TIB Hanover is the world's largest specialist library for technology and science, offering access to a stock of specialized research information that is unique worldwide.

We offer GF employees and users of the Iron Library interlibrary lending services from the TIB Hannover free of charge. Please contact us for further information.

The special subject catalog on the history of technology was updated until the end of 2015 by the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB). Its catalog of German and other language publications of all media types (166,000 titles) goes back to 1992.

BDGUSSLIT contains international literature on foundry science, technology and practice, with abstracts as of 1990. The database is temporarily not available (12/2016).

The Technology Information Center and Library in the Steel Institute VDEh provides various catalogs and databases on iron and steel. The Library's online catalog has records for over 70,000 books, over 90,000 periodical volumes plus gray literature.

Step 5

Use search engines


In addition to the major search engines like Google and Bing, various search and meta-search engines give you the edge in terms of data protection and/or quality of the search results.

On the right you'll see a small selection of such search and meta-search engines.


Video tutorials from LOTSE

If you'd like to be fully informed about strategies for doing literature searches, we recommend having a look at the video tutorials on the LOTSE website (only in German).