Information Retrieval


There are many ways to use scientific information and data and keep up to date.

Alerts and eTocs

Almost all databases offer you the possibility to keep up to date with free alerts. As a rule, you have to register with the publisher, in some cases the e-mail address is sufficient. Depending on the database, you can set up alerts for topics, authors, research groups, keywords, citations, etc. We will be happy to advise you.

Almost all journals also offer free eToCs (electronic Table of Contents). Such an eToc not only informs you that a new issue of the journal has been published, but usually also shows you all articles in an overview with a hyperlink to the articles. You also have to register here. We will be happy to help you if necessary.

Alternatively, you can use the Browzine app to set up your personal digital journal library. Browzine is available free of charge at ETH Zurich.

Useful Link:Browzine

APIs of Database Publishers

Publishers sometimes allow using their database content in Your own external information systems via information retrieval tools through an API (Application Programming Interface). Thus, licensees are allowed to use data or data sets for their own analyses or processing. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Oliver Renn.

Data Sets

Beside the use of database content through APIs some publishers offer the possibility – depending on the license agreement – of receiving single and highly selected data sets that can be used independently or processed in your own systems. If you are interested please contact Dr. Oliver Renn.