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What is Libsearch?

Libsearch enables you to search simultaneously in almost everything in the library’s databases – books, journal articles, e-books etc. You can search the library’s electronic and physical material.

You can find out which of our databases are searchable in Libguides in Databases A-Z

In Libsearch you search and find online material and library books as default. You can easily expand your search to include other material if you uncheck the limiter ”Electronic and printed material via the library”

Search and reserve the library's books

In Libsearch you can narrow your search to the library’s printed and electronic books – choose "Library books and e-books" to the left below Limit To.

To reserve - click on Place a hold.

Off campus access

For off campus access - run a search and log in at the top of the Libsearch webpage: 
Student or staff at Malmö University – login for online access

Libsearch inlogg

Search tips

Use quotation marks (“”) around your search terms if searching for the title of an article or a name, for instance, to avoid results where the words do not appear together. For example, “Migration, human rights, and health” or “Abraham Lincoln”.

If you want to search for different variations on a word, add an asterisk (*) at the end of the word (truncation).
Child* gets hits for child, children, children’s, etc.

Use a question mark (?) to search for alternative spellings.
Organi?ation gets hits for both organisation and organization.

In Libsearch you can search using AND, OR, NOT, which must be typed in CAPITALS. A space will be interpreted as you having written AND.

Narrowing your search

Searches in Libsearch tend to produce a lot of hits. You can easily narrow down your search gradually on the left-hand side, for instance, to scholarly journal articles, a period of time, a specific language or search term.

Save results

If you want to save results or searches, you sign in (and create account) to Ebscohost via the link Ebsco account to the right at the top of the Libsearch page. 

Copy references 

In Libsearch you find the reference by clicking on the book/article title, and then from the detailed record click Cite and copy the reference. 

For some references in Libsearch (Database: SwePub and Malmö University Library Catalogue) information about the authors are missing or wrong in the Cite-reference. Check the reference in case it’s not complete.

Persistent links

To save or share a link to a record in Libsearch, use the Permalink. 

  • Select the article or book title in the result list to open the Detailed record. 
  • Choose Permalink from the list of Tools.
  • The Permalink url will appear above the title.  


The Permalink is persistent as long as we have this search system. We recommend that you also save the reference (and article DOI).

Differences between Libsearch and Google Scholar?

Libsearch and Google Scholar are both search engines for searching large volumes of material. There is some overlap of content between these search tools, but there are also some differences, for example:

  • In Libsearch you can narrow your search to Scholarly and Peer Review.
  • In Libsearch you can narrow your search by type of publication.
  • In Libsearch you find the library's printed and electronic books.

Search in Libsearch or in a subject database?

Libsearch is a good place to start when you want to search for information about a subject you are unfamiliar with or when you need to find new angles of approach to a subject.

Libsearch is a complement to subject databases and library catalogues. If you need to perform a more in-depth subject search or a systematic search it is better to use a subject database or the library catalogue Libris. You can often perform quite advanced searches in subject databases, combining different searches and searching by keyword.

Last updated by Linda Trygg