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Communication for development: Welcome to the library!

This is a brief introduction to the Library and its services, for more information check out the Library web. coffe
If you have questions or need help when seeking information, please send me or the library an email.

Linda Karlsson 
Communication for Development Liaison Librarian, Malmö University

Getting access

  • Always access the ebooks, journals and databases via the library web site, as the licensed material require off campus access authentication.
  • You use your computer identity for authentication and access to online resources. 
  • You need a library card to request and borrow printed books. You can get a library card at Orkanen Library, and the student multi card can also be registered as a library card.
  • If you are living in Sweden, but outside Malmö, you can order a library card online and get library books by post. 
  • If you live abroad and don't have a library card you can suggest new ebook titles or order article copies by sending an email to the library,


Some titles on the reading lists are available as library ebooks, for example Representations of Global Poverty: Aid, Development and International NGOs (Dogra, Nandita (2012)).

You find these ebooks in Libsearch, the library's search tool, alongside the printed versions. Search for a specific book title, or search any subject and limit to Source types > Books or Ebooks. More info on Libsearch

Example, book search in Libsearch:

libsearch ebook


You can read the ebooks online, and in most cases download the book or book chapters and read offline. Read more about how to download, copying and printing etc on the ebooks webpage. The library's largest ebook databases are: DawsoneraEbook Central and Ebsco eBook Collection

Journal articles

You search for journal articles in Libsearch. Refine your search to Scholarly and Peer Reviewed or Academic journal to filter out articles from scholarly journals. The default setting is limited to what's available at the Library, Online access and library books, but you can easily expand your search by changing the limiter.

You can also use Google Scholar to find articles from academic publishers and researchers. It’s a great alternative to Libsearch. Customize Google Scholar by adding the link to journals available at Malmö University: Google Scholar > Settings > Library Links > search for MAU > select and save Malm University - Full text@MAU 
Short film on Google Scholar 

Journals A-Z lists the library's journals. Search for a specific journal and check which years the library have access.

Databases A-Z lists the library's databases. Here you find subject specific databases such as Sociological Abstracts and major journal publishers for example SAGE and Taylor & Francis. You can start your search in one of these databases, it's an alternative to searching for journal articles in Google Scholar or Libsearch. 

Stay current with Browzine

Read the library's electronic journals on your phone, tablet or directly on the web. With Browzine you can browse the library's journals, collect your favorites, and save and read articles. App instructions: 

  • Download Browzine to your smartphone or tablet
  • Choose Malmö University under "Choose Library"
  • Sign in with your computer identity
  • Create your own Browzine account for saved articles and bookshelves

Search journals

Title, ISSN or subject keywords


Five tips on ebooks where you find definitions, theories and shorter texts on a topic.

And a few more tips

Writing references – how to copy references from Libsearch and Google Scholar

Microsoft Office – students at Malmö University have free access to Microsoft Office. You also have access to software such as Nvivo and SPSS.