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The mission of the Documentation Services of the University of Minho is to provide the university community with easy access to its available bibliographical resources, thus creating an ideal environmental to fulfill their informational, educational, and cultural needs.

Inherent in this mission the Documentation Services oversees to the proper organization and functioning of the university Libraries situated in Braga and Guimarães.

Furthermore the Documentation Services are also responsible for the accessibility and maintenance of the library catalogue: On-line Public Catalogue (OPAC) that houses the bibliographical references of all the documents available in the libraries of the University of Minho.

Bibliographical collection of the University of Minho

The bibliographical collection of the University of Minho is composed of monographs, periodicals and other documents, that are dispersed throughout the different libraries of the University of Minho (for more information consult: UM Libraries). Beyond the libraries referred below the University of Minho also possesses small specialized bibliographical collections housed in various University departmental libraries.

Currently all of the bibliographical references of the Libraries of the University of Minho are available in the library catalogue: On-line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) that grants users the opportunity to search the bibliographical collection as a whole or limit their search to a specific bibliographical collection or library.

  • General Library (BGUM) - houses the majority of the publications, covering all areas of knowledge. Includes a Special Collection Library, known as BRE, composed of publications elaborated by the University student body, researchers, faculty staff and lecturing staff; the bibliographical collection of all of the Primary Schools located in Braga and Guimarães that were regulated by the former Primary school educational system (for more information);

  • Library of the University of Minho in Guimarães (BPG) - houses a diverse bibliographical collection, specialized in the areas of Engineering, Populational history, Geography and Architecture (for more information);

  • Library of Science Education (BCE) - specializes in the areas of Science Education (for more information);

  • Library of Law of the University of Minho (BD) - specializes in the area of law (for more information);

  • Library Prof. Joaquim Pinto Machado (BPM) - specializes in the domains of Health Sciences (for more information);

  •  Library Nuno Portas (BNP) - specializes in the fields of architecture and urbanism (for more information);

  • Library Fernão Mendes Pinto (BFMP) - specializes in the fields of oriental languages and cultures (for more information);

  • Other libraries (for more information).


The libraries of the University of Minho administrated by the Documentation Services, offers its users the following services:

  • Open access to the general collection;
  • Wireless access to the university network and the Internet;
  • Loan service;
  • Inter-library loan and document supply;
  • Self-service photocopying, scanning and printing services;
  • Reference services;
  • Databases search assistance (by request);
  • RepositoriUM - Digital repository to collect, preserve and promote the visibility and accessibility of University of Minho´s intellectual output (research materials and scholarly publications in digital formats);
  • Library bibliographic catalogue;
  • All libraries have terminals providing free access to a number of information resources: OPAC, on-line databases, e-books, e-journals. Also available through UM network;
  • Library user training;
  • Library user guides;
  • Acquisitions service;
  • Video viewing facilities;
  • Special reading room (ALFA). This service offers blind and visually impaired users a wide range of audio-visual documents, specialized equipment and a variety of documents in Braille.

For further information consult the Services section in this website.

Documentation Services Website

The Documentation Services website offers users:

  • Easy access to the Library catalogue (composed of monographs, periodicals and other documents available at UM Libraries) as well as a number of on-line databases, electronic journals and other reference works;
  • The possibility to access his or her personal user account, and in doing so, being able to renew loans and make reservations of publications;
  • Consult the RepositoriUM - The University of Minho Institutional Repository;
  • Getting to know us and taking a virtual tour of the General Library and the Guimarães University library;
  • Consulting the Library Guides.

Information Search Services

The libraries of the University possess bibliographical reference research zones equipped with computers terminals which grant the users access to the library OPAC, to a number of online databases, e-journals and e-books.

>>  Portal b-on: search tool for scientific information, which facilitates simultaneous searching in various information resources subscribed through the National Consortium b-on.

>> Databases: access to a number of bibliographic reference and full-text databases, containing multidisciplinary and specialized content. Covers subscribed databases at UMinho, restricted to on campus usage, and selected open access resources freely available online.

>>  A-to-Z eJournals/eBooks: list of ebooks and ejournals titles available online in full text.

>> Online databases:

  • ABI/Inform Collection - specializing in economics and management;
  • Academic Search Complete - multidisciplinary database;
  • Business Search Complete - specializing in economics and management;
  • Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) - specializing in economics;
  • Colour Index International - reference work in the field of dyes, including data such as classifications, properties and constitution, main applications and vendors.
  • Communication Abstracts - reference database, specializing in communication;
  • Derwent Inovation Index – patents, from 1963-2012 (access via ISI Web of Knowledge).
  • EconLit Full text - specializing in economics;
  • ERIC - reference database, specializing in education;
  • HeinOnline Core Collection - brings together millions of digital pages about the legal history.
  • IBFD Tax Research Platform - resource in the field of international and comparative taxation - law, finances.
  • (ISI) Current Chemical Reactions e Index Chemicus - reference database, specializing in Chemistry (access via web of science);
  • (ISI) Current Contents - current awareness multidisciplinary database - reference database;
  • (ISI) Journal Citation Reports - a unique multidisciplinary database that presents quantifiable statistical data that provides a systematic, objective way to determine the relative importance of journals within their subject categories;
  • (ISI) Web of Science - reference database. It enables users to search current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from high impact research journals in the world. Web of Science also provides a unique search method, cited reference searching. Includes the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Conference Proceedings Citation Index (Science and Social Science & Humanities), Scielo Citation Index, Index Chemicus, Current Chemical Reactions, Derwent Inovation Index, Essential Science Indicators.
  • LexisNexis Academic - specializing in law;
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) - reference database, specializing in librarianship and information science;
  • Medline - reference database, specializing in health sciences (access via Web of Science);
  • NBER Working Papers - specializing in economics;
  • Political Science Complete - specializing in politics;
  • PsycInfo and PsyArticles - specializing in psychology;
  • Regional Business News - Database that provides access to the full text of more than 50 magazines and newspapers from all metropolitan and rural areas of the U.S.
  • Scopus - reference database. It enables users to search current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from high impact research journals in the world.
  • Translation Studies Bibliography - reference database specializing in translation and interpreting studies.
  • Worth Global Style NetWork - information service in design and fashion industry.
  • ZentrallBlatt Math Database - reference database, specializing in mathematics.

>> E-Journals Collections:

  • ACM (American Computer Machinery) - journals, magazines, transactions, proceedings of the ACM Digital Library.
  • ACS (American Chemical Society) - 34 journals, with temporal coverage variable.
  • AIP (American Institute of Physics) - 13 journals, since 2000.
  • Annual Reviews - 37 journals of review articles, since 1996.
  • APS - Physical Review Online Archive (PROLA) - Journal archive of the American Physical Society, with temporal coverage variable (except last 4 years).
  • Elsevier - 2059 journals (via ScienceDirect), since 1995.
  • Emerald - 137 journals in the fields of management and engineering, with temporal coverage variable.
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) – all publications (Journals & Magazines, Conference Proceedings e Current Standards), since 1988. Selected journals with archival access from 1950.
  • IOP (Institute of Physics Journals) - 36 journals, since 1995.
  • JSTOR (Arts & Science III and the Business collections) - journals archive, with temporal coverage variable.
  • Nature – access to the most recent 4 years.
  • RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) - 34 journals, with temporal coverage variable.
  • Sage (Sociology and Political Sciences collections) - 66 journals, since 1982.
  • SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) - 14 journals, since 1997.
  • Springer - 1871 journals, since 1997 and backfiles collection “Historical Journal Archives (OJA)”, 1832-1996 (via SpringerLink).
  • Taylor & Francis - 1205 journals, with temporal coverage variable.
  • Wiley - 454 journals, since 1997.

>> E-Books Collections and Reference:

  •  APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology - Vol.1:  Foundations, planning, measures, and psychometrics; Vol 2: Research designs: Quantitative, qualitative, neuropsychological, and biological; Vol 3: Data analysis and research publication.
  • Handbook of Translation Studies;
  • Infopédia - 24 dictionaries;
  • Wiley InterScience OnlineBooks - 75 handbooks (chemistry);
  • Springer – Collection Historical archives of ebooks (published in 1902-2004) and Collection Contemporary Ebooks (published in 2005-2008) and 3 collections of 2009 (Biomedical and Life Sciences, Computer Science e Earth and Environmental Science), totaling around 22.000 titles.

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