Natural sciences

The University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Mathematics and Science has four disciplines: Biological and Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and Statistics. In these disciplines the data creation is theoretical, hierarchical and cumulative, and the target of research is to find general regularities. The publication culture is based on scientific articles published in scholarly journals. The JYU Library offers a large amount of journals, databases and other tools for information retrieval in the branches of sciences. At Jyväskylä University Library, printed works are housed in Lähde-library, electronic resources can be accessed via the JYKDOK collection database. To learn how to use the information resources efficiently, attend the hands-on Library Courses, or consult the Library Tutorial.

JYKDOK collection database

The JYKDOK database consists of several indexes. The two most important are:

  • Library's collections, the default index, contains information on books, journals and theses etc. in the collections of Jyväskylä University Library and University departments. Search types are the Basic Search and the Advanced Search. The call number of a result record shows the name of the collection and the headword according to which the book or journal is on the shelf. The headword may be the name of the author or the title of the book. In the JYKDOK database you can 1) check the availability of the material, 2) check your own loans and reservations or requests, 3) renew your loans, 4) place a reservation on a book which is out on loan, or 5) request a book or journal from the closed stacks. More about loans and borrowing.
  • Via international articles search you have access to a variety of information resources, such as databases and e-journals from a variety of publishers and data vendors. Search types are the Basic Search and the Advanced Search. When available, the full text of an article etc. is linked in the search result record.

Electronic resources

Electronic collections available at Jyväskylä University can be accessed via the JYKDOK collection database. JYKDOK and is an information retrieval system which provides end users with access to a variety of information resources, such as databases, library catalogues, e-journals and e-books. When you are using JYKDOK on a computer connected to the Jyväskylä University network, you have access rights to almost all the electronic resources avaliable in JYU. For remote access to the e-material you have to have university's user account. More info about remote access.


Consult JYKDOK-catalogue to find books. JYKDOK contains both info on printed books and access to available e-books.

Printed books

At the beginning of studies, emphasis in the use of literature will be on the course books mentioned in degree requirements. They are housed in the Lähde-library. Course books in all subjects are in one alphabetically arranged collection. Short loan copies may be checked out as overnight or weekend loans.

Other than course books there are subject collections in mathematics and natural sciences at the Lähde-library.

Electronic books

Electronic books available at Jyväskylä University can be accessed via JYKDOK. For remote access to the e-materials you have to have an university user account. Instructions for remote access.

Graduate theses

Graduate theses approved by the Faculty of Mathematics and Science and published before 2005 are archived at separate location and can be requested for reading room use. Since 2005 most theses are published online, and can be found via JYKDOK and also via the JYX Archive.


Electronic journals

Electronic journals available at Jyväskylä University can be accessed either via JYKDOK Basic search > Journals. Most journals can be accessed without a password only from computers in the University network. For remote access to the e-material you have to have university's user account. Instructions for remote access.

Open Access journals can be accessed everywhere. Eg. DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

Printed journals

Some printed journals can still be found in the Lähde-library. Check JYKDOK to see the location and availability of a printed journal.


At Jyväskylä University, students and staff have access to dozens of databases in various fields on natural sciences. Well-represented subject fields include biological and environmental sciences and chemistry. The databases can be accessed via JYKDOK. Search for a database either individually or by subject category; see JYKDOK Help.

Most of the available databases are reference databases, which contain references to the actual documents. Most of the databases contain references with links to full-text articles.

Multidisciplinary Databases and Search tools

Biological and Environmental Sciences  - Subject Specific Databases

Chemistry - Subject Specific Databases

Mathematics and Statistics - Subject Specific Databases

Physics - Subject Specific Databases

Dictionaries, reference works

The multi-lingual and multi-disciplinary MOT dictionaries (JYKDOK), the Oxford English Dictionary (JYKDOK)Oxford Reference Online (JYKDOK), and Britannica Online (JYKDOK) among others, can be accessed via JYKDOK. Various reference works in natural sciences are available in printed form in the corresponding branch and departmental libraries.

Depository Collection Fennica

Jyväskylä University Library is one of Finland's depository libraries. The Library receives all material printed in Finland. This material constitutes the Legal Deposit Collection which is housed in the Library's closed stacks, but the material may be ordered for use in reading rooms via JYKDOK > login.

Managing references

Zotero is a free bibliography and database manager. It allows users to create their own personal database by uploading pdf-files or importing references from text files or online databases. The references can be used in writing papers and automatically formatting the bibliography for manuscripts.

Education and Information services

Open Science Education services provide user education and guidance in information retrieval. Contact person: Matti Rajahonka