Database of the week

Week 28

  • Espacenet : Access to more than 80 million patent publications from 90 countries

In the database Espacenet you will find a large part of the worldwide patent documents, more than 90 million from more than 90 countries. These documents describe the technique of inventions. You will also find the names of inventors and companies involved in this field. It is made available by the European Patent Organisation (EPO) through the European Patent Office (EPO) and the national offices of the Member States.

Espacenet has an advanced search engine. It can be searched by terms, classification code, publication or request number or date. But also by inventor or applicant. Look for more search tips in the manual.

Would you like to know which patents TU Delft has applied for? 'technical university delft' or 'tu delft' and database Worldwide (Incl. the Netherlands)

Or do you want to know which ones have only been applied for in the Netherlands?

'technical university delft' or 'tu delft' and database NL-Dutch Patent publications. 

  • Social Services Abstracts : International database about social work and welfare

Are you looking for scientific articles about multi-problem (families), specifically in the Dutch situation? Then you can also take a look at "Social Services Abstracts" by ProQuest.

Search for example: multiproblem* OR "multiple problems" , in all fields ("Anywhere"). Then refine (via the options on the left of the screen) on "Location": Netherlands. Then 6 articles are the result.

You can extend your search to the other ten (!) Proquest databases in the sociological and educational field at once. This can be done via the option "Change databases" (on the dark green bar at the top). Then tick "Social Sciences Premium Collection" -> "Use selected databases".

In the next search screen click on the option "Result page options" -> "Exclude duplicate documents" -> "Search".

With the same search and refinement as above, you'll end up with 33 mostly fulltext articles.

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