Engineering and Computer Science Library Biel/Bienne
The Engineering and Computer Science Library in Biel is part of the BFH library and a member of the Swiss Library Service Platform SLSP/swisscovery. It is open to the public.
for all members of the School of Engineering and Computer Science in Biel with BFHcard around the clock.
Christmas/New Year: Sat., 23.12.2023 – Sun., 7.01.2024
swisscovery is the national search platform of academic libraries in Switzerland.
In our short course you will learn ...
- ... how to use swisscovery efficiently
- ... how to borrow books and how to download e-books.
- Tuesday, 26 September, 5 pm (English)
- Thursday, 28 September, 12 noon (German)
- Wednesday, 25 October, 5 pm (German)
- Monday, 30 October, 5 pm (French)
- Tuesday, 21 November, 12 noon (German)
- Friday, 15 December, 12 noon (French)
- Wednesday, 20 December, 12 noon (German)
- Thursday, 18 January, 12 noon (German)
- Monday, 19 February, 5 pm (German)
- Tuesday 20 February, 12 noon (French)
- Wednesday, 20 March, 12 noon (German)
- Tuesday, 23 April, 5 pm (German)
- Friday, 17 May, 12 noon (German)
- Tuesday, 21 May, 12 noon (French)
- Wednesday, 19 June, 12 noon (German)
Info on the short courses
- Duration: 30 minutes
- Registration: not necessary
- The short training sessions will take place via MS Teams.
Contact us if you would like to have a short course on a different date or in English.
Note on data protection
You can participate in the training, which takes place virtually via MS Teams, using the link above. Only your dial-in and registration data will be transmitted via MS Teams. Sound and image data will only be processed if you allow this in your settings (microphone, camera). The Bern University of Applied Sciences does not store any personal data that can be seen from the event; in particular, no recording is made. In addition, the BFH has chosen MS Teams, a program for which compliance with the standards required by data protection law is assured. The responsibility for the operation of the software lies with the provider. Details on the processing of personal data can be found in the provider's data protection information. By participating, you consent to the processing of your personal data.
Are you looking for information about a specific topic? Do you need help with your research? Would you like to find out about the (online) resources available in your subject area?
With us you will find literature on
- Automotive engineering
- Data Engineering
- Electrical engineering and information technology
- Computer Science
- Medical Informatics
- Mechanical engineering
- Mechatronics and systems engineering
- Industrial engineering and management science
- Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Business and Communication
The electronic media or online resources are accessible to students and employees of the BFH in the BFH network, i.e. in the WLAN bfh or via VPN. For other visitors, they are available at the research stations in the library.
- 40 workspaces
- 2 PC workspaces
- Daily newspapers, weekly press
- Multifunctional device: printer, copier, scanner
The collections of the BFH Library (books, periodicals, DVDs, etc.; except for the library of the Abegg Foundation) can be searched using swisscovery.bfh.ch
We welcome suggestions for new purchases. Send us as much information as possible (author, title, publisher, ISBN) and your user number via email.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is the recognised regional standards body in Europe for telecommunications, broadcasting and other electronic communications networks and services. It develops worldwide standards in these areas and supports European regulations and legislation by creating harmonised European standards.
The standards are available free of charge and can be downloaded as PDFs.
IEEE standards are international technical standards for electrical engineering, electronics, information and communication technology and computer science.
Successor solution to the e-Norm database. In addition to references, it contains the full texts of all ISO standards as well as current Swiss standards:
- INB Interdisciplinary standards section (SNV)
The full texts can be saved and printed as PDF. They may not be passed on to third parties. Log in with your SWITCH edu-ID.
SNV-Connect also offers the Standards compendium 2022 (read only).
Standards of the Swiss association of road and transportation experts.
Students can register free of charge (Mitgliedschaft für Einzelpersonen > Beitrittsgesuch). This gives them access to the complete digital body of VSS standards and publications.
Literature search support
The browser extension Lean Library leads you directly to electronic full-text content offered by your BFH library.
Download Lean Library
- Open leanlibrary.com/download
- Install browser extension
- Select the library: Berner Fachhochschule
- Begin your search for academic literature. The Lean Library pop-ups lead directly to the full-text.
For best results, always activate the VPN.
Lean Library is available for
- Microsoft Edge
Use on mobile devices:
iOS operating system from Apple: Academic Browser
Android from Google: under development
Try Lean Library after download
- If the article you are looking for can be found on different platforms, Lean Library will take you to where you have direct access. >> test link
- If the e-book you are looking for is offered by the BFH libraries, Lean Library will take you directly to the free download. >> test link
- If you need a password to access a source, Lean Library will inform you accordingly. >> test link
- If you wish to search the swisscovery library system using a specific search term, click on the desired search term with the right mouse button on any website and select "search@BFH".
Search directly in swisscovery with Lean Library
Lean Library enables you to initiate a search on the swisscovery search platform from any website:
- highlight one or more terms
- right-click with your mouse
- choose “Search@BFH” in the drop-down menu
- proceed to search in swisscovery
If you have any questions, contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Moodle course BFH Literature Search gives BFH students an introduction to researching scientific literature.
- Why Google is not enough
- From the research question to the search terms
- Scientific literature and its differences
- Tips for the search
You can decide based on various criteria whether or not you should use a resource when preparing your research paper. The following checklist provides a basis for decision making:
Depending on the type of publication, you can choose the appropriate search tool:
- You will find books and e-books using swisscovery. For e-books the section “Consult online” directs you to the full-text. The design of the button or link for downloading can vary greatly: “Full-text”, “PDF”, “Read”, etc.
- You can find periodical articles using specialized subject databases.
The periodicals themselves can be accessed via swisscovery if the database does not include the full-text (see the paragraph “Finding periodical articles”)
- The library also provides search tools for norms, images, statistics, newspapers, etc.
Always look for the “search@BFH” button. It often leads directly to the text you are searching for.
Install LeanLibrary, a browser extension, to support your research.
Activate your BFH VPN, even when using Google or Google scholar, for ex., as this can in some cases lead directly to the full-text.
Searching in Subject Databases
Journal articles can be found primarily in bibliographic subject databases. You will often find direct access to full-text PDFs here as well. Depending on the database, the design of the download buttons or links can vary greatly: «Full Text», «PDF», «Read», etc.
Sometimes the DOI or «digital object identifier» directs to the full-text.
Also pay attention to the «email@example.com» button, as this can also direct to full-text.
Finding journal article full-text
In some bibliographic databases you will find neither full-text access nor PDFs, only citations for the articles you need. In this case, go to the swisscovery search platform.
Search in swisscovery using the title of the journal instead of the title of the article. Then use «Tweak your results», go to the heading «Resource Type» and choose «Journals».
If the electronic version of the journal is available, you will be directed to the journal full-text by clicking on the “Available Online” link and you can then find and download the article PDF. In some cases, you may need to enter a password again (“Passwords”).
If the journal is only available in print, you can copy or scan the article at the library where it is located.
If the BFH Library does not have the journal you need in its collections, broaden your search to include all of swisscovery, i.e. all member libraries (drop-down menu next to the search box). You can often order the journal issue for loan.
Some swisscovery member libraries allow you to order copies or scans for a fee. Alternatively, use the service "Orders for Copies" of the University Library of Bern.
Members of BFH-TI and BFH-AHB can order article copies from our library. This applies to articles from journals that are not available online.
Please send us the details of the article you require (title, author(s), journal title, volume, number/issue, year, page reference via email.
Using reference management software you can
- enter your literature references,
- organize them,
- import references from swisscovery and specialised catalogues,
- export references into text documents.
In the Moodle course Literature Management, BFH students and employees receive instructions and training dates for the reference management software Zotero.
Writing is not a question of talent. Writing is a question of practice. Especially when it comes to writing scientific texts.
In the Moodle course "Schreiben – écrire – writing" BFH students can find instruction in the art of academic writing and helpful suggestions for getting started with the writing process. The course is intended to introduce you to the topic and can later be used for reference purposes, as needed.