The searchbox above will take you to Oria, the new discovery tool. Oria will help you discover most of our collection, as well as items from outside the UNIS Library. For a more complete search make sure to also check our other databases.


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The UNIS Library e-resource collection

The UNIS Library offers subscription access to many online resources dealing with Svalbard, Arctic regions, and subject areas relevant to the research done at UNIS. Access to UNIS’ subscribed databases and full text journals is based on your IP-address. To gain access to our e-resources you need to be on a UNIS computer or logged in to EduRoam via your UNIS account. You can also gain access to our subscriptions via VPN.

The UNIS catalogue and discovery tools

Oria Oria is a discovery tool that allows you to search in the Norwegian academic libraries’ resources, books, articles, journals, music, films and electronic resources etc. Note that students and staff at UNIS do not have accounts in Oria at this time, and any accounts you might have with the mainland universitites will not work for requesting literature from the UNIS Library. All requests should be sent to instead.
Oria Journal Search A complete list of journals UNIS is subscribed to.

Subscribed bibliographic databases

Arctic & Antarctic Regions Index to articles, books etc. on cold regions and polar areas. Especially comprehensive on documents published before 2009.
GeoRef Geological indexing. Can be accessed either from Elsevier (Engineering Village) or GeoScienceWorld.
SciFinderⁿ Index to chemistry (environmental chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry etc.). Not only references, also tools for substances, properties, reactions. Please register with your UNIS e-mail before you start searching the first time. Also, check out the useful guides (no login needed).
Scopus Scopus is a citation and abstract database with direct links to full text. It covers all subjects in science.

Can’t access a resource?

A quick checklist for common issues:

  1. Are you located on a UNIS IP, or connected to UNIS via VPN?
  2. Is the article you’re trying to access covered by UNIS’ subscription, and by our coverage range?
  3. Are you trying to access a type of material we are not subscribed to? For example, are you trying to view an e-book from a platform where we are only subscribed to journal articles?

If you still cannot access any resources after correcting for the points above, there may be a problem with the publisher failing to recognize your right to access the materials. Please send us an email at so we can investigate the issue and help you get access to the material you need.

Terms for accessing licensed full text

The access is limited to users at UNIS. The articles can be printed or saved solely for private use, or for research purposes. You are not allowed to pass articles (as files or prints) to a third party. Systematic downloading of articles or search results is prohibited.

Full text packages

Note: Coverage may vary for each journal in the package. You can get exact coverage dates by looking up the journal in Oria.

ACS 38 journals/resources from the American Chemical Society – from 1996 till present time.
BioOne Around 70 journals mainly covering biology, from 2001 till present time.
DOAJ Directory of open access journals. Tens of thousands of journals.
GeoScienceWorld 47 full text journals within geology.
JSTOR Life Sciences Collection, more than 160 backfile journal titles + Arts & Sciences II, about 197 backfile titles within geography etc.
Lyell Collection 12 journals/book series from The Geological Society of London.
NORA Norwegian Open Research Archives. Search through all Open Access institutional archives in Norway.
ScienceDirect About 2200 journals from Elsevier, Pergamon and Academic Press, from 1995 till present time. Backfiles (access from vol 1) of about 100 journals within earth and planetary sciences – also with supplements.
SpringerLink Over 2200 journals, included backfiles.
Wiley Online Library 1600+ titles within science, technology and medicine from 1997 till present time.

Individual journal subscriptions

Arctic Full coverage. Journal of the Arctic Institute of North America.
Geografiska annaler. Series A, Physical Geography Full coverage.
The Holocene Full coverage.
ICES journal of marine science Coverage from 1996.
The Isme Journal Full coverage. Nature journal within microbial ecology.
Journal of applied meteorology and climatology Full Coverage. Journal from the American Meteorological Society.
Journal of climate Full Coverage. Journal from the American Meteorological Society.
The journal of geology Coverage from 1997. Older issues from 1893-1925 also available for free.
Journal of marine research Coverage from 1983.
Journal of physical oceanography Full Coverage. Journal from the American Meteorological Society.
Journal of plankton research Coverage from 1996.
Journal of the atmospheric sciences Full Coverage. Journal from the American Meteorological Society.
Nature Coverage from 2009.
Nature Climate Change Coverage from 2014. Precedes (Nature Reports: Climate Change) from 2007-2010 also available for free.
Nature Geoscience Coverage from 2012.
Norsk geografisk tidsskrift / Norwegian journal of geography Full coverage.
Physics today Full coverage.
Polar geography Coverage from 1995.
Polar record Coverage from 1998.
Science Coverage from October 1996. Older backfiles can be found at JSTOR.

Data repositories is a global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. It presents repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions. promotes a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data. The registry went live in autumn 2012 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). is a national registry of data repositories in Norway, as well as a repository in it’s own. Contains mostly open government data from the public sector made available in such a format that furthers use in new contexts. Data can be anything from simple lists and tables in documents and reports to sophisticated databases with information from several of the agency’s computer systems.
Open Polar Open Polar is a service developed by UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and the Norwegian Polar Institute. It is an Open Access portal for research data and publications on the Arctic and Antarctic.

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