Guide to searching information


Search from a shared catalogue of the largest Estonian libraries

  • ONLINE CATALOGUE ESTER is the shared catalogue of the largest Estonian libraries. It enables to search the books, periodicals, sheet music, sound recordings, e-ressourses, etc in the libraries.
    • To find the sources in the EMU library, choose on the ESTER homepage Library of Estonian University of Life Sciences instead of Entire Collection.
    • For discovering all e-books purchased by EMU, type the keywords „EMÜR e-raamatud“ to the search box.
    • You can find a more detailed introduction in the User Guide of the online catalogue ESTER.

Findings of EMU e-resources

  • Access to databases and periodicals (purchased by the library) is possible in three different ways: a) you must be on the EMU campus (look at the databases list in Databases), b) set up an OpenVPN service to your computer, or c) in some cases access with passwords (look more details in Remote access to e-resources).


  • There are two search engines for comprehensive searching of EMU e-resources:


  • EBSCO Discovery Service is a comprehensive search engine that enables collaborative searches in databases purchased for EMU and open access scientific journals. In addition, sources are also sought in the digital archive EMU Dspace.
  • Full Text Finder is a publication search service that enables you to check the availability of a specific e-journal or e-book. The service shows availability and accessibility of e-journals or e-books in the databases purchased for EMU.


Using EBSCO Discovery, Full Text Finder and BrowZine Library outside the EMU campus, set up an OpenVPN service to your computer. You can see more in Remote access to e-resources.

  • The digital archive EMU DSpace collects, maintains, and provides access to the EMU theses, publications, and research data created by members of EMU. The files are free to access. After the defense, the restriction of access to master’s, bachelor’s, and applied higher education’s theses is three months, unless otherwise stated.

Other search environments

  • DIGAR is the National Library of Estonia’s user environment, which is divided into two: the digital archive and the portal DIGAR Estonian Articles. The digital archive contains journals until 2016, e-books, graphics, and more that were published in Estonia. The portal DIGAR Estonian Articles includes journals and serials since 2017 and newspapers since 1821. The environment is updated daily. Users can access resources online, but there are also many sources with limited access. In that case, it is worth checking the information of the source, in which libraries or under what conditions the source is available in DIGAR.
  • ISE is a database of Estonian articles that contains entries of articles from newspapers, journals, serial publications, and anthologies published in Estonia until 2016. Some of these are also available online. Since 2017 the database is updated selectively. Newer publications are available in the portal DIGAR Estonian Articles.
  • ETERA is the digital library of TU Academic Library. It contains study materials, books, magazines, newspapers, theses defended in Tallinn University, and more. ETERA provides newspapers and research materials published during the Soviet period. The materials can be read online, but some sources do not have access outside the Tallinn University network.
  • E-varamu is a search environment that enables collaborative searches in the online catalog ESTER, Estonian articles database ISE, the digital archives of universities, and digitized collections of museums and archives.
  • The Estonian Subject Thesaurus (EMS) is a universal controlled vocabulary in Estonian for indexing and searching for sources using subjects. If you need help searching for sources, EMS helps you to find narrower, broader, and related subjects on the respective topic. In addition, EMS enables search terms by English equivalent.