Olav allows you to search the library catalogue and virtually every database, e-book and e-journal at FH Vorarlberg at the same time. The search engine searches through both printed materials and electronic content at once.


Content of the WISO database and Beltz Juventa e-books can only be search to a limited extent.

The following are not included in searches

These resources can be searched only directly through the respective platform.


Students and employees of FH Vorarlberg can access all electronic content licensed anywhere across the FH Vorarlberg campus using Olav or via a VPN connection. External users can access our licensed electronic content from within the rooms of the library.

Search tips

Phrase search

Use to search for more than one term in a precise sequence using quotation marks
Example: "Fachhochschule Vorarlberg"

Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT (written in uppercase!)

Use to combine search terms

ANDsearches for hits that contain all of the search terms
Example marketing AND tourism (searches for hits containing both the term marketing as well as the term tourism)
ORsearches for hits that contain one of the search terms
Example college OR university (searches for hits containing either the term college or the term university)

When searching for certain topics, it is helpful to enter the terms in both German and English and combine these using the OR operator.

NOTsearches for hits that do not contain the search term that appears after NOT
Example president NOT obama (searches for hits containing the term president but not the term obama)

 In some circumstances, relevant hits may be excluded when using the NOT operator.


Wildcards are used as placeholders

for any character; this is useful when there are alternate spellings
ExampleTos?ana for Toskana, Toscana
for any number of characters
Example comput* for computer, computing, computers, computational etc.

Filter options

When there are a lot of hits in the results of a search, these can be narrowed down by selecting the appropriate fields in "Refine your search" on the left-hand side.

Remote access for members of FH Vorarlberg

VPN connection or Shibboleth (login without a VPN connection)

You are connected when the FH Vorarlberg logo appears on the website of the platform you are using.


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