A large number of databases, for example Primo Central Index, as well as standards can be accessed at ETH Zurich. Search via ETH Library's Search Portal for the databases that are available or use the access by subject.

Primo Central Index

  • Interdisciplinary database of scolarly information resources
  • Made available by Ex Libris
  • In ETH Library's Search Portal select "Articles and more" in the search field



  • These standards can be accessed in full text via eresearchcenter (within the ETH Zurich network). Be aware that neither the Search Portal of the ETH library nor an internet search lead to full text access.
  • You find many printed DIN standards in the ETH Library's Search Portal (by searching with the norm number).
  • The printed ASTM standards are available in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards. You find this publication via ETH Library's Search Portal.


  • The collected standards of the Schweizerischen Ingenieur- und Architektenvereinigung SIA can be viewed in hard copy or via databases held in the Architecture and Civil Engineering Library . SIA standards are also available in print form in ETH Library's InfoCenter.
  • The collected standards of the Swiss Association of Road and Transportation Experts VSS can be viewed in hard copy in the Architecture and Civil Engineering Library.
  • Other construction standards can be found via ETH Library's Search Portal.


  • The indices and commentaries of the standards of the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) can be searched via ETH Library's Search Portal.



Information on patents is available via Espacenet and other freely accessible sources, as well as via the Derwent Innovations Index (external link), a database licensed by ETH Zurich (access only permitted within the domain).