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About Arsca

Uniarts Helsinki’s Finna service Arsca is a one-stop search portal that grants you the access to printed and electronic material of the Uniarts Helsinki Library. Arsca has resources from all academic fields - printed and electronic books and journals, electronic articles in full texts, as well as theses.

Finding the right material

Search results are divided into three search tabs, which will be listed after you have performed a search of any kind.

"Library’s collections" tab shows:

  • library's physical collections
  • e-books and e-journals that are available at Uniarts Helsinki (search by using the name of the book or journal)
  • the Sibelius Academy’s digitised material in the Doria database
  • Uniarts Helsinki's e-publications in the Helda database.

The tab "International e-materials" shows search results from a centralised index of e-resources (Central Discovery Index, CDI), which includes reference data on hundreds of millions of mainly English-language articles and e-books. All e-resources that are available at Uniarts Helsinki aren’t included in CDI, so it’s advisable to also use the individual interfaces of the resources that can be accessed through our list of databases. CDI isn’t limited to only the teaching fields offered at Uniarts Helsinki, and instead, provides data on all research fields, which means that CDI includes references to articles that Uniarts Helsinki doesn’t have the access to.

Arsca and

Uniarts Helsinki’s Finna service Arsca is the local view of the national Finna service. This means that the Uniarts Helsinki Library’s personnel has developed Uniarts Finna service Arsca to best serve the needs of the customers of the Uniarts Helsinki Library, in particular. The Uniarts Helsinki Library maintains and develops the interface of Arsca. Finna’s national view makes it possible to search for material from all the libraries, archives and museums that have partnered with the Finna service with a single search, but the national view doesn’t give access to licensed e-resources. You can also find reference data of Finnish articles in (earlier you would have searched Arto database). For more information on Finna and the partner organisations, go to the page What is Finna?.


We welcome all feedback on Arsca. You can send out feedback using this form.