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Research support service


The Research Support Service is an adaptation of Cedefop’s Library and documentation service to better support the information needs of the agency’s core activities. It contributes to Cedefop’s goals of being acknowledged as an authoritative source of information on VET, skills and competences while ensuring that all projects receive timely, relevant and reliable information.

Hence, we have two in-house tools that help us fulfill this purpose: the VET-Bib library’s catalogue and the Cedefop Discovery Tool (Summon).

VET-Bib database

Cedefop’s bibliographical database offers to stakeholders a selective collection of European vocational education and training literature.

Developed together with Cedefop’s European network of reference and expertise (ReferNet), which comprises representatives from the 27 Member States, candidate countries, plus Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom.

VET-Bib also includes key EU documents consulted and needed by Cedefop experts and projects and selected bibliographical information from Cedefop’s projects.

Cedefop Discovery Tool (Summon)

Automatic tool filled with essential scientific information and open access journals from major sources selected by Cedefop, mostly emphasizing in academic publications related to VET, skills, labor market and education.

If you need further assistance regarding Cedefop’s discovery tool (e.g. access to original documents) please contact 

Cedefop archives

Researchers may be interested in the archives of Cedefop. They are deposited with the European University Institute in Florence and include the documents produced by the Head of Administration and Management Board the years 1975 to 1984. For more information on the Cedefop collection, please see the European University Institute.

Other sources where you can find Cedefop publications throughout the years:

Publications Office of the EU

Official database of every EU publication ever published, being the official publisher of them.

Cedefop publications in the Publications Office of the EU

EU Find-eR

European Commission’s discovery tool able to find articles, books, reviews, dissertations, government documents, reports and conference proceeding among other typologies.

Documents authored by Cedefop in EU Find-eR


Online EU database granting access to EU legal documents: treaties, legal acts, case-laws, international agreements… available in all the EU’s 24 official languages.

Documents in Eur-Lex‌ mentioning Cedefop


VET bibliographies: 

Thematic VET bibliographies provide access to documents on key VET topics such as skill needs, lifelong learning, guidance, qualifications and much more, in line with Cedefop's work programme. All the bibliographies below use Cedefop's VET-bib bibliographic database as a source.

A. Thematic bibliographies

B. Sector-related bibliographies

C. Project-related bibliographies


Cedefop discovery tool (Summon)

Screenshot of the Cedefop discovery tool

Explore a wealth of resources, scientific information and open access journals on VET.