Directory of External Databases

The library offers extensive research possibilities in databases of various institutes. Some sites may only be available in German.

Interdisciplinary Databases



Technology and natural sciences

Economic, social and administrative sciences

Interdisciplinary Databases

Handbook on Quality in Academic Studies, Teaching and Research

The Handbook on Quality in Academic Studies, Teaching and Research provides information on all aspects of quality development in higher education and science.
hqsl-bibliothek (Only available in German.)

Webis offers an overview of all libraries participating in the nationwide literature supply system. The information system can be accessed according to subject and regional aspects as well as via a list of the participating libraries.
webis (Only available in German.)


The Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund (GBV) is the common library network of the seven German federal states Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia and the Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage.

Statista provides current market figures and forecasts for the most important consumer goods within a total of more than 200 markets. All key figures are internationally comparable and are based on extensive analyses of data from national and international statistical offices, associations, company reports and the trade press.

Nomos eLibrary
In-house publications in the fields of law, politics, economics, media studies, communication research, history, sociology, educational research, cultural studies, Europe, health science, philosophy and religion.
Nomos eLibrary

Share_it - Open Access and Research Data Repository of the Libraries of the Universities of Applied Sciences in Saxony-Anhalt
Publications of the Universities of Applied Sciences in Saxony-Anhalt

Periodicals database (Zeitschriftendatenbank)
The ZDB guides the way to journals, newspapers and databases in German and Austrian libraries. It is jointly produced by 4,400 libraries.
ZDB (Only available in German.)

Electronic Journals Library
The Electronic Journals Library (EJL) is one of the most comprehensive databases on scientific electronic journals.The EJL was developed in 1997 by the University Library of Regensburg, which still operates and develops it today. The bibliographic records of the available journals and the links to them are created and continuously improved by all participating libraries.

KVK - Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog
The Karlsruher Virtuelle Katalog (KVK) is a meta-search engine designed to find several hundred million items in library and book trade catalogues worldwide.

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Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews publishes a collection of 32 anthologies of critical, scientific treatises representing the state of the art of research in specific fields. The editorial board includes renowned scholars from Stanford, the University of California, Princeton and Harvard. The archive is updated annually by one volume, so that there is no gap between the backfiles and current licenses. AR is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledg
Annual Reviews

EBSCOhost ebook Collection

EBSCO offers more than 200 research databases in the fields of Business and Economics, Science and Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Humanities Area Studies. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of researchers at institutions around the world. There are also over 3500 open access publications available.
NetLibrary eBooks

Elsevier Journal Backfiles on ScienceDirect 1934-1994

Elsevier offers its journal archive in 28 subject-related collections. The national licence was obtained for about 650 unique titles in 10 collections. After login, chose the Acess type "Subscribed & complimentary".

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (118 titles)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (139 titles)
  • Economics (71 titles)
  • General Physics (79 titles)
  • High Energy Physics (33 titles)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (10 titles) / Organic Chemstry incl. Tetrahedron (14 titles)
  • Physical and Analytical Chemistry (44 titles)
  • Psychology (66 Titel) / Social Sciences (132 titles)

Elsevier Journal Backfiles on ScienceDirect 1934-1994

Oxford Journals Digital Archive 1829-1995

Oxford Journals is part of Oxford University Press, the world's largest university publisher. The archive contains approximately 120 unique titles from the following sub-sections:

  • Humanities (41 titles)
  • Science (39 Titel) / Medicine (44 titles)
  • Law (12 titles)
  • Social Sciences (29 titles)  

Oxford Journals Digital Archive 1829-1995

Times Literary Supplement Centenary Archive / TLS

The TLS Historical Archive contains the full text of all the issues of the Times Literary Supplement from its first issue in 1902 to 2005 and presents a panorama of the works of important writers and thinkers during this period. It also contains reviews from the theatre, cinema, music and exhibitions.
The database is completely full-text searchable, including searches for anonymous contributions, and features simple and advanced search entries.
Times Literary Supplement Centenary Archive / TLS


Citavi is an app for reference management and knowledge organization and provides additional tools for research.

World Biographical Information System / WBIS

WBIS Online is a comprehensive biographical database, providing biographical information on over 6 Million people from the 8th century B.C. to the present. Included are 8.5 Million digital facsimile articles from biographical reference works.
World Biographical Information System / WBIS



e-UNWTO Library (World Tourism Organization)
The UNWTO Elibrary is an online service from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with a broad coverage of tourism and related subject areas as well as searchable abstacts and bibliograohic details. This offer is supplemented by the Tourism Factbook, which provides statistical data on all countries of the world, for example on income and expenditure in the tourism sector.
e-UNTWO Library

Worldwide literature on all aspects of tourism, leisure, recreation, sport and culture.

Sustainability in tourism: developments, approaches and clarification of terms / Martin Balaš und Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Current publication by the Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency).The paper deals with the question of how tourism can be classified and described in the context of sustainability. It also presents models and concepts for measuring and rating sustainability in tourism. Furthermore, it presents which governance instruments are available for sustainability in tourism.
Sustainability in tourism

Touristische Beschilderung an deutschen Autobahnen : touristische Unterrichtungstafeln: Wahrnehmung, Effekte, Entscheidungsverhalten / Sven Groß
Tourist signage on German motorways: Tourist information boards: perception, effects, decision-making behaviour by Sven Groß.
Touristische Beschilderung an deutschen Autobahnen (Only available in German.)

Sustainable tourism: principles, contexts and practices / David A. Fennell ; Chris Cooper
This new textbook provides a comprehensive overview of sustainable tourism framed around the UN’s sustainable development goals. It examines the origins and dimensions of sustainable tourism and offers a detailed account of sustainable initiatives and management across destinations, the tourism industry, public sector and leading agencies.
Sustainable Tourism

Papers on the "Further Development of Sustainable Tourism"
Original German title for the research project: "Weiterentwicklung des nachhaltigen Tourismus". These papers are only available in German.

Treibhausgas-Emissionen im Deutschland-Tourismus / Franziska Neumann, Lea Helms
Greenhouse gas emissions in German-based tourism.

Fachkräftemangel im Kontext des nachhaltigen Tourismus / Martina Kirchhoff-Feil, Diana Pinnow
Shortage of skilled labour in the context of sustainable tourism.

Tagesreisen im Kontext des nachhaltigen Tourismus / Dr. Manfred Zeiner, Diana Pinnow
Day trips in the context of sustainable tourism.

Touristische Mobilität im ländlichen Raum / Isabel Kersten, Diana Pinnow
Tourist mobility in rural areas.

Papers on the research project "Consequences of climate change for tourism in the German Alpine and low mountain regions and coastal regions as well as on beach tourism and river-related forms of tourism"

Original German title for the research project: "Folgen des Klimawandels für den Tourismus in den deutschen Alpen- und Mittelgebirgsregionen und Küstenregionen sowie auf den Badetourismus und flussbegleitende Tourismusformen".

Please refer to the overview page by the Umweltbundesamt for further information. Further links are only available in German.

Anpassung an den Klimawandel: die Zukunft im Tourismus gestalten ; Handlungsleitfaden / Thomas Dworak, Andrea Schmölzer; Wolfgang Günter, Peter Hoffmann, Thomas Bausch, Christine Matauschek
Adapting to climate change: Shaping the future of tourism ; Practical guide.

Interactive GeoInformationSystem
Interactive Map showing possible correlations between climate change and tourism.

Klimadaten auf Destinationsebene
Chart of climate data at destination level.

Documentation of the online conference
Youtube offers a translation of the automatically generated German subtitles.

Klimawirksame Emissionen des deutschen Reiseverkehrs : Schlussbericht des Forschungsvorhabens / Angelika Schulz, Tobias Kuhnimhof, Claudia Nobis, Bastian Chlond, Miriam Magdolen, Fabian Bergk, Claudia Kämper, Wolfram Knörr, Jan Kräck, Christian Jödden, Andreas Sauer, Martina Führer, Roman Frick
Climate-impacting emissions from German travel : Final report of the research project.




beck-online offers comprehensive information on legal, administrative and economic topics. Modules include

  • University module (Hochschulmodul)
  • Civil Service Law PLUS (Beamtenrecht)
  • Beck municipal practice Saxony-Anhalt Plus (Beck Kommunalpraxis Sachsen-Anhalt)
  • German Higher Education Law PLUS (Hochschulrecht)
  • Constitutional law PREMIUM (Verfassungsrecht)
  • Public procurement law PREMIUM (Vergaberecht)
  • Administrative Law PLUS (Verwaltungsrecht)

To use beck-online in English, you need to login first. See their FAQ for further questions.

Remote access from home via VPN client.

ViFa Recht

The Virtual Library for International and Interdisciplinary Legal Research is a tool for online legal research. It offers a location-independent and uncomplicated access to legal information on the internet. The following modules are currently available:

  • Research for scientifically relevant internet sources
  • Various convenient research options in the legal collections of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
  • Search for articles that have appeared in legal journals and commemorative publications
  • Search for electronic and printed legal journals
  • Searchable overview of legal online databases
  • References to printed and online legal bibliographies

ViFa Recht

Juris offers the most comprehensive collection of information for Germany on all legal issues. The documents provided include legal texts, decisions from all jurisdictions, quoted and cited case law, standards, commentaries and essays.
Juris (Only available in German.)

Remote access from home via VPN client.


Technical and natural sciences

Scopus provides information on natural and engineering sciences as well as on medical science in the form of abstracts, source references and keyword indexes. The database allows links to full text articles and other bibliographic sources.


IEEE Xplore provides web access to more than five-million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly-cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.

National Licences

ACS Legacy Archives 1879-1995

The ACS Legacy Archives provide full text search and direct access to all ACS journal issues published between 1879 and 1995. The Legacy Archives cover various fields of chemistry such as analytical, applied, (in)organic and nuclear chemistry as well as related sciences such as environmental technology, food technology, pharmacology and agricultural sciences.
ACS Legacy Archives 1879-1995

AIP Digital Archive 1930-2004
AIP Publishing is a subsidiary of the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Their portfolio comprises highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals, including a growing portfolio of Open Access titles, that cover all areas of the physical sciences.
AIP Digital Archive 1930-2004


NWB-tax and business/commercial law

To access the online modules of NWB-Verlag, please log in.


Economic, social and administrative sciences

OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics and is the knowledge base of OECD's analysis and data. This information is used to compare countries, evaluate markets and research global trends. All OECD publications since 1998 are available, including over 12,000 books, 35 journals, 4,500 working papers, 100,000 Excel spreadsheets and databases containing some five billion statistics.
OECD iLibrary (Available only on the university's internal network.)

EBSCO Business Source Premier
EBSCO Business Source Premier features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines.
EBSCO Business Source Premier

The WISO-NET databases provide full-text information on business management, economics and social sciences.
WISO (Only available in German.)

The webpage of the Kommunale Gemeinschaftsstelle für Verwaltungsmanagement (municipal joint body for administrative management) offers

  • all current KGSt work results since 1971
  • all issues of KGSt INFO since 1996, supplemented by selected, particularly current articles
  • Essays and lectures by KGSt employees
  • References to KGSt events plus documentation on seminars and specialist conferences as well as the KGSt forum
  • Documents of the members on the intermunicipal exchange of experience, for example experience reports, project documentation, concepts, in addition to a number of statutes

KGSt (Only available in German.)

PSYNDEX - ZPID's database for publication references of psychological literature from the German-speaking world - including editorially described testing instruments and intervention programs. PSYNDEXplus contains two database segments. PSYNDEXPlus includes literature and media from all areas of psychology and related fields such as medicine. PSYNDEX Tests contains descriptions of psychological and educational tests used or developed in German-speaking countries.

PsycINFO is a resource for abstracts and citations of behavioral and social science research.

DATEV/ Lexinform
DATEV eG offers software and IT services for the economic and legal sector with a special focus on tax consultancy and auditing. Lexinform offers complete overwiev on German tax law, EU law, vocational law as well as civil and commercial law. Additionally, Lexinform offers literature summaries from over 50 specialist journals and a wide range of business management information. If you are not logged in, Lexiform will ask you to enter your institution ("Hs Harz"). You will then be redirected to the login page.
DATEV / Lexinform (Only available in German.)

Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften (ZBW)
The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest research infrastructure for economic literature, online as well as offline. Key activities at the ZBW aim at providing and furthering research data management as well as digital preservation to preserve digital objects for future generation.

The main focus of the NCWB database is to provide information on a wide range of topics relating to tax and commercial law as well as accounting.
NWB (Only available in German.)

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U.S. Declassified Documents Online / USDD
U.S. Declassified Documents Online (former Declassified Documents Reference System / DDRS) is a database of Primary Source Media and contains electronic copies of declassified documents from the U.S. presidential libraries. The libraries receive declassified documents from various government agencies: the White House, the CIA, the FBI, the State Department and others. The result is a collection of more than 75,000 documents, covering nearly every major foreign and domestic event: the Cold War, Vietnam, foreign policy shifts, the civil rights movement, and others. Not all documents are clearly or completely legible, but both the page images of documents and scanned text are available.

The Making of the Modern World: Economics, Politics and Industry
Comprehensive collection of economic literature from the second half of the 15th century to the middle of the 19th century, which is particularly important for research into early economic, political and social history. The main focus is on economics in the broadest sense, including political science, history and sociology, as well as other special collections on transport, banking and finance, and crafts.
The Making of the Modern World

Journal Portfolio on Educational Science and Research (FID)
The journal portfolio of the Fachinformationsdienst Erziehungswissenschaft und Bildungsforschung (Information Service for Educational Science and Educational Research) provides comprehensive information on all areas of education.