Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies

FundingGerman Research Foundation (DFG)
Project termFirst project phase:
01/01/2016 – 31/12/2018
Second project phase:
01/01/2019 – 31/12/2021
Third project phase:
01/01/2022 – 31/12/2024
Project partnersBayerische Staatsbibliothek
Deutsches Museum, Munich
Contact addressgregor.horstkemper@bsb-muenchen.de

The German Research Foundation (DFG) supports the second project phase from 2019 to 2021 of historicum.net – Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies, which is operated under the responsibility of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Deutsches Museum. The Deutsches Museum is in charge of the sub-disciplines of the history of technology and exact sciences, as well as environmental history.

Via the central access point historicum.net, the Specialised Information Service (Fachinformationsdienst, FID) for Historical Studies provides a digital information service on the entire spectrum of historical studies and continues developing a high-performance information infrastructure which connects comfortable, easy-to-use search functions with the supra-regional provision of media relevant to the field.

Within the scope of the Specialised Information Service, both FID libraries acquire specialist literature that is available only in small numbers in Germany. These titles are available to interested users via the interlibrary loan service and document delivery services. The Specialised Information Service also provides a form for acquisition suggestions in order to receive indications of gaps in the collections, web contents relevant to scholars and research trends, as well as digitization requests. Historical researchers are offered access to various specialised databases, e-books and e-journals by the Specialised Information Service. Interested users can register for these FID licenses following a simple registration procedure.


Via the research portal "Europäische Geschichte" (European History), relevant research literature from the field of historical studies can be searched that is entered in relevant library catalogues, specialist bibliographies or full-text databases. In addition to the search, it is frequently also possible to access the searched titles. Ideally, an electronic direct access is provided. With respect to content, the search portal has so far covered the history of Europe across the epochs, but is intended to be expanded to become a comprehensive search portal on history between 2019 and 2021.

After the compilation of the "Jahresberichte für deutsche Geschichte" (Annual Reports for German History) and the "Historische Bibliographie" (Historical Bibliography) was discontinued, the Specialised Information Service and partners have developed the "Deutsche Historische Bibliografie" (DHB, German Historical Bibliography), a beta version of which has been accessible online since the beginning of 2018. Thus, a tool for digital research on German history is made available in the open access format, which also permits accessing the catalogued publications. In addition, the expert community of historians is also invited to integrate their publications in the DHB by using a self-signalling procedure.

The portfolio of the Specialised Information Service is rounded off by the digitization of out-of-print works from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Deutsches Museum. As a further feature, there is recensio.regio. The review platform on German-language regional history offers access to reviews of specialist journals on regional history and is the first place to go for information about new publications. The reviews of the cooperating journals can be searched in full-text mode by the users. The service is free of charge and freely accessible.

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