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Database Information System (DBIS) with around 2,800 databases on all areas of specialisation (for articles, biographies, statistics, images, maps, newspapers, encyclopaedias, etc.): Please determine which database is relevant for your topic/ your search. Out of the total offer, 2,300 databases are freely accessible and 500 are accessible with the BSB identification code.

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Catalogue OPACplus

OPACplus

BSB Catalogue with media of all types belonging to the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, sheet music, manuscripts or electronic media such as e-books, e-journals or databases  |  Articles & More, predominantly containing articles from e-journals and databases  |  Union Catalogue, predominantly with collections of libraries in Munich and Bavaria (with order option via interlibrary loan)

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Books

OPACplus

BSB Catalogue with media of all types belonging to the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, sheet music, manuscripts or electronic media such as e-books, e-journals or databases  |  Articles & More, predominantly containing articles from e-journals and databases  |  Union Catalogue, predominantly with collections of libraries in Munich and Bavaria (with order option via interlibrary loan)

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Journals

OPACplus

BSB Catalogue with media of all types belonging to the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, sheet music, manuscripts or electronic media such as e-books, e-journals or databases  |  Articles & More, predominantly containing articles from e-journals and databases  |  Union Catalogue, predominantly with collections of libraries in Munich and Bavaria (with order option via interlibrary loan)

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Newspapers

OPACplus

BSB Catalogue with media of all types belonging to the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, sheet music, manuscripts or electronic media such as e-books, e-journals or databases  |  Articles & More, predominantly containing articles from e-journals and databases  |  Union Catalogue, predominantly with collections of libraries in Munich and Bavaria (with order option via interlibrary loan)

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Books

Sammlung: E-Books

Proceeding from the overview of e-book platforms in the Database Information System (DBIS), you can select the matching database, e.g. ProQuest Ebook Central or SpringerLink, and then search for e-books in this database. A total of around one million licensed e-books are available. The BSB identification code is required.

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Books

Digital Collections

The digitized (historical) holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, with an emphasis of works up the 19th century. Around one million e-books from all fields of specialisation are available in the Open Access format.

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Books

Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog

Book search engine listing several million media in catalogues worldwide. Read more...

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Books

Google Books

Google Books with several million e-books from all fields of knowledge: The service includes the collections of renowned libraries from all over the world. On the basis of agreements concluded with over 20,000 publishing houses, also their e-books are accessible via Google.

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Books

Gateway Bayern

Library and union catalogues and articles databases can be queried at the same time. The data are from the "B3Kat" (joint union catalogue of Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg), the licensed Primo-Central-Index, the "Bayerische Bibliographie", the "VD 16" and "VD 17" catalogues. Search tips

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Journals

Zeitschriftendatenbank

The largest database of the world for periodicals, newspapers, etc., with 1.8 million title entries in all languages and 15 million holdings records of German and Austrian libraries.

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Newspapers

Zeitschriftendatenbank

The largest database of the world for periodicals, newspapers, etc., with 1.8 million title entries in all languages and 15 million holdings records of German and Austrian libraries.

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Journals

JSTOR

E-journals of the provider JSTOR, i.a. from the collections: Arts & Sciences, Business, Health Sciences, Language & Literature, Life Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Music. The respectively most recent years of publication are not accessible via JSTOR. BSB identification code required (or FID identification for Music Collection).

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Images

Bildarchiv

The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has entries of over 220,000 individual images (around 150,000 together with the digitized image): Portraits from the 16th to the 20th century, views of cities and locations (particularly in Bavaria), historical photographs, etc.

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Images

Image-based Similarity Search

An image similarity search tool for searching over 43 million machine-identified images from manuscripts, early printed works and more from the 9th to the 20th century from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Read more...

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Images

Datenbank-Infosystem – Bilddatenbanken

An overview of around 250 image databases in the Database Information System (DBIS), from which the topically relevant collection of images and photographs can be selected. The databases are accessible either freely or with the BSB identification code.

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Newspapers

digiPress

The newspaper portal of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek currently offers access to around 340 digitized historical newspapers. The portal is expanded successively (it is intended to integrate around 1,000 predominantly Bavarian newspapers from the holdings of the BSB). digiPress help

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Maps

IKAR - Printed Maps before 1850

World maps and street plans of cities all around the world, topographic and topical maps, atlases, panoramas, bird's eye view maps, facsimiles and electronic resources, etc. – 265,000 publications with around 273,000 holdings records of the participating libraries. Read more...

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Manuscripts

OPACplus/ BSB Catalogue – Manuscripts

The BSB Catalogue with the type of media "manuscripts" being preset: In the online catalogue new acquisitions as of 2009 and all digitized manuscripts are registered, in addition also the total holdings of codex manuscripts and personal papers. Guidelines for writing the shelf-marks

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Manuscripts

Digital Collections – Manuscripts

Already digitized collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: medieval and modern-age manuscripts from all over the world, letters and autographs, music manuscripts.

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Manuscripts

Forschungsdokumentation Handschriften

References for secondary literature on manuscripts (90% of entries), personal papers, autographs, rare and valuable printed books (no music materials). Read more...

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Manuscripts

Manuscripta Mediaevalia

Data on over 90,000 Occidental manuscripts and manuscript fragments available primarily at German libraries.

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Manuscripts

Datenbank-Infosystem – Handschriftenkunde

Database Information System with the subject area "codicology" being preset: The databases relevant for your search can be selected from the overview. The databases can partly be accessed freely, and partly only with the BSB identification code.

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Manuscripts

BSB-CodIcon Online

Catalogue of the manuscripts of the collection group "Codices iconographici" – illuminated manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek from the 15th to the 20th century – with the extended field of architectural manuscripts ArchIcon (under construction). Read more...

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Images

BSB-CodIcon Online

Catalogue of the manuscripts of the collection group "Codices iconographici" – illuminated manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek from the 15th to the 20th century – with the extended field of architectural manuscripts ArchIcon (under construction). Read more...

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Manuscripts

Kalliope

National reference tool for personal papers, autographs and archives of publishing houses with individual entries from almost 450 institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany and from further registers of collections and personal estates. Read more...

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Manuscripts

Digital Collections – Modern papers/ autographs

Holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek that have already been digitized: Personal papers and autographs of famous persons.

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Manuscripts

World Digital Library

Important digitized materials from a large number of countries and cultures around the world, among them manuscripts, maps, rare works, music recordings, films, printed books, photographs and architectural drawings.

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Databases

Datenbank-Infosystem – Geschichte

Database Information System with the subject area "history" being preset: The databases relevant for your search can be selected from the overview. The databases can partly be accessed freely, and partly only with the BSB identification code.

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Journals

Electronic Journals Library – History

Electronic Journals Library (EZB) with a preselection of e-journals on the field of specialisation of history. BSB identification code required for titles marked in yellow and yellow-red. Read more...

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Journals

Cairn.info

French-language journals on history, among other subject areas. The archives, tables of contents and abstracts of the journals are freely accessible. For retrieval of the full texts of more recent articles usually a fee is charged.

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Journals

revues.org

Publication platform with freely accessible online journals on humanities and social sciences, predominantly French titles.

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Maps

OPACplus/ BSB Catalogue – Maps

BSB catalogue with the media type "maps" being preset.

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Articles

European History (beta)

Meta search in various historically relevant databases and catalogues on general and European history. Read more...

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Articles

Jahresberichte für Deutsche Geschichte

Specialised database on German history with 760,000 entries of articles and books (no longer updated since 2016). Read more...

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Articles

Historical Abstracts

Reference database on historical sciences with articles from journals and omnibus works, monographs and dissertations on the history of all countries (by the exception of the USA and Canada) as of 1450 up to the present. BSB identification code required.

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Articles

International Medieval Bibliography

Multidisciplinary database on medieval studies including around 500,000 articles from around 9,500 journals and omnibus works. BSB identification code required.

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Articles

recensio.net

Multilingual platform with Europe-wide orientation for reviews of literature from the field of historical sciences. Read more...

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Articles

WebGuide Geschichte

A selection of around 9,000 Internet sources on history, indexed with keywords and abstracts and verified for scholarly relevance. Read more...

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Books

Neuerwerbungen Geschichte

New acquisitions of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek for the subject area of historical sciences – updated monthly, including a subscription service (Abo-Service).

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Archives

Verzeichnis der Mikroformen

Overview of the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek of materials on microfilm, predominantly US, British and Russian files on the history of the German-language countries, France, Italy and East Europe and on the history of the two world wars.

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Newspapers

ANNO

AustriaN Newspapers Online with digitized historical Austrian newspapers and journals from time time between 1689 and 1945. Read more...

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Articles

OPACplus/ Aufsätze & mehr

"Articles & more" offers entries of articles from all fields of specialisation – from numerous (specialist) databases and e-journals, etc. – which can be queried simultaneously via a comprehensive index (Primo Central).

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Articles

RI-Opac

Regesta-Imperii-Opac, a literature database for medieval studies of the entire European language area, taking account of all specialist disciplines.

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Articles

Google Scholar

Search engine by Google for journal articles and scholarly literature. Full texts are accessible partly freely and partly with the BSB identification code.

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Articles

Yewno

Novel discovery service for topical search in English-language digital texts: Yewno finds topics and concepts (search terms and their abstractions) with methods of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Read more...

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Archives

U.S. Declassified Documents Online

85,000 documents released by the US governmental authorities on the American interior and foreign politics in the wake of the Second World War (minutes of cabinet meetings, statements by the National Security Council, investigations by the CIA, etc.). BSB identification code required.

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Archives

Testaments to the Holocaust

Collection of handwritten records and rare printed materials of the Wiener Library in London, the oldest Holocaust museum of the world, offering access to personal testimonials of life in the time of national socialism. BSB identification code required.

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