Information regarding the DBIS database information system

How do I find the right database?

You can find all licenced (H) and freely available (F,D) databases made available to you by the university’s library in the DBIS database information system. Since there is a huge number of databases, the Subject Overview in the DBIS can help you to make the right choice.

The TOP databases are always placed at the front – our database recommendations for you.

Underneath, you can then see a list of the entire range of databases, such as for:

Which information can I find in the DBIS?

Search function

The search function in the DBIS trawls through the detailed information pertaining to the contents of all databases. Regard: DBIS is to be used only in german language.


Search “Biologie”: you will find the databases which – according to the information in the detailed view in the DBIS – lists references about this subject.

Search “Volltextdatenbank”. You will be shown all databases which comply with this database type. 

Database contents

What is evaluated in the database? About which subjects can I find reference details? Do I receive reference tips or even full texts to download?

The pertinent detailed view provides you with important information about the contents of the database BEFORE you start your research.

Licence information

Information about the licence and, hence, access, is important since not all databases are “green”.

If you are not in the campus network, it is recommended that you always log on using your VPN external access before commencing your search.

Databases which are not at all accessible by the university library are not available in the DBIS.


Help using the database by means of video clips, for instance, is also available in the DBIS: further help is available directly in the pertinent database.

Or simply check it out for yourself on YouTube…

Please feel free to contact us – we offer regular database training sessions.

Why carry out research in databases?

Databases can help you to find quotable contents (e.g. articles in journals). They trawl through the contents of huge amounts of books, journals and electronic full texts and, with just a couple of clicks, you can filter the results in line with your topic. Your reference search becomes more effective with the aid of databases!

The database information system (DBIS) helps you to find the right database for your reference research. The databases each have various accesses (licences).

If you are not in the campus network:

Log into the external access via VPN before searching.

Open a database of your specialization and search for your topic. You will find references from various sources. Subsequently you should research the sources in library catalogs (eg GVK-PLUS). This will help you to find out in which library inventory the literature is located and / or whether it is electronically retrievable.

This is the way the research works, represented in an extremely simplified form:

  1. Find keywords for the topic (including translations, synonyms, generic terms).
  2. Search out the appropriate database in the DBIS.
  3. Perform your research in the database, bookmark sources.
  4. Search for located sources in the GVK-PLUS or other catalogues.
  5. The reference is either available in a library or in an electronic form in the network.
  6. Edit the reference information for the bibliography (EndNote?)