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INFO 15 – Bibliographic Databases

1. General Information

Bibliographic databases collect and index bibliographic data on a range of publications. Such databases are indispensable when searching for publications by specific authors or on specific topics, since normal search machines like Google only search a small part of the internet (see the Wikipedia entry on the “Deep Web”).
Bibliographic data includes information that aids in the identification of individual publications. For books, this might be the author, title, edition, place of publication, publisher and year of publication. For journal articles, this is the author, title of the article, title of the journal, volume number, year of publication and page rage of the article within the journal.
Some bibliographic databases only contain bibliographic data, meaning the full text of the book or article must be found elsewhere by using, for example, the Library Catalogue (INFO 6) or the E-journal Library (INFO 16). Some bibliographic databases, however, also contain full texts.

2. Database Access

These databases can be accessed by clicking on "Databases" on the University Library homepage. This leads to an information page, a "database of databases". You can either enter the name of specific database in the search field, or use the “subject overview”. Making these databases available campus-wide is in some cases very expensive, therefore we have chosen key databases that should be universally relevant. If you cannot find the database you are looking for, please let us know.

3. Subject-specific Databases

The most important databases for the different subject areas are::

+ Law
ACM Digital LibraryXXFull text
Beck-onlineXFull text
Business Source PremierXFull text, Thesaurus, Citations
Communication and Mass Media CompleteXFull text
EconBizXFull text, German literature, Thesaurus
IEEE Xplore
Digital Library
XXXFull text, Citations
JurisXFull text
PerinormXDIN Standards,
VDI Standards
(Chemical Abstracts)
XData collection
SPIE Digital LibraryXXFull text
StatistaXXStatistical data
German literature
Web of ScienceXXXXXXCitations
Zentralblatt MATHXMSC (Mathematical
subject classifiction)

4. Searching a Database

Bibliographic databases are maintained by different organisations and have, therefore, quite different interfaces. The presentation of data and the search tools differ greatly from database to database. Each database usually has a detailed page of information on how to use it. Please do not give up if using a database is complicated and feel free to ask library staff for help. It is part of our job to assist you.

5. Contact

You can contact the information desk at any time:

Information desk

Phone: +49 3677 69-4531

The Subject librarians can provide subject-specific support and advice. On the homepage of the Ilmenau University Library, you will find an overview of the subject librarians under "General Information", then "Contact / Address".

Last update: 2019/08/29