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DBIS (Database Information System): Special Databases
here: Subject „General and Comparative Sciences of Literature and Linguistics“

National Licences

The DFG (German Research Foundation) has been funding the acquisition of national licences for electronic media in order to permanently improve the provision of electronic media to German universities, research institutions and scientific libraries.

National licences „General and Comparative Sciences of Literature and Linguistics“

National licences "General / Interdisciplinary"


Bibliography of German Literature and Literary Studies (BDSL online)
World-wide coverage of published literature on the German language, literature and general Germanic studies. Free of charge for the years 1985 - 2000.

Bibliography of Linguistic Literature (BLLDB)
Monographies, dissertations, Manuscripts, papers, reviews, contributions to collections, Festschriften, congress- and institute reports. Not licensed user have restricted access to the data pool for the years 1971 - 2000).


Electronic Journals Library (EZB)
Journals with the subject "Linguistics and Literary Studies"

Database of Journals (ZDB)
Database for the search in printed and electronic journal holdings in German and Austrian libraries.

Online Contents Linguistik
Tables of contents of some 400 linguistic journals with title details of about 250,000 journla articles from 1993 onwards. It can be accessed worldwide without registration and is free of charge.

An extension to Online Contents Linguistik. After registration with the email address it is possible to choose from a list of more than 450 journals. The tables of content will be delivered via email.

ProQuest Search Portal
Selection "Literature and Linguistics". Contains the databases "British Periodicals" + "Periodicals Archive Online" + "Periodicals Index Online".


Directory of Dissertations
Selection of databases from DBIS (Database Information System)

Intends to improve the worldwide access to European dissertations. DART-Europe is supported by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche) and is the European working group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
Free accessible. Holds online dissertation of about 200 worldwide participating universities.

UMI Dissertation Express
North American and Canadian dissertations, British dissertations from 1988 onwards and dissertations from more than 1.000 universities and colleges worldwide. Searching in the database is free, but most of the titles are chargeable.

Library catalogues

Karlsruher Virtual Catalogue (KVK)
The KVK is a meta search interface for more than 500 million books and serials in library and book trade catalogs worldwide.

The KOBV Portal is the regional library portal for Berlin and Brandenburg.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU): Search portal of the library
- 2,7 mio data records from the online catalogue of the HU
- about 11.000 titles from the document- and publication server of the HU
- 21,7 mio. titles from the DFG national licences
- about 250 mio electronical recources worldwide (Primo Central)

Online Catalogue of the Berlin State Library
stabikat+: The Online Catalogue of the "Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage" = "The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SBBPK)" lists books, titles of journals and electronic Media.

MPI EVA Library
Library of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI EVA)

IDS Library
Library of the Institute for the German Language (IDS)

BBF Library
Research Library for the History of Education at the German Institute for International Educational Research = "Bibliothek für Bildungsgeschichtliche Forschung (DIPF)"

Specialist Portals

Lin|gu|is|tik, the internet portal for linguistics
The portal provides technical information on all areas of linguistics. Available are selected web sources, databases and catalogues for records of linguistic literature. Responsible for the portal are the University Library Frankfurt am Main, the Institute for German Language (IDS) Mannheim and the Server for Linguistics Essen (LinseLinks).

An international online forum, where academic linguists can discuss linguistic issues and exchange linguistic information.

A digital research infrastructure for language and speech resources in the Humanities and the Social Sciences funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Members are among others the Department of Linguistics at the University of Tübingen, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Leipzig, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich.

Current specialized information about General and Applied Linguistics

The Link Database provides a collection of online resources on linguistics topics.

Virtual Specialist Library for German Studies
Meta search in the specialist portal for German Language and Literature, Virtual Specialist Library for German Studies ("Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Germanistik - Germanistik im Netz (GiN)"

Specialist portal for Slavic information resources (databases, bibliographies and catalogues)

The German Education Portal
Meta search for scientific specialist information in the fields of educational research, educational science and educational practice in a wide range of databases. Host is the "German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)".

Academic Search Engines

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.

Google scholar

Google scholar (Language & Linguistics)
Top journals with the most citations

German Meta search engine, hosted by the non-profit charity organization SUMA-EV in cooperation with the Leibniz University of Hannover.

One of the most important search engines for Open Access Contents. OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 30 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,500 contributors.

BMBF Research Gateway
Search engine of the "Federal Ministry of Education and Research" = "Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)". Data from servers of public financed German research organisations, but not all of their institutes.

Social Networking Websites for Academics

A social networking website for Academics. It can be used to share papers, monitor their impact, and follow the research in specific fields.

A social networking website for Researchers, who use it for publishing, upload papers and exchange information on research topics.

Open Researcher & Contributor Identification Initiative. An initiative for identifying a researcher. It's a non-profit organization supported by a global community of organizational members, including research organizations, publishers, and others.


DoReCo (Language DOcumentation REference COrpus)
The database provides access to audio recordings of more than 50 languages, along with transcriptions, translations and detailed linguistic analysis. The DoReCo database was created as part of the DoReCo project from 2019 to 2022. The project was based at the Leibniz Centre General Linguistics in Berlin and the Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage in Lyon, and cooperated with the Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals, Munich.

Corpora on the website of the DWDS
Digital Dictionary of German language (DWDS). Publisher: Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).

The "Database for Spoken German (DGD) is a corpus management system in the programme area "Oral Corpora of the Institute for German Language (IDS). Using the database requires registration.

The "Berliner Wendekorpus" contains transcribed narrative interviews with people from East and West Berlin about the events of 9th November 1989. The corpus is accessible via DWDS and via DGD. Using the database requires registration.

TLA - The Language Archive
The Language Archive is a unit of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics concerned with digital language resources and tools. It contains a data archive about languages worldwide, deals with data creation, management and exploration tools and offers archiving and software expertise for the Digital Humanities.

The Language Goldmine
Links to several linguistic databases and datasets, including corpora of all varieties.

is a multilingual corpus which promotes research in the study of human and animal communication. It contains sample databases from within several subfields of communication, including first language acquisition, second language acquisition, conversation analysis, classroom discourse, and aphasic language.

The Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES) is a corpus established in 1984 by Brian MacWhinney and Catherine Snow to serve as a central repository for first language acquisition data. Its earliest transcripts date from the 1960s, and it now has contents (transcripts, audio, and video) in over 20 languages from 130 different corpora, all of which are publicly available worldwide. Recently, CHILDES has been made into a component of the larger corpus TalkBank, which also includes language data from aphasics, second language acquisition, conversation analysis, and classroom language learning.

Department of German Studies and Linguistics
Links to corpora on the website of the "Department of German Studies and Linguistics" at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Projects and Corpora in "Corpus Linguistics und Morphology" at the "Department of German Studies and Linguistics (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Institute for German Language
Links to corpora on the website of the "Institute for German Language (IDS) Mannheim [in German]

Hamburg Center for language corpora (HZSK)
Corpora of the "The Hamburg Center for language corpora (HZSK)"

Accessible German Corpora
A collection of Corpora, compiled by the University Bayreuth, Department of German Linguistics [in German]

Corpora on "LINSE - the Linguistics Host Essen"
Compiled by the University Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen, Fakulty for Humanities, German studies/Linguistics [in German]

Corpora/Research data on "Lin|gu|is|tik, the internet portal for linguistics"

University of Oxford Text Archive

Corpora at mediensprache.net

REDE - Regionalsprache.de
The project Regionalsprache.de (REDE) is funded by the Academy of Sciences and Literature (Mainz). The research project of the "Marburger Research Centre of German Language Atlas" with the aim of exploring the modern regional languages of the Germans is a research-centered language geographical information system. There is access to digitized voice atlases, audio documents, Wenkerbogen (data basis for Georg Wenkers language atlases) and regional linguistic databases.

Languages of the World

Ethnologue – Languages of the World
A web based database by SIL International, that documents more than 7000 languages and dialects, offers a complete survey of all language families and genetic classification of the language. Also it provides statistical data and specifies the three-letter code from ISO 639-3.

WALS (World Atlas of Language Structures)
A project of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and the Max Planck Digital Library, which integrates the phonological, lexical and grammatical properties of 2676 languages in a database.

A database promoted by the Max Planck Society, which ofers free access to scientific information about the languages of the world. Glottolog is collaborative work of Harald Hammarström, Sebastian Nordhoff, Robert Forkel and Martin Haspelmath.

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP)
The mission of the ELDP is the preservation of endangered languages globally, to document and preserve endangered languages by funding scholars worldwide to conduct field work and to archive their documentary collections and make them freely available.