There are a number of ways in which you can search the literature that is available to you in various formats.
The traditional book is now accompanied by the eBook. The advantage of this is that you no longer have to physically borrow the book you want from the library for a limited loan period. Instead you can download the title as an eBook and read it on your own device (tablet, notebook, PC, etc.). You can delete it as soon as you have finished with it.
We cannot supply every book as an eBook, but we already have more than 30,000 titles in this format.
Journal articles are also often stored as PDF files in specialist literature databases.
You should structure your search so that it comes up with the largest number of possible hits. To do this, ask yourself the following questions:
Am I searching for literature that I can also obtain directly (including eBooks)?
If so, all you have to do is search our catalogue.
Do I want to include journal articles in my search?
If so, then you should definitely search the specialist databases for your journal article.
Would it be useful to search library catalogues throughout Germany?
If so, you will need to search the inter-library loan system catalogue.
Inter-library loan service page
Might I be able to find my journal article in the printed journals section of the library?
You can find this out by having a look at our collection of printed journals
Should you require more assistance with your search, we can support you with literature research training. This is particularly recommended for students working on their theses.
Training and tours
The Information Desk team will be happy to provide you with basic research information.