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osmikonSEARCH bietet die Möglichkeit, parallel in knapp 40 einschlägigen deutschen und internationalen Bibliothekskatalogen, Bibliografien und Spezialdatenbanken nach wissenschaftlicher Literatur und Forschungsmaterialien zu Ost-, Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa zu recherchieren.
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Das Fachrepositorium "OstDok – Osteuropa-Dokumente online" stellt elektronische Volltexte der Ost-, Ostmittel- und Südosteuropaforschung zur Verfügung.
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Die Datenbank ARTOS verzeichnet Fachartikel und Rezensionen aus rund 400 laufenden Zeitschriften und ausgewählten Sammelbänden im breiten Spektrum der geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung aus dem östlichen und südöstlichen Europa und über die Region.
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Was wird durchsucht?
OstNet ist ein Katalog für Internetressourcen und verzeichnet wissenschaftlich relevante Websites und Online-Dokumente zu Ost-, Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa. In OstNet können Sie beispielsweise nach institutionellen Websites, Blogs oder Digital-Humanities-Projekten zu einem bestimmten Thema oder Land recherchieren oder auch nach Datenbanken für ein bestimmtes Rechercheziel suchen.
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ARTOS AboService

Nutzen Sie den ARTOS AboService, um sich regelmäßig per E-Mail über neue Fachartikel und Rezensionen aus mehreren hundert Zeitschriften und ausgewählten Sammelbänden zum östlichen Europa informieren zu lassen!
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E-books and e-journals

Recommended electronic book and journal collections on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe

The portal comprises digitally accessible literature on Russian humanities and Jewish Studies in Russian language.

Details in the Database Information System (DBIS)


Cairn.info offers more than 5,000 French language periodicals in the humanities and social sciences from different publishers. The package "Cairn History Collection", curated by the Specialised Information Service for History, contains 73 titles, including some dealing with Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe such as:

  • "Archives Juives"
  • "Cahiers du monde russe"
  • "Les Cahiers de la Shoah"
  • "Études Balkaniques-Cahiers Pierre Belon"
  • "Relations internationales"
  • "Revue historique"

Cairn.info / Cairn History Collection

This platform offers access to all 446 journals from and about the countries of Eastern Central and Southeast Europe with a focus on the humanities and social sciences that were posted on CEEOL up to and including 31 December 2009. (In Germany access is free due to national licence)

Details in the Database Information System (DBIS)

Central and Eastern European Online Library

Contains essays related to Slavic Studies and Eastern Europe from a number of journals of the Russian Academy of Sciences on topics related to the humanities and social sciences. Numerous journals on literature and language are represented. (In Germany access is free due to national licence)

Details in the Database Information System (DBIS)

Collection of Russian Journals on Social Sciences & Humanities (UDB-EDU)

List of journals included

Over 4,400 e-books from the fields of Business and Economics, Science and Engineering, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Humanities and Area Studies are available. (In Germany access is free due to national licence)

Details in the Database Information System (DBIS)

EBSCOhost eBook Collection

The electronic library of the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences contains public domain digital copies of books and journals on archaeology.

Electronic Library of the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences

HRČAK is the central portal of Croatian scientific journals and offers the access to the journals following the Open Access Initiative. The repository contains more than 500 different journals, including a broad range of journals with a focus on the humanities or social sciences.

HRČAK - Portal of Croatian scientific and professional journals

The largest full-text database in Russia and the CIS currently contains more than 360 million documents, including hourly updated texts from the Russian and English press, statistics, legal texts, government publications, fiction and bibliographic databases of the Russian Academy of Sciences (INION). (In Germany access is free due to national licence)

Details in the Database Information System (DBIS)

Integrum World Wide

This database provides full-text access to more than 61,000 books published between 1460 and 1850, as well as 466 series and occasional periodicals from before 1906 – comprising nearly 12 million pages in total. The focus is on economics in the broadest sense, including political science, history, and sociology, as well as other special collections on transportation, banking, finance, and crafts.

Making of the Modern World: Economics, Politics and Industry

This is the most important online resource for electronic journals in the fields of culture, humanities and social sciences. It contains a total of 500 journals with 1.9 million articles (including reviews). The licence includes the collections 1-6. (In Germany access is free due to national licence)

Details in the Database Information System (DBIS)

Periodicals Archive Online

List of journals included

"Periodicals Index Online" is an electronic index providing access to millions of articles that have been published in more than 6,000 periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Periodicals Index Online 

This database comprises bibliographic title records of books (from 1980 onwards), newspapers, journals, dissertations, reviews, music and art-related publications, as well as maps (all from 1998 onwards) from the following originally printed series:

  • Knigi Rossii (former: Knižnaja letopis‘)
  • Stat‘i iz rossijskich gazet (former: Letopis‘ gazetnych statej)
  • Stat‘i iz rossijskich žurnalov (former: Letopis‘ žurnal‘nych statej)
  • Avtoreferaty dissertacij (former: Letopis‘ avtoreferatov dissertacij)
  • Recenzii iz rossijskich izdanij (former: Letopis‘ recenzij)
  • Rossijskie notnye izdanija (former: Notnaja letopis‘)
  • Rossijskie izoizdanija (former: Letopis‘ izoizdanij)
  • Rossijskie kartografičeskie izdanija (former: Kartografičeskaja letopis)

Rossijskaja Nacionalnaja Bibliografija

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Researchers working on Muslims and Islam in Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia can use the Universal Database of Russian Islamic Studies to access the latest scientific publications and journalistic news, which have so far been difficult to access in Germany, via a web portal. The database contains materials dating back to 2007 and is continuously updated with the latest articles.

The following Islamic journals are included:

  1. "Islam v sovremennom mire";
  2. "Islamovedenie";
  3. "Minaret Islama";
  4. "Islam v stranach Sodružestva Nezavisimych Gosudarstv".

The following newspapers are also included:

  1. "As-Salam";
  2. "Islamskij vestnik";
  3. "Medina al‘ Islam";
  4. "Minbar Islama";
  5. "Poslanie / Riselet";
  6. "Zori Islama".

All editions of the digital collection can be searched in full text in Cyrillic and in transliteration; it is also possible to browse the individual editions of the database. Individual pages can be downloaded in the original layout as PDF files.

Russian Islamic Studies

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The Russian Social Sciences and Humanities Periodicals (UDB-EDU) collection provides researchers with a unique opportunity to cross-search the contents of major Russian periodicals on a wide variety of subjects. The collection features Russian journals on sociology, philosophy, history, economics, pedagogics, politology, law, and more. It also includes all 31 journals of the Russian Academy of Sciences, ranging in focus from archaeology to linguistics, as well as popular literary editions and independent scholarly publications. The following journals are of particular interest for historical research on Eastern Europe:

  • "Istoriia i istoriki" – with issues from 2001 to 2014
  • "Novaia i noveishaia istoriia" – with issues from 2000 onwards
  • "Rossiiskaia istoriia" ­– with issues from 2000 onwards
  • "Russia in Global Affairs" – with issues from 2003 onwards
  • "Russkaia istoria" – with issues from 2011 to 2016
  • "Srednie veka" – with issues from 2016 onwards
  • "Svobodnaia mysl‘: teoreticheskii i politicheskii zhurnal" – with issues from 2011 to 2017
  • "Vestnik drevnei istorii" – with issues from 2000 onwards
  • "Voprosy istorii: ezhemesiachnyi zhurnal" – with issues from 1945 onwards

All journals can be searched in full text. Browsing the individual issues of a journal is also possible. The articles can be downloaded as PDFs.

Russian Social Sciences and Humanities Periodicals (UDB-EDU)

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The "Universitetskaya Biblioteka Online" is an online repository that provides access to about 70,000 Russian-language e-books and e-journals. Its focus is on the humanities, with most publications dealing with Russia. Researchers of Eastern Europe can find monographs and anthologies on history, politics, sociology, religion and law, among other subjects. In addition, the repository offers access to fine arts literature, including titles by Russian writers from the 18th to the 20th century.

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One of the earliest and most influential literary and political journals in Russia, published in three series: 1802-1830, 1866-1918 and 2001 to the present day. The period 1866-1918 is currently not available in digital form. From 2001 the title is available free of charge on the Internet. About 57,000 pages have been digitised. (In Germany access is free due to national licence)

Details in the Database Information System (DBIS)

Vestnik Evropy

Voprosy Istorii Complete Collection contains all the texts of the Russian journal of the same name since the beginning of its publication in 1926, and is published in the following sections: Istorik-Marksist (merged into Istoriceskij Zurnal), Borba Klassov, Istoriceskij Zurnal, Voprosy Istorii. (In Germany access is free due to national licence)

Details in the Database Information System (DBIS)

Voprosy Istorii Complete Collection

WBIS Online is a biographical database providing biographical information on over 6 million people from the 8th century B.C. to the present. Included are 8.5 million digital facsimile articles from biographical reference works.

The following biographical archives dealing with Eastern Europe offer full-text access:

  • Baltic Biographical Archive
  • Biographical Archive of the Soviet Union
  • Russian Biographical Archive

World Biographical Information System Online

Further e-books and e-journals

Use the Database Information System (DBIS) to search for further e-book and journal collections. Electronic journals can also be found in the German Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB) and in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).

Database Information System (DBIS)

Electronic Journals Library (EZB)

German Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB)


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