osmikonSEARCH benefits from making German and international research literature on Eastern, Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe as comprehensively and easily accessible as possible. To this end, we are continuously working on expanding the searchable data pool.
The data sources contained in osmikonSEARCH can also be searched individually. Use the option to make a selection underneath the search mask. By default, all data sources are searched simultaneously. (This search mode is not indicated by a check mark.)
Currently osmikonSEARCH includes the following data sources which you can search simultaneously for a query:
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich (BSB) owns one of the most extensive and important collections of Eastern European books worldwide. It comprises about 1.4 million volumes, about 5,000 current journals, historical and modern maps, newspapers, mediaeval and modern manuscripts, a large collection of microfilmed archival material as well as diverse electronic documents.
The photo archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) preserves about 2.2 million photos and illustrations in original graphic techniques. Despite its focus on Bavaria, the collection also includes remarkable holdings related to Eastern Europe. Two partial collections can currently be searched via osmikonSEARCH: The photo archive of Heinrich Hoffmann (1885-1957); “Hitler’s photographer”, who at times also documented the war on the Eastern Front. In addition, there is the photo estate of Freiherr Peter von Wrangel (Baron Pëtr Nikolaevič Vrangel), General of the White Army in the Russian Civil War. All digitised pictures may be purchased on request in high, reproducible resolution; the publication of the pictures is subject to approval and, usually, a fee.
The Library Catalogue of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) lists holdings with the following key areas: History and the current situation of the German and international labour movement; German and international social and contemporary history; current publications by political parties and trade unions in Germany and selected countries as well as FES publications in full text.
The Seliger Archive comprises the historical archive of the “Community of Like-Minded Sudeten German Social Democrats” as well as the pertinent extensive collection of primary and secondary sources on the history of the Sudeten German labour movement in the Bohemian states. The holdings also cover the period after 1945 and have been kept in the library of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation since 1989.
The Solidarność collection in the library of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation includes printed “underground material” in Polish from the years 1980 to 1990. In accordance with its name, the collection focuses on material connected to the trade union Solidarność. Other publications originate in particular from the university environment.
The library catalogue of the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, Germany contains research literature and various other material on political, cultural, economic and social history as well as regional studies on East Central Europe. Beyond books, journals and newspapers, the research library also collects music and films. Priority is also given to “grey” literature. In addition to a smaller inventory of older material, a large part of the collection is from the 20th and 21st centuries.
In the online database of its image archive, the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg records the digitised images from the Institute’s collections as well as additional image sources from joint digitisation projects conducted with cooperating partners. The collection comprises a wide range of material on present-day Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Königsberg region. One focus is on photography and postcards from the late nineteenth century - including photos of the German invasion of Poland in 1939 – as well as some 6,300 aerial photos of East Central Europe taken by the German Air Force during 73 photographic campaigns between 1942 and 1945.
The holdings of the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg/Germany include around 40,000 topographic maps. The majority of these maps relate to Eastern Europe; however, there are also some depictions of other parts of the world. Most of the maps date from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
The library of the Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies (IdGL) in Tübingen is a special library on the history, literature, culture and regional studies of South Eastern Europe. The library’s thematic focus is on migration and inter-ethnic relations in the region, with particular emphasis on German minorities and relations between South-Eastern and Central Europe.
The special catalogue “Finno-Ugric Studies” is a special section of the GBV* network database. It contains the special holdings of the State and University Library of Lower Saxony at Göttingen in the fields of Finno-Ugric Studies, Finland, Hungary, Estonian language, literature and folklore - including books, journals, microforms, maps, digital full texts etc.
* Joint Library Network of the federal states Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thüringen and of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK).
The Slavonic Library in Prague is one of the most important research libraries on the history and culture of the Slavic peoples and countries and the Russian exile after 1917. The library collection comprises almost 900,000 volumes of books and periodicals (status 2021), and is also famous for its maps, posters, visual and art materials, and collections of rare and precious documents. Every year, it acquires approximately 9,000 new volumes.
The Berlin State Library houses one of the world's most important collections of Eastern European literature outside the region. It contains about 1.4 million books. About 12,000 volumes are added every year. Of the total of 20,000 East European printed journals and newspapers, 3,150 are currently subscribed to on an ongoing basis, including parliamentary and government publications. Eastern European literature is purchased in more than 30 original languages. Publications on Eastern Europe in Western European languages - mainly in German, English and French - are acquired in addition. At present, osmikonSEARCH allows research on Eastern and Southeastern European acquisitions from the last 30 years.
The Jewish Studies Collection of the Frankfurt University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg is maintained by the Specialised Information Service Jewish Studies and ranges among the most important collections worldwide of its kind. The collection covers scientific publications in various languages on religious and intellectual history, on the history of Jewish literature and culture, on economic history of the Jews, on Jewish law, Anti-Semitism and migration as well as information on geography and politics of the state of Israel or the Mideast conflict. osmikonSEARCH offers a selection of titles related to Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
The Union Catalogue Eastern Europe (VOE) lists the digitised holdings of over thirty special libraries and cultural-scientific institutions in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. The range of subjects includes history, literature, linguistics, genealogy, theology, music and art.
The catalogue of the library in the Research Centre for Eastern and South Eastern Europe (WiOS) contains scientific specialist literature in the fields of history, economics, law, politics, literature and linguistics (Slavic studies, Finno-Ugric studies, Romanian studies, Albanology), regional studies, society, culture and religion of all countries in Eastern and South Eastern Europe. It also offers direct access to digital copies and metadata of the GeoPortOst map collection.
ARTOS lists articles and reviews from around 400 journals and selected anthologies from a wide field of research in the humanities and social sciences on Eastern Europe. The article database has been continuously updated since 2016, but in some cases also includes older volumes of the journals processed. ARTOS is a Germany-wide cooperation between German and Eastern European special libraries and is coordinated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
The essay database Eastern Europe lists essays from about 80 historical journals and ca. 250 anthologies. It is provided by the library of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) Regensburg.
The essay database Eastern Europe is exclusively searchable via osmikonSEARCH.
The “Focus on Eastern and South Eastern Europe” offers a regional, daily updated selection from the news archive of the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. All reports and analyses on the region published on the online portal of the DW.com channel since 2010 are documented. The database is updated daily with the latest news.
The database contains tables of contents of specialist journals with a focus on the Baltic countries in the fields of culture, regional studies, history, politics, language, literature and folklore. Essays and reviews published in 1993 and later are included.
The database contains tables of contents of specialist journals on the history, politics, regional studies, folklore and the information system of the countries of Eastern, Eastern Central and South Eastern Europe as well as on Slavic languages and literatures. The database contains essays published in 1998 and later. The database of “Online Contents Slavic Studies” is also included.
Periodicals Index Online (PIO) enables the search for essays in several thousand journals of the humanities and social sciences. ProQuest’s electronic catalogue contains publications on more than 37 subject areas and in over 40 languages and dialects.
Access is possible throughout Germany thanks to a DFG-funded national licence. To include PIO in your search in osmikonSEARCH, you must be logged in.
recensio.net is a Europe-wide, multilingual online platform for reviews of historical literature. recensio.net gathers reviews of recent historical publications in specialist journals on one platform. recensio.net is a joint project of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) Munich, the University of Cologne and the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) Mainz.
The Eastern European Journals Catalogue offers access to the tables of contents of about 150 relevant specialist journals on the history of Eastern, Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe from the years 2002 to 2015. The direct search for included essays is possible via full-text search; please use the search field “All”. The Eastern European Journals Catalogue is provided by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich.
The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) is one of the world’s largest search engines for scientific electronic documents. The service is operated by Bielefeld University Library, which collects and catalogues metadata from freely accessible document servers. The majority of the recorded titles are freely accessible in full text (Open Access); for the remaining content, direct access is often possible via licence control - usually via IP check.
“Bohemia” is the only academic journal in Western Europe dedicated primarily to the history and civilisation of Bohemia, Czechoslovakia and the Czech and Slovak Republics. The journal has been published once a year since 1960 and twice a year since 1980. New issues with a moving wall of 24 months are available in Open Access format on Bohemia-online.
The Association of Digital Libraries of Poland (FBC) combines the digital holdings of Poland’s leading cultural and scientific institutions (libraries, archives, museums) in a shared database. A large part of the digitised material is directly accessible in Open Access format. “osmikon” offers access to the entire FBC database, with the exception of the digitised documents of the Polish National Library.
The OstDok repository offers access to digitised and original electronic publications from the entire field of interdisciplinary Eastern European studies. All titles are freely available in full text. OstDok is a joint initiative of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Collegium Carolinum, the Herder Institute and the Leibniz Institute of Eastern and South Eastern European Studies
The Journal of East Central European Studies (ZfO) is a renowned German and English language journal on the history and culture of the historical countries and regions on the borders of today’s states of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as well as in areas of today’s states Belarus, Russia (exclave Kaliningrad), Ukraine and Hungary. The ZfO has been published quarterly since 1952, until 1994 as “Zeitschrift für Ostforschung” (Journal for Research on the East). In the ZfO-online all issues published at least two years previously are available in Open Access format.
The German Historical Bibliography (DHB) is a special bibliography on general German history. It is the successor of the “Annual Reports on German History” completed in 2015 and of the “Historical Bibliography” discontinued in 2013. As a result, it pursues two goals: 1. The DHB mainly records German and foreign-language publications on German history from the early Middle Ages to the present. 2. If possible, the DHB also lists publications by German historians unrelated to German history.
The Historical Bibliography contains the historical specialist literature currently published by German historians and supplemented by a selection of foreign titles. The Yearbook of Historical Research is also included. It collects the still unpublished historical research literature that is currently being developed at German university and non-university research institutions.
The Historical Bibliography, established and maintained by the Association of Historical Research Institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany (AHF), provides access to the specialist historical literature currently published by German historians and supplemented by a selection of foreign titles. The Yearbook of Historical Research is also included. It collects the still unpublished specialist historical literature produced at German university and non-university research institutions. Due to the dissolution of the AHF in late 2013, the database will not be expanded for the foreseeable future. The German Historical Bibliography (DHB) is currently being developed as a new specialist bibliographical service as part of the Specialised Information Service (FID) for History.
The “International Bibliography of Pre-Petrine Russia” is a special bibliography on the history of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus up to c.1700. It lists the specialist literature published since 1993 and is maintained by the Leibniz Institute of for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg.
The “International Bibliography of Pre-Petrine Russia” is exclusively searchable via osmikonSEARCH.
The special bibliography contains monographs and essays on religion in the former Yugoslavia with a focus on the post-1918 period and on the “Serbo-Croatian” areas (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo).
The special bibliography “Religion in the former Yugoslavia” is exclusively searchable via osmikonSEARCH.
OstNet is a database for scientifically relevant websites and online documents on the history, culture, politics and society of the countries and regions of East, East Central and Southeast Europe. The offer is jointly maintained and continuously expanded by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich and the Herder Institute Marburg.
Library Catalogue of the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe
containing research literature and various other material on political, cultural, economic and social history as well as regional studies on East Central Europe.
Frankfurt University Library: Jewish Studies Collection
providing access to the holdings on Eastern Europe out of one of the most important collections worldwide of its kind.