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Research options and access to full-texts despite the coronavirus

Tips and information for your research while coronavirus-related restrictions are in place.

To avoid the spread of the coronavirus, the University and State Library Bonn (ULB) is closed until further notice.
For this very reason, it is all the more important to be able to research digitally from home and to access full-texts. We recommend a full-text search in our search portal bonnus (tips and tricks can be found under bonnus made easy), as well as a comprehensive search in databases. DBIS (Datenbank Informationssystem) allows you to identify specific specialist databases and filter per subject area. The most important databases in many subjects can be found under the "TOP databases". Every entry also contains the individual terms of use. Under "Sammlungen" you will find numerous e-Book platforms where the ULB has licensed eBook packages or single titles. Under "Further databases" (weitere Datenbanken), you can also find many free databases. Via "Change Search" (Suche ändern), you can also further narrow down the search results based on e.g. subject areas.

Members of the University of Bonn can access the full-texts via VPN connection or Shibboleth. Read more on how to use of e-media items from home.

In addition, our information team is currently offering individual telephone consultation appointments on the subject of literature research. Please write to information@ulb.uni-bonn.de and make an appointment.

 

Special regulations and information on current terms of use for electronic media

Particularly in this special time, we strive to offer our users the best possible service. Due to the current coronavirus-related service restrictions, access to our premises is not possible. Therefore, we aim to make our offers available to you, independent of your location, by constantly expanding our licence-portfolio. In addition, some providers graciously offer an extension of the license terms, for which we would like to thank them.
All of this information is continuously updated in the tables below. We also keep track of all terms of use and latest changes in DBIS, our Datenbank Infosystem.

Interdisciplinary databases

Database Authorized persons Additional contents Offer until... As of
AKJournals / Akademia Kiado-Verlag All (without limitation) Access to all journals of the publishing house end of May May 14, 2020
Annual Reviews All (without limitation) all content June 15, 2020 May 4, 2020

Beck eLibrary

ULB license

Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth) over 2,000 eBooks are activated June 30, 2020 April 21, 2020
Bloomsbury Collection Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) all content Test access until May 31, 2020 April 03, 2020

Brill E-Book

ULB license

Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) all eBook collections on the platform are accessible May 14, 2021 May 7, 2020
Cambridge Core Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) advanced content June 30, 2020 May 18, 2020
ClinicalKey Student

Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth)

Prerequisite: one-time registration with personal University email address (see brief instructions (in German))

    April 07, 2020
De Gruyter Online / E-Books
Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth) Over 75,000 eBooks are availabe until June 30, 2020.List with the publishers involved and a title overview June 30, 2020 April 15, 2020
Digitale SAP-Bibliothek Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) extended test access May 31, 2020 April 06, 2020
Drama Online Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) all content Test access until May 31, 2020 April 06, 2020
Duke University Press Books Collection Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) all eBooks are accessible Test access until July 15, 2020 April 21, 2020
Duke University Press Journals Online Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) in addition to our licensed eJournals, all other eJournals are accessible to members of the University of Bonn Test access until July 15, 2020 April 21, 2020
eLibrary Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) Textbook package Test access until June 30, 2020 April 21, 2020
Elsevier text books
Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) all textbooks (list of textbooks updated weekly) June 15, 2020 May 5, 2020
Érudit All (without limitation) The 12-month Moving Pay Wall was temporarily suspended for 63 scientific journals Test access until June 30, 2020 April 21, 2020

Europäisches Arzneibuch

ULB licence

Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) (after creating a personal account) The database is temporarily accessible via VPP for users with individual accounts. expected end of the year May 26, 2020

F.A.Z. - das Bibliotheksportal

ULB license

Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth) Articles are now accessible from home. December 31, 2020 April 09, 2020
Franz Steiner Verlag eLibrary Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection)   Test access until June 30, 2020 April 20, 2020
Hirzel eLibrary Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) Textbooks from the media group Deutscher Apotheker Verlag (title list) Test access until June 30, 2020 April 23, 2020
JSTOR Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth) extended offer, including access to 20,000 eBooks (see list of unlocked content) June 15, 2020 April 06, 2020
Loeb Classical Library Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) all content Test access until June 30, 2020 May 5, 2020

Mohr Siebeck

ULB licence

Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth) Complete package May 2021 May 26, 2020
Oxford Handbooks Online / Political Science Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection)   Test access until December 31, 2020 April 07, 2020
Oxford Handbooks Online / Religion
Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection)   Test access until December 31, 2020 April 15, 2020
Project Muse
All (without limitation) Content of participating publishers (list of titles updated daily) temporarily March 18, 2020

SAGE Knowledge Books + Reference

ULB licence

Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) all content July 31, 2020 May 13, 2020
Springer Link Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth) Access to over 500 selected textbooks from various subject areas (extensive title list). In addition, all corona-specific medical publications are freely accessible. July 31, 2020 April 09, 2020
Thieme eRef E-Books
Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) Access to all eRef text books Test access until June 30, 2020 April 15, 2020
Translated Texts for Historians E-Library Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) 50 single titles are accessible Test access until June 28, 2020 May 6, 2020

Wiley-VCH-Lehrbuchkollektion 1

ULB license

Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth) Single titles December 31, 2020 April 29, 2020

Legal databases

Database Authorized persons Additional contents Offer until... As of
Beck-Online

Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection)

Prerequisite: one-time registration with personal University email address within the university network, see instructions.
If you already have your own account, you can continue to use it with a VPN connection.

Until August 31, 2020, the Corona and COVID 19 module is also activated. temporarily no automatic dial-up in the university network -
Registration required
May 13, 2020
ESVcampus
Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) all eJournals of the Erich-Schmidt-Verlag (incl. archive access) June 30, 2020 April 06, 2020
Großkommentar AktG Online Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth) all content Test access until May 31, 2020 April 06, 2020
JURIS Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) Additional module „Zusatzmodul Hochschulen“ (especially full texts of journals and comments) June 15, 2020 March 24, 2020
Leipziger Kommentar StGB Online Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth) all content Test access until May 31, 2020 April 06, 2020
Löwe-Rosenberg StPO Online Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth) all content Test access until May 31, 2020 April 06, 2020

Nomos eLibrary

ULB license

Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) jurisprudential eBooks July 31, 2020 May 04, 2020
Staub HGB Online Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection or Shibboleth) all contents Test access until May 31, 2020 April 06, 2020
Staudinger Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection)   December 31, 2020 April 15, 2020
Wolters Kluwer Digital Book
Members of the University of Bonn (via VPN connection) all content May 31, 2020 April 06, 2020

More free search options and full-text collections

Regardless of Corona, there is a large number of free search engines and full-text collections. These can be used by everyone without restrictions on use. A comprehensive list of free databases can be found in the respective subject overview or under General / Interdisciplinary in DBIS (Datenbank . In the following you will also find a small selection of interdisciplinary search engines and full-text collections:

Title Specifics
BASE
World's largest search engine for scientific web documents
Deutsches Textarchiv Interdisciplinary and cross-genre basic stock of German-language texts with a focus on the early 16th to the early 20th century (1500 titles from the period from about 1600 to 1900).
DOAB  
DOAJ Contains almost 2.5 million articles of 9475 journals in all subject areas (as of 06/2017)
HathiTrust
Extensive full-text collection, shared digital library of important US research and university libraries and the Biblioteca de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Internet Archive (National Emergency Library)
1.4 million eBooks available for borrowing free of charge. Up to 10 eBooks can be borrowed for 2 weeks at a time. Most books in English, but also more than 13,000 German books. Registration necessary.
KVK - Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog
Meta search engine for the detection of several hundred million media in library and book trade catalogs worldwide. Meta search for freely available digital media.
OpenEdition Books / OpenEdition Journals
extended content (detailed list (continuously updated) with exact conditions)
Projekt Gutenberg Comprehensive e-book collection, especially of primary texts.
Webis - Sammelschwerpunkte an deutschen Bibliotheken
Overview of all Specialised Information Services at German libraries

 
bonnus made easy

Via the search portal bonnus and further research tools, you can carry out your research as usual. However, there are a few points that you should keep in mind when sourcing literature for your research.
Due to the closing of the ULB, the sourcing of printed media is limited until further notice. While searching for "Holding Uni Bonn" via the search portal bonnus continues to be possible, access to the printed media is not granted for the time being. Until further notice, the ordering and reserving of literature is not possible.

For information on the current restrictions, please refer to our FAQ on coronavirus-related closure.

Search for specific titles or persons

Simply enter your search criterion in the basic search or a specific search field.
You can directly filter your results with "Full Text + Libraries Uni Bonn". Displayed will be the titles which you can access electronically as well as licensed eBooks, eJournals or available databases. "Holdings Uni Bonn" are not available at the moment. We recommend that you save this information in your favourites as it may be helpful at a later stage.


By clicking on the link "Fulltext", you should usually get direct access to the electronic content. The search portal bonnus finds numerous licensed and free electronic media (eBooks, articles or eJournals). Members of the University of Bonn continue to have access to licensed electronic media (e-media) from home as usual, despite the ULB closure.
In order to use the licensed e-media, you must dial into the network of the University of Bonn via VPN connection or via authentication through Shibboleth. Using e-media from home is therefore very easy!

Apart from licensed media, bonnus also locates numerous free sources which are also open to non-members of the University.

Search by topic

If you wish to carry out a comprehensive search by topic, just enter your search terms and check the results without setting any filters. Check the status of the individual hits:

  • Fulltext = You can access the content electronically. By clicking this link, you are usually directed straight to the relevant full text which may only be accessible via the University network. If you are a member of the University of Bonn, you can access almost all e-media from home.
  • Holdings Uni Bonn = This refers to printed media located in the libraries of the University of Bonn. At the moment, these cannot be used and, equally, orders and reservations are not possible.
    Still interested? Then save the title for later in your favourites.
  • Available in Bonn? = Availability is not fully traceable. Via our Linkresolver SFX, you are suggested further options such as "Fulltext", the info that another "Holdings Uni Bonn" is available or the interlibrary loan, if applicable. Currently, the last two options are not at your disposal.
    Still interested? Then save the title for later in your favourites.

 

FAQ – Use of electronic media

How can I use electronic media from home?

Use of licensed electronic media from home is possible via VPN connection or Shibboleth. Please find information on the use of electronic media here.

I found a provider with Shibboleth, but I cannot dial in for the University of Bonn. What shall I do?

Authentication for Shibboleth is not yet possible with all providers. If you notice a provider using "Shibboleth" without the option to authenticate, please contact us at ebib@ulb.uni-bonn.de.

I would like to use Rosetta Stone also from home. What steps are required?

Members of the University of Bonn can make use of all services offered by the language portal Rosetta Stone from home.
Please note that you must be connected to the University network to complete the initial registration.  Make sure to connect to the University network via VPN first before starting your registration - otherwise you will only see a blank page.

I would like to register with Rosetta Stone, but I only see a blank page. What shall I do?

Please note that you must be connected to the University network to complete the initial registration. Make sure to connect to the University network via VPN first before starting your registration - otherwise you will only see a blank page. Further information on the use of the language portal Rosetta Stone is available on our website.

I would like to register with Rosetta Stone, but all I get is an error message. What shall I do?

Please note that you must be connected to the University network to complete the initial registration. Make sure to connect to the University network via VPN first before starting your registration–otherwise you will only get an error message. Further information on the use of the language portal Rosetta Stone is available on our website.
 

 

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