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General databases for unspecific research

Google Scholar
articles of books and journals, with abstracts and citations.


Indices of specialised databases for thematic research

Database-Infosystem (DBIS)
vast index of databases, free databases are marked.

Online Contents (OLC) databases
some databases are free, others only for users situated in Germany and in universities.

national licences Germany
databases licensed for free use in Germanys university networks.


mit Suche in den Datenbanken Sociological Abstracts (SA), Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (PS) und Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS), full results only for users situated in Germany. In German.

International Relations and Area Studies Gateway
with free access to the database World Affairs online (WAO) and others. In English.