Databases allow you to do your literature search independent of whether literature is available at Bamberg University or not.

Most of the databases for which we have licences are subject-specific ones that are relevant to the subjects you can study at Bamberg University. This is where you can find articles published in scientific journals and conference documents as well as chapters in books and information about current and completed research projects.

Furthermore, we offer general bibliographical databases, bookstore databases, facts and figure databases (e.g. data about companies), reference books, dictionaries, and newspaper databases.


Access is granted via the Database Information System (DBIS). There you will find a brief description of each database.

Databases that are subject to licences can be used within the University network or on your own computer via VPN. A few select databases can only be used in the halls of the Library.

In many databases, the texts are available as PDF files. If that is not so, you can still look for the SFX button to see whether or not the text is available in print or online at the Bamberg University Library. If a given database does not offer SFX, you will need to search the Online Catalogue yourself to see if the desired literature is available.

Courses and Online Tutorials

The University Library regularly offers introductory courses on how to use databases.

Our online tutorials offer a brief introduction into the functions and search options of the most frequently used database.

Contacts at the Library

For content-related questions, please contact one of our subject librarians (depending on the subject).

For technical questions, please contact the Department of Electronic Resources at the University Library: emedien.ub(at)