Data Sources

Data Sources Integrated into

Via its search interface offers random access to publications relevant to research in all forms of media. The search in the full texts of selected text collections is also possible. facilitates search in the special collection catalogues for “European Art History until 1945 and General Fine Arts” (UB Heidelberg) and ”Art after 1945, Photography, Industrial and Graphic Design” (Dresden SLUB). Resources also include books, magazines and articles, images and databases of various provenances.

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The search function at includes the resources listed below. This list will be added to as new resources become available.

  • Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
    Those collections of the library system of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s museums and institutes which are relevant for academic art historical and scientific research have been integrated into the search: Alte and Neue Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Gemäldegalerie, the Sculpture Collection, Kupferstichkabinett, Museum of Decorative Arts, Numismatic Collection, Rathgen Research Laboratory, Institute for Museum Research and the collection of the Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek.

  • SLUB Dresden
    The catalogue of the special interest collection for ”Art after 1945, Photography, Industrial and Graphic Design” references about 158,000 titles of books, magazines, theses and articles. It also includes new acquisitions of the SLUB Dresden since 1996, and is regularly updated by new and retrospective acquisitions. These resources are supra-regionally available via interlibrary loan and document delivery service.

  • Hamburger Kunsthalle
    The reference library of the Hamburger Kunsthalle comprises more than 200,000 media on art history. The collection focuses on artists' monographs, critical lists of works, exhibition and collection catalogues, about 1,000 20th century artist's books, 2,000 illustrated books of the 15th - 19th centuries, as well as 295 current periodicals. The focus is on the collection areas and research activities of the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
  • Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
    In the catalogue of the special interest collection for “European Art History until 1945 and General Fine Arts” users can research approximately 450,000 volumes, more than 6,300 journals, and approximately 25,000 essays online as well as an extensive range of electronic literature. These resources are supra-regionally available via interlibrary loan and document delivery service.

  • documenta Archiv Kassel
    The extensive specialized collection on contemporary art of the documenta Archiv Kassel’s reference library is searchable via

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  • Base - Bielefeld Academic Search Engin
    Base ist eine der weltweit größten Suchmaschinen speziell für frei im Sinne des Open Access zugängliche wissenschaftliche Dokumente im Internet. Betreiber der Suchmaschine BASE ist die Universitätsbibliothek Bielefeld. In ist der Fachausschnitt Kunst, Fotografie und Design integriert. Recherchierbar und zugänglich sind wissenschaftlichen Dokumente aus fachlich relevanten Online-Publikationen.

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In Zusammenarbeit mit Wissenschaftlern und Forschungsgruppen hostet und betreut die UB Heidelberg im Kontext von nachhaltige, datenbankgestützte Bibliographien mit relevanter Literatur zu verschiedenen kunsthistorischen Themen. Aktuell sind in die Suche Titel zu folgenden Themenbereichen integriert:

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  • ConArt
    ConArt - Contemporary Artists is the artist database of the special interest collection for "Art after 1945, Photography, Industrial and Graphic Design" provided by Deutsche Fotothek (German Photographic Collection). As a pivotal information system for all those interested in contemporary art and photography it offers biographical information on more than 160,000 contemporary artists, designers, graphic designers, photographers and architects. While searching users can access artist data directly via the ConArt interface

  • DBIS - Database Information System
    includes freely accessible and licensed scientific databases. The complete list of art databases has been integrated into the search Databases which are publicly available can be opened directly from Users interested in opening a database which requires a license will find a link to more detailed information in DBIS and the possibility, depending on the license areas, to continue the search in the database.

  • EZB - Electronic Journals Library
    This Electronic Journals Database contains free and licensed scientific full-text journals. It complements the search for full-text articles and is also integrated into the search

  • OLC Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft & OLC Architektura
    The Online Contents Sections of Arts & Art Sciences and Architecture & Civil Engineering catalogue the tables of contents of journals. They are both subject oriented selections from the Swets-Database Online Contents, which is regularly updated with selected journal titles by the special interest collection libraries SLUB Dresden and UB Heidelberg. Currently, 417 journals are being indexed in the section OLC Arts and Art Sciences - including back issues back to 1993. The daily updated database contains about 708,700 articles and reviews. In the section OLC Architecture and Civil Engineering 490 journals are indexed retrospectively back to the year 1993. Currently this database contains about 1,233,750 essays and reviews pertaining to the subject area architecture.

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Selected full-text collections are integrated into the search, which can be searched both in the metadata and in the indexed and OCRed full text.

National Licenses

Open access databases and digital text collections:

These databases are subject to the DFG National Licensing criteria.
National licenses allow free access all over Germany to all users of scientific libraries. Researchers with permanent residence in the Federal Republic of Germany can also set up an account free of charge at


Low-Cost Access to Databases

With the support of the DFG-funded Pay-per-Use procedure, up-to-date bibliographic databases and reference materials are available for users across Germany at a low cost. Please use the above link for detailed information concerning conditions and charges.