The library's electronic resources - an overview

In addition to the “classic” library holdings (e.g. books and magazines), which are usually available in printed form, electronic resources are becoming more and more important. It is impossible to imagine our library without information. The users of the University Library can now access a rich portfolio of e-resources.
Against this background, the following contribution is a compact guide to our digital library holdings and their use. The University Library offers access to a large number of scientific e-books, electronic journals (“e-journals” for short) and databases. As a publication platform for online publications by members of the university, the University Library also operates the electronic document server “HilDok”.
Licensed electronic resources are available throughout the campus - the IP address space of the University of Hildesheim is activated. University members can use a VPN-connection to access computers that are outside the campus network. Authentication via Shibboleth is also possible in some cases.
These restrictions do not apply to freely accessible e-resources.


The University Library offers an extensive selection of e-books for all disciplines represented at the university. The easiest way to find them is through our online catalog. You can tell whether a title is available as an e-book by the e-book label. Search results can be filtered accordingly.
By clicking on the link “Full text” you will be forwarded to the external website of the publisher and you can open, read or download the e-book from there. The download and print options vary depending on the provider. In most cases, you will receive a PDF file (for the entire content or individual chapters). The EPUB format, which is suitable for e-book readers, is often offered for newer publications.
With a few exceptions, so-called “multi-user access” is possible for all e-books - therefore there is no restriction with regards to simultaneous use by any number of people.

Our largest e-book providers include the publishing platforms of De Gruyter and SpringerLink. A complete overview can be found on this page. There you will also find information about the licensed e-book quotas.Newly acquired e-books are shown in the library catalog with a delay and should therefore be searched for on the publisher's website itself.

Observe the provisions of copyright law and the respective terms of use.

Electronic Journals

Magazines are of particular importance for communication within a scientific community. Here you can find new research results or current issues being critically discussed. The trend for electronic journals is similar to that for e-books: Our stock of e-journals is also growing steadily and ideally complements or replaces the printed stock. Direct access to individual articles in electronic form facilitates access to current and reliable scientific information. The effort required from search to availability is much less than with printed publications. The service of the University Library includes current journals from all subject areas, but also enables access to digital journal archives (e.g. JSTOR).
All e-journals are recorded in the online catalog of the University Library. There is a filter option for this form of publication. The “Electronic Journal Library” (EZB) offers better search options. Only e-journals are listed in it. You can search by subject, journal title, keyword, publisher, ISSN, etc. The EZB is not suitable for researching individual journal articles!

The so-called “inventory information” is of particular importance for both electronic and printed magazines. The EZB provides you with detailed information about the publication period for which access to individual e-journals is activated. Not all years of a magazine are always available in digital form. The latest issues or volumes are only released for access after a certain waiting time.

Please also observe the provisions of copyright law and the respective terms of use for e-journals.


Scientific Databases

The very broad term “databases” describes very different electronic information services. Databases differ with regards to the information collected, content topics and access options among other things . There are, for example, literature databases, fact databases, statistical databases, but also databases in which digitized archive material, audio or video files and much more are being held.

You can get the most complete overview of the databases available at the University Library with the “Database Information System” (DBIS). There you will find both freely accessible and paid databases licensed by the University Library. As an entry point, DBIS offers a list sorted by subject. In addition, you can search for database name, keyword, database type, possible use, etc.

The specialist literature databases are of particular importance. Their use is indispensable for a differentiated and comprehensive literature search. For example, the database “RILM Abstracts of Music Literature” lists international literature on all areas of musicology and related fields. The online database “Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft” is a particularly important working tool for German studies. Literature databases are usually not inventories of individual libraries, but aim to document the entire volume of publications for a scientific discipline (e.g. psychology, linguistics, economics, etc.) as comprehensively as possible. Publications freely available on the Internet are increasingly being taken into account. In this context.

The so-called “full-text databases” are particularly convenient. They contain not only descriptive (referential) references, but also the complete original texts in digital form. Representative examples are the ACM Digital Library for the areas of computer science and information technology or PsycARTICLES for psychology.

In cases where there are no full texts, so-called “link resolvers” help to check whether the sources found are available in your own library. The UB Hildesheim uses the link resolver “SFX”. You can find out more on this topic on this page.

Hildesheim document server “HilDok”

HilDok is the publication server of the Hildesheim University Library. It is used for the electronic publication of scientific work by members of the University of Hildesheim. All documents can be downloaded free of charge.
A search or browsing function is available for researching the database.