Digital Ressources

GEI-Digital – The Digital Textbook Library >

GEI-Digital provides free access to digitalised historic textbooks in a range of collections and allows users to carry out full-text searches in the GEI holdings that have been digitalised thus far.

GEI-DZS - The Georg Eckert Institute’s database of approved textbooks for German state schools >

These textbooks are for the subjects geography, history, and social studies (politics) for all federal Länder. (The database contains textbooks from school year 2009/10 onwards).

Curricula Workstation >

The Curricula Workstation acts as a central point of access to curricula from Germany and around the world in print and electronic formats. Accessible worldwide, it is a permanent research resource for curricula in history, geography, social and political studies, and ethics/religious education.

TextbookCat >

The TextbookCat research tool, which has been developed in a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), opens up new possibilities for searching the textbook collection:

  • to browse holdings
  • search criteria designed specifically for textbook searches, such as the country or German federal state for which a textbook is approved for use, subject, school type or level of education, …)

FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank >

Die FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank ist die größte Datenbank für
Pädagogik im deutschsprachigen Raum. Sie bietet über das Fachportal
Pädagogik des Deutschen Instituts für Internationale Pädagogische
Forschung (DIPF) umfassende bibliographische Nachweise zu allen
Teilbereichen des Bildungswesens.

Databank-Infosystem (Datenbank-Infosystem, DBIS) >

In addition to its own inventory the GEI Library also provides external resources for use over the Internet. The Databank-Infosystem (Datenbank-Infosystem, DBIS) is a cooperative service for the use of academic databases.

Electronic Periodical Library (EZB) >

The Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek EZB (Electronic Journals Library) offers an effective use of both scientific and academic journals publishing full text articles in the internet.

National Licenses for Electronic Media >

The German Research Community has financed the purchase of national licences since 2004. These licences allow German institutes of higher education, research institutions and academic libraries to improve their inventory of electronic specialist literature. 

Free access to the databases is available only in the buildings of the Georg Eckert Institute.

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DigiZeitschriften (the German digital journal archive) >

DigiZeitschriften is a digital archive of retrospectively digitised academic journals. The digital journal repository mainly contains leading German-language journals; those with a long print run and a long research tradition. Access to the articles can be gained through libraries and research institutions which have licensed DigiZeitschriften for their users.

As a licence is required to view journals in DigiZeitschriften, free access is only available in Georg Eckert Institute buildings.


JSTOR is an academic portal providing access to content from international journals and journal archives. Current content from open-access journals is also freely available. Back issues of chargeable periodicals can be searched using a “moving wall” or in closed-access journal archives.

The portal’s focus is on the humanities and on Anglo-American titles. The GEI currently subscribes to six collections encompassing over 800 journals.

The Georg Eckert Institute provides free access to JSTOR on its premises only.

Links for specialist research >

The Library of the Georg Eckert Institute has compiled a list of links, arranged by topic, for specialist research.