Directory of scientific databases (DBIS)
Directory of free and licensed scientific databases. There are currently more than 6,092 entries, around 2,067 databases are available free of charge on the internet. The entries are sorted by subjects. Among other specifications, the advanced search (Erweiterte Suche) allows you to search by keywords.

National licences for databases
Since 2004 the DFG (German Research Foundation) has financed national licences for databases, digital collections and electronic journals in order to improve access to electronic resources for German universities, research establishments and research libraries.

The following products have been included in the WZB electronic library collection:

America's Historical Newspapers
American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection / Series 1
American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection /Series 2
American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection /Series 3
American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection /Series 4
Annual Reviews Electronic Back Volume Collection 1932-2002ff
ARTbibliographies modern
Berkeley Electronic Press Academic Journals
Biological Abstracts Archive 1969-2004
Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles
BMJ Journals Online Collection
British Periodicals
Brill Journal Archive Online 1890 - 1999
Brill Nijhoff E-Books Collections / Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; International Law
Cambridge Journals Digital Archive
Central and Eastern European Online Library
Columbia International Affairs Online CIAO
Comintern Electronic Archives
De Gruyter Reference Global / Walter de Gruyter Archiv
Declassified Documents Reference System/DDRS
Digital National Security Archive/DNSA
(The) Economist - Historical Archive
Editoria Italiana Online
EHRAF World Cultures
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Eighteenth Century Journals
EIU Country Reports Archive
Elsevier Journal Backfiles on ScienceDirect 1907-2002
Emerald Fulltext Archive Database 1994-2005
Empire Online
Entscheidungssammlungen der Entscheidungen des Reichsgerichts in Zivilsachen (RGZ) und der Entscheidungen des Reichsgerichts in Strafsachen (RGSt)
Gerritsen Collection, The, Women's History Online
Historical Newspapers, ProQuest
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
Informa Healthcare Digital Archive
Integrum World Wide
Karger Journals / Karger Journals Archiv
Kluwer Law International Journals
Liebert on Line Archive
MacMillan Cabinet Papers 1957-1963
(The) Making of Modern Law/MOML 1, Legal treatises
(The) Making of Modern Law/MOML 2, U.S. supreme courts records and briefs
(The) Making of Modern Law/MOML 3, Trials 1600-1926
(The) Making of Modern Law/MOML 4, Primary  Sources 1620-1926
(The) Making of the Modern World: economics, politics and industry
Middle East Online, The / Series 1, Arab-Israeli Relations 1917 - 1970
Middle East Online, The / Series 2, Iraq 1914 - 1974
(The) Nation Digital Archive
The New Republic Archive
19th Century British Library Newspapers
19th Century U.S. Newspapers
Ovid Journals A-Z / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins "LWW Legacy Archive"
Oxford Journals Digital Archive 1849 -
Periodicals Archive Online/PAO 1802-1995
Periodicals Index Online/PIO 1770-1995
Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement 1945 - 1950
Sage Journals Online 1879 -
Science Classic Archiv 1880 - 1996
17th - 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
Social Sciences & Humanities (UDB-EDU)
Springer eBook Collection / Medicine 2005 - 2008
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2002
Taylor & Francis Online Archives 1799-2000
Thieme-connect/Thieme Zeitschriftenarchive
Times Literary Supplement Centenary Archive/TLS
Trans Tech Publications Archive
U.S. Congressional Serial Set
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2005
World Bank e-library
World Biographical Information System/WBIS

Many of these resources are available to individuals as well. Residents of the Federal Republic of Germany may register themselves at for free access.