Based on two example searches, we will show you how to proceed with a search. You will also learn how you can browse freely in the database without a specific search term.
Why is it worth researching in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek?
You can use our portal for various purposes: for searches in museum collections, travel preparations, family research, research for school and science or simply to browse.
The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek makes Germany's cultural heritage digitally available. In concrete terms, this means that you are looking not only in a single collection, but in collections of very different kinds. Museums, archives, media libraries and other institutions make their data visible in our portal. In so doing, they can be found in a central location. The objects listed are as different as our cooperation partners. We have books, artworks, archives, audio documents, videos and much more. More than a third of these entries are also available as digital copies. This allows you to access a digitised version of an object online without having to go to libraries, museums or archives. In addition, these are repeatedly checked data that are clearly marked with regard to their origin and rights of use.
Let's take a closer look!
Search 1: In Marlene Dietrich's wardrobe
You are interested in Marlene Dietrich and fashion. For a private lecture at your film club, you are looking for photographs of the film diva in elegant evening dresses. You can do a standard search in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. You can then narrow down the search results found in this way step by step. We'll show you how!
You select the Standard search and below the Objects tab, because you are interested in photographs (= objects). Then you type your search term "Marlene Dietrich" into the search form directly below. Check Digitized objects only. You will now only be shown objects that can be retrieved in digital form.