(1) Click on the search field. A new search window with a grey background is opening.
(2) Enter your search term into the search box.
(3) Click the magnifying glass icon or press Enter.
The list of results shows all entries of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, corresponding to your search term. By checking the box "Only digitised objects", only objects with a digitised image will be displayed. Objects without digitalisat (finding aids, etc.) will not be displayed in the results list. Removing the check mark will search and display all objects – with or without digitalisat.
Number of search terms
You can enter multiple search terms into the search box, such as a person's first and last name and the place where he or she lived. The search results contain only entries in which all search terms occur. The more search terms you enter, the fewer results you get.
Tip: Start with one to three search terms and refine search results by using filters.
When searching, can you use placeholders, question mark ? and asterisks * for specific characters. The question mark ? matches any single character. The asterisk * stands for any number of characters. Characters consist of letters and numbers.
Placeholders are typically used when a term has multiple spellings or occurs as part of a word.
Inputting Schmi* will display names Schmidt and Schmitt.
Inputting Schiller*museum, will display Schiller Museum, Schiller National Museum, Schiller Museum, etc.
Placeholders can be at the end and anywhere within the search term.
Note: Placeholders cannot be placed at the beginning of the word.
View Total Inventory
To view the total holdings of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, type * in the search box, and then press Enter. Alternatively, you can leave the search box blank and press Enter.
The search results are displayed in a random order. You can browse through the search results and narrow them down using the filters.
If you do not know the correct spelling, you will be shown an alternative suggestion when viewing the results (“Did you mean…?”).