OPAC and user account

The online catalogue (OPAC) provides information on the entire media inventory of the university library:

  • Books (printed and e-books)
  • Periodicals (printed and e-journals)
  • ASH Berlin final projects (Bachelor´s, Master´s and Diplom degree theses)
  • Audiovisual media
  • Loose-leaf collections

Journal articles are not included. These can be researched through selected special databases. You can find further information on this topic in the “Literature Search” section under "Database search".

Click here for OPAC

Choose "log on" from the OPAC menu to renew checked-out media, reserve books checked out to other users, or order media from the repository. You can also enquire about your fine status and change your password.

Personal data cannot be independently altered. In order to do this, please contact a library employee, either in person or by sending an e-mail.

For further information, please see the "Help" function of the OPAC.

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Using electronic resources

All users of the library can access the electronic resources (e-books, e-journals and databases) on the campus of the university. For members of the university, the content is also available outside of the university network. Please open the search pages via remote access and then chose the required e-resource.

Disclaimer: The library offers licensed content to its users solely for the purposes of their personal academic use. Users are not permitted to pass on contents either wholly or in part in digital form (e.g. electronic data storage media), by remote data transfer or in analogue form (e.g. paper copies). Copying licensed content or parts of licensed content for the purposes of distribution (including via the Internet) or distributing it (whether commercially or free of charge) is not permitted. Any translation, editing or other revision of licensed content or parts of licensed content is prohibited. The use of robot systems, spiders and crawlers and other automatic downloading programmes for the purposes of systematic and automatic searching, indexing or accessing licensed content is not allowed.

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The ASH Berlin library has acquired the access rights for over 25,000 e-books. The terms and conditions of use are prescribed by the individual publishing companies and providers. University members can also use the e-books outside of the university network. To access the e-books, go to "Fernzugriff (remote access)". on the research pages of the library and then select the relevant title. 

E-book collections of the ASH Berlin library by publisher / provider: 


Note: Cannot be researched via the OPAC; not available via remote access.    

Barbara Budrich Verlag

Note: E-books can be downloaded or printed out by the chapter as PDFs without restrictions.

 Beltz / Beltz Juventa

Note: E-books can be downloaded or printed out by the chapter as PDFs without restrictions.


Publishing houses: Barbara Budrich, Beltz, Juventa, Herder, Kohlhammer, Lambertus, transcript
Note: E-books can be downloaded or printed out by the chapter as PDFs without restrictions.    


Note: E-books can be downloaded or printed out by the chapter as PDFs without restrictions.


Note: E-books can be downloaded or printed out by the chapter as PDFs without restrictions.


Note: E-books can be downloaded or printed out by the chapter as PDFs without restrictions.


Note: E-books can be downloaded or printed out by the chapter as PDFs without restrictions.

medhochzwei Verlag

Note:  Not all content can be researched via the OPAC.

Springer Verlag (SpringerLink)

Note: Items available in German and English language


Note: E-books can be downloaded or printed out completely without restrictions.


Note:  NEW - Required content can now be printed and downloaded by the chapter.


Note: E-books can be downloaded or printed out by the chapter as PDFs without restrictions.

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Database search

Unlike the library catalogue (index of inventory), databases index literature or specialised information in a particular field of knowledge. They mainly refer to articles from journals, studies, essays from editorial works, conference reports, etc.

A second step is often necessary to search for the location of available required literature. A variety of databases index full texts (such as e-books and e-journals) as well as literature.

For members of the university, the content is also available outside of the university network. Please open the search pages via remote access and then chose the required e-resource.

This site will show you the databases you can access through the library:

The database beck-online comprehensively covers the legal field and includes documents from the following areas: Labour law, energy law, family law, industrial property rights, commercial and company law, insolvency law, landlord and tenant law, construction law, social law, tax law, criminal law, environmental law, insurance law, administrative law, and civil law.

IMPORTANT! beck-online is not available via remote access.

CareLit is a database compiled by LISK for the healthcare field that focuses on hospital management, nursing home management and nursing. CareLit currently indexes around 147,000 data records.

IMPORTANT! It is possible to download full texts in the library.

CINAHL® with Full Text is a comprehensive collection of full texts from journals on nursing and related topics. The full texts come from 610 journals which are indexed in CINAHL®.

Cochrane Library is the highest quality database on evidence-based medicine in the world. It contains 650,000 entries and reviews from journals, conference reports and other sources on the latest proven medical treatments and controlled clinical studies.

The Digital German Women's Archive (DDF) is an interactive portal on the history of women's movements in Germany. It invites you to get to know the themes, actors and networks of women's movements from two centuries.

The holdings of  Alice Salomon Archive can also be found here in digital form.

DZI SoLitis the literature database of the German Central Institute for Social Issues. The database academically documents and covers the content of scientific papers, monographs, collected editions and grey literature in the topic areas of social work, social education, welfare work, support for the elderly, nursing and special education published since 1979. It currently encompasses around 200,000 datasets, with an average of 6,000 new datasets added every year.

Search tip: The DZI provides an alphabetic thesaurus for systematic literature research with keywords in DZI SoLit. 

EBCSOhost Web provides access to the combined content of the databases CINAHL with full text, Medline, PsycInfo, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, SocINDEX, Education Research Complete, Social Work Abstracts and Psyndex. 

Education Research Complete is the authoritative online source for education research. Topics include all stages of development from early childhood to higher education and all special areas of education such as multilingual education, health education and testing. Education Research Complete contains indexing and abstracts for over 2,100 journals and full texts from over 1,200 journals and around 500 books and monographs.

Fachportal Pädagogik (a special portal for pedagogy) is the central entry platform for education-related specialist information and full-text access. It offers access to electronic and printed monographs, periodical articles and online materials on educational theory, both free and subject to charge.

juris Rechtsportal Members of ASH Berlin can access the social module which is offered in cooperation with the Erich Schmidt publishing company (previously Fachportal Sozialrecht). It contains laws, court rulings, comments, journals and manuals on all social law topics.

medhochzwei online library offers online publications concerning management, law, organisation and finance for the healthcare industry. The works are updated and expanded regularly.

MEDLINE offers substantiated medical information on the topics of general medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the healthcare system, preclinical sciences and much more.

PEDro is a physiotherapy evidence database offered by the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy (CEBP). PEDro is a freely accessible database with over 33,000 randomised controlled studies, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines for physiotherapy. 

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database with information on topics relating to behavioural research, psychiatry and psychology, thought processes, anthropology, observational methods and experiment methods. It is the world’s largest full text psychology database and offers around 400 journals in full text.

PsycINFO  The PsycINFO® database is a respected resource of the American Psychological Association (APA) for abstracts of scientific papers, book chapters, books and dissertations. It is the most comprehensive resource for scientifically reviewed literature in the areas of behavioural sciences and mental health.

PSYNDEX is a database for psychology and related fields operated by the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID). It contains records from over 250,000 documents from the German-speaking area (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). As PSYNDEX does not itself contain any full texts, it is categorised as a reference database.

Social Work Abstracts 
Bibliographic specialist database in the field of education focussing on social work in the USA. The "Social Work Abstracts" are published by the National Association of Social Workers. It contains records from over 500 journals from all areas of the social work professions. 

SocINDEX with Full Textis the world’s most comprehensive and high-quality sociology database. It comprises over 2.1 million datasets with topic headings from a sociology thesaurus with over 20,000 terms created by experts and lexicographers. SocINDEX contains full text from 860 journals dating back to 1908, full texts of over 830 books and monographs and 16,800 conference documents.

Statista is a German online portal for statistics, and provides access to the data of market and polling institutes such as the Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach (IfD), the Gesellschaft Sozialwissenschaftlicher Infrastruktureinrichtungen (GESIS) and the Deutsche Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW).

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The university library subscribes to approx. 300 specialist periodicals.

The current editions of the printed periodicals are alphabetically filed in the periodical boxes in the reading room (gallery). The old volumes starting from 2014 that have already been bound are also in the reading room. You can find periodical volumes up to 2015 in the repository (basement) which must be ordered via OPAC. They are made available every full hour.

In addition to printed editions, various periodicals are also available online with access to full texts. Please observe the user instructions regarding "Remote Access" and any passwords you may require.

For all available e-journals, please observe the provider’s user conditions and general terms and conditions!

You can use the following search methods:

The entire periodical inventory (printed and online) is alphabetically compiled in the ASH periodical list.

The Elektronische Zeitschriftendatenbank (EZB, electronic periodical library) indexes electronic periodicals in all specialisations as a cooperative service of approx. 600 libraries. You have access to full texts of all e-journals licensed by the ASH Berlin library. There is also a variety of freely accessible online periodicals.

The Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB, periodical databank) is the world´s largest database for titles and ownership data of periodicals, newspapers and compilations in printed and electronic form. It indexes the ownership records from approx. 4,400 libraries. The articles contained in the periodicals are not indexed in the ZDB.

SUBITO is a delivery service for periodical articles (a charge will be incurred).

IMPORTANT!  You will need to register personally. It is not possible to order via the library.

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Other library catalogues

  • Databases on education theory
  • REHADAT compiles information on handicaps, integration (sociology) and professions, and publishes them in the following databases:  Technical help, practical examples, law, literature, research, addresses, institutions, workplaces, seminars and media. Over 90,000 texts and 20,000 images are available (as at August 2013).
  • PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a free database of over 33,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.
  • The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.

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Publications by ASH Berlin university members

The institutional repository (Publikationsserver) of ASH Berlin presents various publications by university members, such as essays, documentation of research and projects, outstanding degree theses by students as well as selected documents with reference to ASH Berlin. 

Institutional repository

The Research reports of ASH Berlin provide information about the wide variety of research activities at the university. The reports provide data and facts about research projects and the publication work of researchers at ASH Berlin. In addition, insights are provided into international research and development cooperation projects. 

ASH Berlin Research reports

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Search assistance

On request, extensive individual instruction in literature searches is available focussing on a topic of your choosing. Please contact us by phone or e-mail to arrange an appointment.

This service is free to ASH Berlin members. External users will be charged € 12.80.

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