Researching TAS


Introductory Remarks

There is not "one" source for secondary sources - some articles are listed in the MLA, some can only be found in JSTOR (which is more interdisciplinary), others are only listed in PAO or PIO. OLC surveys many journals not surveyed by the MLA and others. Google Scholar is a powerful search tool that performs a cross search of several archives, but it does not find everything. Even our OPAC catalogue does not list all books of the IB.

  • The sources listed below are the major repositories for scholarly articles and books.

  • Encyclopedic information, sociological data, and other reference-type information can be found in the handbooks listed in the reference sections "Literature and Culture" and "Social Sciences"

  • If you are looking for research on a specific region, you might also consult the respective section of the TAS Collection. Each section (e.g. SDS, PCB, AFR ...) lists the major specialized research portals and bibliographies.

  • A concise introduction to research strategies and tools can be found on the LOTSE website.

Research Literature: Bibliographies and Repositories


  • the most powerful and comprehensive search tool as you can search several databases simulaneously. It is recommended to select the following databases:
    • Academic Search Complete,
    • Humanities International Complete,
    • Literary Reference Centre
    • MLA International Bibliography.
      •  vpn-client necessary
      • Note: there are more refined search options if the MLA is searched on its own.


  • Searches peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google scholar gives you a sense of an article's importance by telling you how often it has been quoted in other publications.



  • in contrast to the Internet Archive, Google Books allows a full-text search in its growing repository of scanned books. Very usefull tool, as databases such as MLA are specialized on peridocials and do not cover monographs.
    Some books can be viewed in google books. If a book cannot be accessed, try obtaining it from the Internet Archive.


  • A digital interdisciplinary library of text, film, and music. Contains the collections of many digitization projects and is hence broader than Google Scholar. Especially older scholarly books, such as literary histories and criticism, but also fiction and drama, can be retrieved here. 

IBR Online

  • International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Schorlarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Excellent source for information on the most recent publications.  


  • One of the major interdisciplinary article repositories with access to the full texts of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content. Note: To the most recent issues of the collected journals cannot be accessed.


  • This database is a further major database for biliographical research concerning English and American studies. Contains over 230.000 articles and book reviews, many from smaller journals not considered by the MLA.
  • This OLC-SSG Anglistik is a segment of  Online Contents (OLC), a database which surveys more than 24.000 journals from all academic fields. 


  • Similar to JSTOR: a repository of hundreds of digitised journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It provides researchers with access to more than 200 years of scholarship, spread across a wide variety of subject areas, direct from their computer. (Information from PAO website)


  • Electronic index to millions of articles published in over 6,000 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. The chronological coverage is going back over 300 years and also includes foreign language sources.


  • Complete holdings of the central university library (SULB) and much (!!) of the holdings of our department library (IB).
  • If you don't find a book in this catalogue does not mean that it is not on the shelves of the IB, especially when the book has been published before 2000.
  • The logic of the signatures of the  TAS section is explained here.
  • WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. You can search for articles in periodicals as well as for books, but also for music CDs and videos. A keyword search delivers a broad bibliography on an author or topic. There is the possibility -if logged into the university network- to access some electronic databases and download the listed articles. The catalogue also offers access to downloadable audiobooks and texts.