E-resources

Subject databases and other online resources offered by the BFH libraries are accessible to BFH students and staff on the BFH network (WLAN bfh or VPN), and are available to other library visitors at the research stations in the library. E-books and e-journals (periodicals) are searchable via swisscovery.

In case of access problems, please consult our FAQ.

AATA online

AATA Online is a free research database containing abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage. It has been managed and published by the Getty since 1983. AATA Online contains over 148,000 records and adds approximately 4,000 new records each year through regular updates.

ABI/INFORM

Business and economics (management, finance and banking, accounting, trade, etc.), engineering journals and journals from other fields as well, more than a third of which are available in fulltext. ABI/INFORM Global and Trade&Industry are included in the subscription. Provider: ProQuest.

ACM Digital Library

Information Technology: - ACM Digital Library: all their publications available in full-text (journals, conference reports, newsletters, special interest groups, except for the e-books) - The Guide to Computing Literature: references to other - non-ACM - literature including dissertations and technical reports.

Agricola

Bibliography of the US National Agricultural Library. Provider: Ovid.

Agris

FAO bibliography of international agricultural literature.

AgriRxiv

Collection of pre-prints in agronomy and related fields, published by Cornell University, USA.

ARBOR

The institutional repository of the Bern University of Applied Sciences offers a complete overview of all publications of the BFH.

Archinform

International architecture database with information on realised and planned projects. 

Art & Architecture Source

Database for visual and applied arts, design and architecture. Includes the databases Wilson Art Full-Text and Art Index Retrospective as well as 750 journals in full-text, references and abstracts from renowned international journals (USA, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Holland), 220 e-books and 63'000 images. Provider: EBSCO.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. Coverage is from the 1930s (with selective coverage dating back to the 1740s) to the present. Provider: ProQuest.

BabelScores

BabelScores is a database for contemporary music of the last 40 years. Its aim is to make the most important contemporary composers known worldwide and their works accessible to the general public.

BASE

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine BASE - a search engine for openly accessible academic documents, operated by Bielefeld University Library.

BDSL Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft

Bibliographic references from 1985 for German linguistics and literature.

BDSP Banque de données en santé publique

Archive (1993-2019) of the database of the French Ecole des hautes études en santé publique. Information service for people employed in the health and social work fields.

Berg Fashion Library

Articles and images on fashion from the beginnings until today. Contains images from the V&A Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the "Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion", ca. 150 e-books as well as a museum directory.

Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN)

BCIN, the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network, is the web's most complete bibliographic resource for the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural property.

BLLDB Bibliography of Linguistic Literature DataBase

Bibliographic database with references from 1971: International literature and linguistics.

Business Source Premier

This database (business, marketing, management, finance, economics) contains bibliographic references plus more than 1'100 full-text journals as well market research, industry and country reports. Provider: EBSCO.

CAB Abstracts

Agriculture and forestry, chemistry, nutrition, food technology and science, medicinal plants and pharmacology, biotechnology, environmental sciences, tourism, etc. 14 simultaneous users. Provider: Ovid.

ChemRxiv

Preprint Server for publications in chemistry.

CINAHL Complete

Nursing and related health professions; biomedical sciences, healthcare. Contains more than 1'300 journals in full-text. Provider: EBSCO.

Classical Music Library

Recordings of famous composers, searchable by composer, era, title, instrumentation, etc.

Classical Scores Library (Vol. 1-4)

Contains the most important classical musical scores, manuscripts and previously unpublished material. Access also via Music Online.

Cochrane Kompakt

Selection of reviews on health and health care summarised in German.

Cochrane Library

Cochrane reviews contain combined results of the best medical research studies (evidence-based health care).

DAAI Design and Applied Arts Index

Bibliographic database from 1973 on new designers and the development of design in the following areas: ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, metals, textiles and fashion, furniture, interior design, architecture, web design, computer graphics, animation, product and industrial design, landscape architecture. Provider: ProQuest.

Derwent Innovations Index

Contains patents from more than 50 patent offices. To improve searchability, the patent information is standardized and to each record a patent family and an industry code is attributed. The records are enriched with enhanced titles and abstracts.

Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ

List of electronic journals that are freely accessible according to the principles of Open Access.

EAI Electronic Arts Intermix

This collection of video and media art contains works of art from the beginnings in the 1960s until today. Access for FHNW, HSLU, BFH, ZHdK, HEAD Genève and ECAL.

EBSCO (interface)

Search interface for all licensed EBSCO databases: Art & Architecture Source, Business Source Premier, CINAHL Complete, GreenFile, LISTA, RILM, Teacher Reference Center.

EconLit

Electronic bibliography of the American Economic Association (AEA): ecnomic theories, production, country studies, trade, social indicators, etc. Provider: ProQuest.

Edition Soziothek

Edition Soziothek is the central platform for knowledge transfer between Universities of Applied Sciences and social work practice. Professionals and students of social work get access to current literature on social work.

Emcare

Bibliographical database for nursing and allied health. International content from 1995. Access for ZHAW, BFH, FH SG, SUPSI and HES-SO.

e-periodica

Free full-text access to digitised Swiss journals about science and culture (includes architecture and engineering).

ERIC (Ovid)

Documents on educational science of the Education Resources Information Center (US Department of Education). Provider: Ovid.

ERIC (ProQuest)

Documents on educational science of the Education Resources Information Center (US Department of Education). Provider: ProQuest.

Essential Science Indicators (ESI)

The Essential Science Indicators database reveals emerging science trends as well as influential individuals, institutions, papers, journals, and countries in your field of research. Data is based on a 10 year rolling file and covers 22 fields of research.

Fachportal Pädagogik

Literature database with full texts and references for pedagogy, social pedagogy and social work.

FIAF

Abstracts from 300 film journals since 1972, brief information on 22'000 silent movies, a bibliography of the publications of the members of FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) and an international directory of film and TV documentation collections. Provider: ProQuest.

FSTA Food Science & Technology

Database with references from more than 4'600 publications in the field of food science and technology as well as nutrition from 1969. Provider: Ovid.

getAbstract

High quality summaries of the latest business literature in areas such as management, strategy, sales & marketing, innovation, and economics and policy. Register for full access with the BFH email address.

GreenFILE

GreenFILE contains information on the impact of humans on the environment. The following topics are covered: global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, etc. Provider: EBSCO.

Grove Art Online

The foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, updated regularly and covering global art and architecture from prehistory to present day.

IBA - pre-2008

The pre-2009 BHA (Bibliography of the History of Art) references are not included in IBA. They can be searched in this database.

IBA International Bibliography of Art

Applied art, architectural and art history, museum studies and conservation; bibliographic references from 2008. IBA is the successor of BHA (Bibliography of the History of Art). Provider: ProQuest.

IBSS International Bibliography of the Social Sciences

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences of the London School of Economics: Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology. Provider: ProQuest.

IEEE Xplore

IEEE Xplore contains the full-text articles in the fields of electrical engineering and computer sciences published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); includes the IBM Journal of Research & Development, the VDE Verlag Conference Proceedings, the NESC (National Electrical Safety Code) and the IEEE Standards Dictionary.

IMSLP

Petrucci Music Library, a database with approx. 635'000 music files of almost 200'000 works and a good 73'000 music recordings.

Index suisse de l'environnement

This database lists several hundred of public and private Swiss institutions active in the environmental area.

JBI Joanna Briggs Institute Databases

Evidence-based Healthcare. Provider: Ovid.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

Provides information on academic journals, such as the impact factor, as a measure to assess the significance of a publication.

JSTOR

JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.

Knovel

Fundamentals for engineers (handbooks, reference works) and interactive tools for calculations (equations, tables, graphs, unit converter). The following modules are licensed:

  • Civil Engineering & Construction Materials
  • Composites
  • General Engineering & Project Administration
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering
  • Nondestructive Testing & Evaluation
  • Sustainable Energy & Development

Kunstforum International Online Archiv

Find more than 25,000 texts and 200,000 images in what is probably the most comprehensive documentation of contemporary art history from 1973 to the present day and search specifically for all topics and contents that move current art events. 
Single-user licence on site in the media library.

Legalis

The legal database contains standard works from the Basler Kommentare series, short commentaries and selected handbooks. Journals published by Helbing & Lichtenhahn are also available.

LISA

"Library and Information Sciences Abstracts": more than 400 library and information sciences journals referenced from 1969. Provider: ProQuest.

LISTA

"Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts": Database for library and information sciences. References from more than 580 journals, books and conference reports from the mid-1960s. Provider: EBSCO.

LLBA Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

Bibliographic references from 1973 to journal articles, book chapters and theses in linguistics: phonetics, phonology, semantics, morphology, syntax, etc. Provider: ProQuest.

Livivo

Search portal for life sciences. Bibnet.org with many German-language references is integrated in Livivo.

Materialarchiv

Historic and current information on materials as well as images. Includes collections of the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, HSLU T&A and Design, the Sitterwerk, ZHdK, ETHZ, ZHAW and HKB Bern.

Medline (Ovid)

Database of the National Library of Medicine (USA): clinical medicine, anatomy and physiology, dentistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics, psychiatry and psychology, healthcare. Provider: Ovid.

Medline (ProQuest)

Database of the National Library of Medicine (USA): clinical medicine, anatomy and physiology, dentistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics, psychiatry and psychology, healthcare. Provider: ProQuest.

Medline (Web of Science)

Database of the National Library of Medicine (USA): clinical medicine, anatomy and physiology, dentistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics, psychiatry and psychology, healthcare.

MGG Online - Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart

MGG is a comprehensive music encyclopedia.

Multimedia Fluid Mechanics

With dozens of interactive demonstrations and animations, 20 virtual labs and simulations, and nearly 1,000 videos, Multimedia Fluid Mechanics helps students understand the mathematics behind fluid flows through experimental and computational demonstrations across 8 key modules from Dynamics to Turbulence.

Music Online

This collection of music sources includes music scores and audio databases.

  • Music scores: Classical Scores Library (Vol. 1-4)
  • Audio databases: American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Popular Music, Jazz Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
  • Reference works: African American Music Reference, Classical Music Reference Library, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

musiconn

German portal for music.

Optica Publishing Group

Optics, photonics, imaging, sensing - includes everything from fundamental science, recent research to engineering applications, including materials, devices and systems. 

OSF (Open Science Framework) Preprints

Search simultaneously multiple subject repositories with preprints.

Ovid (search interface)

Search interface for all licensed Ovid databases: Agricola, CAB Abstracts, (FSTA), Medline, PsycInfo, Psyndex.

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work

The Social Work bibliography covers the literature on new developments in this area. The bibliography will be extended continuously.

Oxford Companion to Music

This classic reference work includes articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, with specialist coverage of virtually every musical subject. It places music in its social and cultural context.

Oxford Dictionary of Music

The Oxford Dictionary of Music is the most up-to-date and accessible dictionary of musical terms available and an essential point of reference for music students, teachers, lecturers, professional musicians, as well as music enthusiasts.

Paperity

Interdisciplinary full text database for articles from open access journals.

PEDro

Database of the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy of the University of Sydney, Australia.

PEN - Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition

Evidence-based global resource for dietetic practice from Canada.

Primal health research databank

Explore correlations between the 'primal period' (fetal life, perinatal period and year following birth) and health and personality traits in later life.

ProQuest (search interface)

Search interface for all licensed ProQuest databases: ABI Inform, Avery, DAAI, Dissertations & Theses, EconLit, ERIC, FIAF, IBA, IBSS, LISA, LLBA, Medline, NCJRS, PTSDpubs, Sociological Abstracts.

PsycInfo (APA Psychinfo)

Psychology and related fields of interest: psychiatry, medical care, sociology, economics. Provider: Ovid.

Psyndex (PSYNDEX Databases)

Tests: used in the fields of psychology and education in German-speaking countries. Lit & AV (Literature and Audiovisual Media database): bibliographical information on publications in psychology by authors in German-speaking countries. Provider: Ovid.

PubAg

Freely accessible database published by the National Agricultural Library of the US Department of Agriculture. The focus of the database is on recent scientific publications (1995-) in the field of agriculture, mainly peer-reviewed articles. The search results contain the links to the full-text of the articles (DOI).

PubliSA

PubliSA collects German-language publications of all kinds that address social work and its social framework, its fields of work and its target groups. Bibliography, no full texts.

PubMed

Contains the references of biomedical literature in Medline as well as life sciences journals and e-books. Free resource published by the US NIH (National Institutes of Health).

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Most extensive bibliography of musical literature worldwide with references from more than 2'000 music journals and 11'000 journals from other fields as well as conference reports from 1835 to the present. Provider: EBSCO.

RILM Music Encyclopedias

Constantly growing, curated full-text collection of 60 publications published from 1775 to the present. The content covers the various subject and thematic areas of historical musicology, ethnomusicology and theory, with a focus on popular music, opera, instruments, blues and gospel, as well as recordings and women composers.

RISM International Inventory of Musical Sources

Documentation of musical manuscripts since 1600, mostly 1600-1850.

RISM Schweiz

International Database of Music Manuscripts - Switzerland.

SAGE Business Cases

Collection of business case studies.

Saphir

Public health database (politics and economics of health, work safety, prevention and promotion of health, hospital management, etc.) compiled by several Swiss health libraries.

Social Services Abstracts

Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. Social Services Abstracts is a part of Sociological Abstracts.

Sociological Abstracts

Social sciences, sociology and social work. Bibliographic references from 1952 to the present. Also includes Social Services Abstracts.

Sport libraries in Switzerland

Search engine for sport libraries in Switzerland.

SpringerMaterials

Landolt-Börnstein database with data and fonctions in physics, chemistry, engineering and material sciences. Contains documents and experimental data for 290'000 substances.
Options for searching by substance, structure, property or keyword.

Springer Reference

Reference works of the Springer publishing house

SRMO SAGE Research Methods Online and Foundations

Information on research methods in the social sciences derived from books, reference works, dictionaries, videos and case studies. Taxonomy or methods map helps visualize the relationship between methods. Now includes Foundations with information on the newest methods as well as profiles of prominent researchers.

Swiss jazz biographies

The Swiss National Sound Archives offer more than 1'000 biographies of Swiss jazz musicians with links to audio files of their work.

Swisslex

The Swisslex legal database contains all decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, the other federal courts and most of the cantonal courts of last instance, as well as legal commentaries, monographs and specialist journals. 
Registration with the BFH e-mail address: Login top right - Not registered yet? - left column: Registration - students and university members

Ulrich's

Worldwide directory of available journals, series, yearbooks and newspapers.

Web of Science

Multidispiplinary database including:

  • Science Citation Index
  • Social Science Citation Index (with economics)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (with architecture)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index: - Science - Social Sciences & Humanities

Weblaw

The Lawyers' Portal provides access to a comprehensive legal bibliography, Jusletter, Richterzeitung and the Social Welfare Law Database. 
Registration with the BFH e-mail address: via "My Weblaw" at the top right - New customer - I study or work at a public university/university - University/university of applied sciences = Bern University of Applied Sciences.

WISO

References to articles in the German language on sociology, social work, business and economics, political science. The subscribed modules WISO Wirtschaftswissenschaften and Sozialwissenschaften contain 564 magazines and journals and approximately 5'770 e-books in full-text.

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Dissertations & Theses (A&I)

References for more than 2.4 million dissertations and master's theses worldwide from 1861. Abstracts are available for dissertations from 1980 and for master's theses from 1988. Previews of the first 24 pages are available for some dissertations.

Switzerland

Europe

International

Eurostat

Statistics of the EU member countries; cooperation with the OECD and UN as well as with Central and Eastern European countries, the former Soviet Union and Mediterranean countries.

FORSbase

FORSbase is an online platform that enables you to access data and obtain information about social science studies in Switzerland. You can register your own research projects, as well as store and share your own data.

FSO: Interactive and visual tools of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office

Interactive and visual tools of the Federal Statistical Office FSO. These include infographics, statistical atlases and interactive data (Stat-Tab), which allows the compilation of statistics according to individual requirements.

FSO: Swiss statistical encyclopaedia

Statistical tables and reports on the Swiss population, society, state, economy and environment of the Federal Stastistical Office FSO.

OECDiLibrary

OECD Statistics, Books & Periodicals, such as OECD Economic Outlook, OECD Economic Surveys, OECD Journal.

e-newspaperarchives.ch

Archive access to over 100 Swiss newspapers. Not (completely) included are Der Bund, Die Berner Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Tagesanzeiger.

Factiva

Newspapers and magazines worldwide, including several Swiss publications, as well as company information and press photographs. Alerts are not possible.

Nexis Uni

Swiss and international newspapers and magazines (e.g. Tages-Anzeiger, Handelszeitung, La Tribune de Genève, Bilan) as well as country and company information (e.g. Creditreform Schweizer Firmen).

Orbis

Orbis contains comprehensive information on companies worldwide. Use it to research individual companies, search for companies by profile and analyse companies. Also contains market research reports from Marketline. Use the master login to register your personal account:

  • Username: BFH-register Password: bvdregister

Regional Business News

Contient des publications commerciales régionales des États-Unis.

Swissdox

Swissdox is managed by SMD Schweizer Mediendatenbank. It is a media archive as well as a press database. Swissdox contains Swiss daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and journals, press agencies, online media as well as newspapers that are no longer published from 1780 until today.

Derwent Innovations Index

Contains patents from more than 50 patent offices. To improve searchability, the patent information is standardized and to each record a patent family and an industry code is attributed. The records are enriched with enhanced titles and abstracts.

Espacenet

Patents: Espacenet, the database of the European Patent Office, contains patent information (original documents including illustrations) from 72 countries and regions.

IGE IPI

e-Norm

The data in e-Norm will no longer be updated. Access to e-NORM will be discontinued on August 31, 2022. Successor solution: SNV-Connect (see below).

Bibliographical reference database for standards. Also contains the full-text of the valid Swiss standards, approximately 37'000 standards:

  • SWISSMEM
  • Electrosuisse
  • SIA
  • INB Interdisciplinary Norms (SNV)

as well as all ISO norms.

These standards can be downloaded from the database and printed out.

Login: Please request the login in your library.

IEEE Xplore

IEEE Xplore contains the full-text articles in the fields of electrical engineering and computer sciences published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); includes the IBM Journal of Research & Development, the VDE Verlag Conference Proceedings, the NESC (National Electrical Safety Code) and the IEEE Standards Dictionary.

SNV-Connect

SNV-Connect is the successor solution for e-Norm and enables access to standards. Log in with your SWITCH edu-ID.

Art & Architecture Source

Database for visual and applied arts, design and architecture. Includes the databases Wilson Art Full-Text and Art Index Retrospective as well as 750 journals in full-text, references and abstracts from renowned international journals (USA, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Holland), 220 e-books and 63'000 images.

ARTStor Digital Library

Collections of images from museums, private collectors, photographic agencies, photographers of architecture, etc. for use in research and teaching.

ETH E-Pics Image Archive

In the image archive of the ETH library more than 500'000 images are available for free download, 100'000 of these images are in the public domain and can be used without restrictions. The collection includes photos of Swiss history of science and technology, the archives of Swissair and the Fotostiftung Schweiz as well as the Baugeschichtliche Archiv of the city of Zurich.

Phaidon Atlas - Architecture for Architects

This database can be searched by architect, building type, location or material. It contains photos, descriptions, drawings and maps.

Prometheus

Prometheus is a distributed digital image archive for art and cultural studies. The Prometheus image archive functions according to the principle of a database broker that brings together heterogeneous image databases. The image providers make their databases available to research and teaching free of charge. Prometheus thus enables a comfortable image search via a common interface in different image archives, institute, research and museum databases.

Rijksmuseum Studio

More than 500'000 images of works in the museum's collection have been digitised in high resolution; 200'000 of these images are available in the Rijksmuseum Studio and can be freely adapted.

Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)

As part of the Google Art Project this museum has digitised in high resolution approximately 40'000 images of works of art in the public domain, which can be used and adapted by the public.

Swiss national licences

As contribution to the nationwide supply of Switzerland with electronic resources, the programme „Scientific information: access, processing and saveguarding“ (SUC 2013-2016 P-2, mandated by swissuniversities) funded the selective acquisition of National Licences. For further information please refer to www.nationallicences.ch.

You can find BFH Library e-books by searching in swisscovery. If you want to find e-books from particular publishers, you can use the direct access links listed here:

Bauwelt Fundamente

content-select: Beltz, Campus, Frank&Timme, Haufe, hep, Junfermann, Klett-Cotta, Lambertus, oekom, Psychiatrie Verlag, Schattauer, Schäffer-Poeschel, Schüren, Eugen Ulmer, Kohlhammer, Walhalla, WBG, WTM

DOAB – Directory of Open Access Books

Hanser eLibrary

Hogrefe

ProQuest eBook Central

O’Reilly for Higher education

Springer

utb elibrary: u.a. transcript, utb

WISO eBooks

swisscovery search platform

The collections of the BFH Library (books, periodicals, DVDs, etc.; except for the library of the Abegg Foundation) can be searched using the swisscovery search platform: swisscovery.bfh.ch

swisscovery is operated by the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP).