Research Tools


  • Attention: All holdings in either Japanese, Chinese and Korean are not entirely registered on u:search. Publications from before the year of 2003 are only partially registered.
  • It is necessary to be logged into your u:account  when researching via u:search. Only users that are logged in with an u:account for students or employees can access the libraries’ electronic resources from outside the university. Please consider that users without such an u:account can only access these resources from the freely-accessible research-computers that can be found in the buildings of the Vienna University Library or with their own mobile devices when connected to the Wi-Fi  of the University of Vienna.
  • You can find advice how to research here: Research-Tutorials.
  • Also consider the training in literature research methods offered by the Vienna University Library: Training.
  • Information regarding the library layout can be found here: Use
  • Please ask the employees in the library directly or by mail and the ubw:helpdesk if you have any questions.

Databases and Search Engines

  • u:search
    U:search is the search engine for the digital library of the University of Vienna

  • Database-Service
    Database-Service for the digital library of the University of Vienna; Here you can find a collection of different subject-specific and interdisciplinary Databases.

  • u:theses 
    u:theses is the university’s database containing all dissertations positively evaluated and written by students of the University of Vienna, als well as theses from previous years that were uploaded voluntarily. The majority of texts is freely available online. In addition, the database is open to all alums of the University of Vienna, who would like to publish their theses, which were approved before the year 2008, in an uncomplicated way.

Subject-specific full-text databases

  • BAS - Bibliography of Asian Studies 
    The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) is a bibliography of mainly non-Japanese literature about east-, southeast- and southern Asia and is based on the print-editions of the BAS. Its online edition contains literature from 1971 onwards, further focusing on magazines since the year 1991. Multiple projects enabled the integration of selected citations, dating as far back as the year 1776.

  • Asahi Shimbun - Newspaper archive 
    Kikuzo II Visual is one of Japan’s largest newspaper archives. It contains more than 13 million articles of the Asahi Shimbun since the newspaper’s launch in 1879. The following parts are accessible: Asahi Shimbun 1985-Present, AERA and Shukan Asahi, Asahi Shimbun Facsimile Edition 1879-1989 (Meiji/Taisho, Showa (Pre-World War II) and Showa Post-World War II) Chiezo Keyword Database (Modern term dictionary) Who’s Who Database, Historical Photo Archive, Asahi Graph 1923-1945 (Archive contents of pictorial magazine ‘Asahi Graph’)

  • CAJ - Full-text database: China Academic Jounals 
    China Academic Journals is a full text database of scientific magazines about all fields in Chinese language. At the present it is possible to access original publications from the year 2005 onwards about the following topics: Literature / History / Philosophy (Serie F), Politics / Military Affairs / Law (Serie G), Education & Social Sciences (Serie H), Economy & Management (Serie J)

  • KRPIA - Database for korean Literature 
    The database KRPIA contains encyclopedias, biographical reference books and historical archivalia. The contents are grouped according to the scientific fields of history, literature, arts, culture, theology, philosophy, sociology, classical Korean studies, traditional medicine and animals and plants. Texts provide Information for the entire Korean region. All Texts are fully searchable.

  • DBPIA - Korean Database for E-Journals und E-Books 
    The Korean database DBPIA contains a collection of more than 1300 E-Journals and 7000 E-Books from the fields of the humanities, education, literature, arts, social studies, theology, economics, law, medicine and the sciences.

General Databases

  • JSTOR 
    JSTOR is a digital archive for research journals, which contains scans of articles in order to reproduce them faithfully. The use of OCR-software enables full-text searchability in all texts. It is mainly focused on the humanities, but journals from the fields of economics, natural- and social sciences can also be found. In addition to text-based search, JSTOR also offers image-based search-functionality.

  • Proquest / Dissertations & Theses Global 
    ProQuest Disstertations and Theses: Global (PQDT Global) contains full-texts of dissertations and theses produced at, or digitalized by more than 700 academic institutions dating back to 1997.

Additional relevant Databases

Japanese Studies

  • E-Stat
    E-Stat is a database of official (government) statistics on Japan. These are searchable by subject as well as by organization / the respective ministry. Both titles and dates of the statistics are searchable.

  • Japan Statistical Yearbook
    "Japan Statistical Yearbook" is an annual, bilingual (Japanese/English) collection of statistical data (such as demographics, economy, etc.). It contains both official government statistics and statistics from private organizations. These are available by chapter. The entire work can also be searched in full text. The entire work can also be searched in full text.

  • CiNii
    CiNii is a database for bibliographic information on scientific articles, books, dissertations, research data etc.. It is divided into the 3 areas: "CiNii Research", "CiNii Books" and "CiNii Dissertations". Thus, respectively scientific articles and research data - books and journals - as well as dissertations written at Japanese universities can be found.

  • National Diet Libary
    This is the search engine of the National Diet Library of Japan. Holdings can be requested after registration in Kopie. Die digitalen Bestände stehen nur Personen mit japanischer Adresse zur Verfügung.

  • Researchmap
    In Researchmap you can search for information about research institutions and researchers in Japan. Scientists can also be found by affiliated institution or by their research topics.

  • Kanken
    Kaken can be used to search for research projects and researchers of the "Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Program(KAKENHI)".