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Searching for literature on the German Education Portal

Where can I search for literature on the German Education Portal?

German Education Index

The "full text" link leads to a site that requests payment. Why are not all of the full texts accessible free of charge?
How can I obtain matching texts once I have found the appropriate references?
I have found the below-mentioned book or journal article on your system. Can you provide me with the respective title?
Availability check – How can the name of my institution be added to the selection list?
I have found a journal article. What does "57 (2011) 3" mean?
Is there a list of journals referenced in the German Education Index?
I would like to use the reference management system Bibliografix to search the German Education Index. What data format/protocol is offered?

Metasearch across databases

How many sources are tapped by the metasearch function?
How often are the databases in the German Education Index updated?
Where can I find online content from the special collection for educational research (OLC-SSG Bildungsforschung)?

Reporting information to the German Education Index

Can I report my institution’s address for registration in a database accessible by the German Education Index?
Can I report my research project for registration with the German Education Index?
There is a relevant publication I cannot find in the German Education Index. Can I add the publication to the database?
Can I send you my publication for registration with the German Education Portal?
Why are the publications I have reported not immediately searchable on the German Education Portal?
We would like to post some job vacancies on your site. What should we do and how much do you charge?

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Searching for literature on the German Education Portal

Where can I search for literature on the German Education Portal?

We recommend the German Education Index (GEI) for the purpose of searching literature. The GEI is the largest German-language database of references in the field of pedagogy/education, supporting you in preparing the references further and obtaining texts. The GEI provides more functionalities than any of the other databases.

The metasearch enables you to conduct parallel queries of several databases, also including English-language resources from abroad. The GEI is also searched at the same time. The “literature“ metasearch function allows for activating and de-activating the GEI and other databases. In case of their activation, the search will be conducted across all databases.

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German Education Index

The "full text" link leads to a site that requests payment. Why are not all of the full texts accessible free of charge?

The German Education Index strives to provide links to as many electronic publications as possible. Priority is given to links addressing openly accessible documents. If a publication is only available for pay, we will integrate a link to it for the purpose of quick access. In many cases important journals are licensed by subscription of a university or institutional library, therefore users can access the articles free of charge via the subscribers' network.[/url]

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How can I obtain matching texts once I have found the appropriate references?

The German Education Index is a database of references: Respective literature is described by keywords and in some cases, by abstracts, too. We do not provide the actual texts themselves. Generally speaking, a library nearby will be the most appropriate choice for obtaining the literature. Moreover, the full display of a record provides a link to information regarding the availability of the document.

Depending on the type of document, the following information is given:

  • A link to the database of journals including references to German libraries holding the document;
  • A link for submitting the metadata to Subito, a document delivery service offered by libraries - you should register with Subito prior to using this option;
  • Links to library catalogues and the ISBN search site offered by Wikipedia;
  • A link to the index of deliverable books (Verzeichnis lieferbarer Bücher);
  • If you are accessing our database via an IP address of a university that has already registered its accessibility information with the German Education Index, an additional link will be displayed connecting you to information about the availability of the document within your institution.. Alternatively, you can create such a link yourself by selecting an institution from the menu displayed below.

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I have found the below-mentioned book or journal article on your system. Can you provide me with the respective title?

No, we cannot sell any titles or accept orders. The German Education Index is a reference system by which you are given the information you need to obtain the relevant literature yourself (e.g. literature, library stock). The GEI is an “information broker” that supports users in finding the information (sources) they need for pursuing their scientific interests. The answer given to the question “How can I obtain a title” may also be of intrest.

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Verfügbarkeit prüfen - Wie kann ich die Auswahlliste um den Namen meiner Institution ergänzen?

The list only includes institutions offering a “resolving service” which enables retrieval of a found reference in respective catalogues. Upon request, your institution can be added to the list provided such a service is offered either directly or via an external party. The following information is required: The IP-Adress (-Range) of your institution, the basic URL to resolving service; optionally URL to Icon you wish to be displayed; contacting details for enquiries; name of the institution as it is to appear in the list; identifier for the Electronic Database of Journals, EZB. Please send your request to fachportal@dipf.de.

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I have found a journal article. What does :"57 (2011) 3" mean?

See the following example:
Giesinger, Johannes: „Bildung als öffentliches Gut und das Problem der Gerechtigkeit."
In: Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, 57 (2011) 3, S. 421-437
means:
57 – volume of the journal
2011 – publication year of the journal
3 – issue number of the journal.

In this case, the article was published in the third issue of the 57th volume, in 2011.

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Is there a list of journals referenced in the German Education Index?

Two options are available: You can either access the list of regularly indexed journals, or you can access the journals search option in the “advanced search” functionality of the GEI. Please select the “journals“ index in any search entry form, press the „index“ to the right and check the list of journal titles.

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I would like to use the reference management system Bibliografix to search the German Education Index. What data format/protocol is offered?

A z39.50-interface is offered, which uses Marc21 as data format. Text is coded in Western, Windows 1252; The server address is www.fachportal-pädagogik.de, Port 210; You should be able to access without authentification. You will find detailed explanations regarding the use of citavi and endnote in our "help" sections.

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Metasearch across databases

How many sources are tapped by the metasearch function?

You will find information regarding the current number of databases included in the metasearch function at the bottom of the metasearch option.

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How often are the databases updated?

You will find information regarding all of the available sources at the bottom of the metasearch option site. The link marked “info“,see the "i" in a green box. We strive to keep the information up to date. Please check the respective database website in case of doubt: Just follow the link behind the name of the database and the “I”.

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Where can I find online content from the special collection for educational research (OLC-SSG Bildungsforschung)?

The scholarly section of the online content database relating to education generally constitutes a core service provided by a scholarly virtual library. For various reasons, we have not implemented the database. Therefore, we need to refer you to the search mask of the library hosting SSG Bildungsforschung (University Library Erlangen-Nürnberg). Our tip: You will find references for articles published in German language journals that are relevant for education in the German Education Index (FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank). Other than the database for special collections (OLC-SSG) , articles in theGerman Education Index are generally indexed by abstracts as well as keywords. You can check the list of journals indexed by FIS Bildung[/uel] to find out if a journal is referenced.

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Reporting information to the German Education Portal

Can I report my institution’s address for registration in a database accessible by the German Education Index?

Yes, you can. Please use the entry form provided for this purpose.

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Can I report my research project for registration with the German Education Portal?

Yes, you can. Please use the entry form provided for this purpose. You will be directed to the GESIS homepage as GESIS is the provider of the respective database.

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There is a relevant publication I cannot find in the German Education Index. Can I add the publication to the database?

Yes, you can. Please use the entry form provided for this purpose.

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Can I send you my publication for registration with the German Education Portal?

If your publication is available in electronic form, you can avail yourself of our publication service, peDOCs. Please turn to the peDOCs registration form and follow the guided entry format. In case your publication is only available in printed form, please refrain from sending us a copy. You can, however, report a reference to your publication to the German Education Index.

Incidentally, publication in pedocs will automatically create a reference in the German Education Index.

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Why are the publications I have reported not immediately searchable on the German Education Portal?

Initially, the entry is sent to a “basket” where it is saved for manual processing. Depending on the editors’ workload, it may take several days or even weeks until the entry is made accessible to the public.

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We would like to post some job vacancies on your site. What should we do and how much do you charge?

We provide an entry form that allows you to register your job posts, entries will be proof-read by our team of editors. Relevant job vacancies will then be made accessible via the German Education Server and the German Education Portal (in the latter case, academic jobs only). You can use this service free of charge provided that the jobs bear a relevance to the field of pedagogy/educational science.

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