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  • No distinction between small and capital letters
  • The characters "ä", "ö","ü", "ß":
    • are not transformed automatically in all databases.
    • an "OR" search is advisable (e.g. "Universitaet" OR "Universität")
  • Linking of search terms:
    • within a search field:
      • "all words" is marked: the search terms are linked by AND (all terms must appear in the record).
        This is the default setting in a quick search quest.
      • No selection: "OR"- link (one of the cited terms must appear in the record) - advanced search option only.
    • Between selected search fields:
      • The standard setting between search fields is an AND conjunction
  • Wild card: The wild card * can be used at the right hand side and the left (e.g. *ädagogi* finds Pädagogik)
  • Search phrase: " " is possible in some databases, e.g. "Vereinigte Staaten", "Peter Diepold"


Quick Search

The "quick search" pertains to the unmarked, general search field on the homepage.

Entering a search term

The "Quick Search" option pertains of a free text search where a single search field automatically retrieves all the information that is available for a record (name, title, key word, location). It may evoke a rather large number of results as it is rather unspecific. You can use the refining options provided by the "Advanced Search" in order to delimit the number of results for your search. Please consult the "short help" information prior to entering your search terms.

Please enter a search term (or several search terms) into the search box. Several search terms are divided by a blank space.

Truncating: If you wish to include plurals or derivatives, you can reduce the search term to its stem and attach the suffix a * as a wild card. (e. g.: Kind* finds Kind, Kindes, Kindheit) or prefix (e. g.: *schule finds Schule, Hochschule, Sonderschule).

Some databases do not transform the characters "ä", "ö", "ü" and "ß". We recommend the advanced search option if several derivatives are searched.

Search phrases: Several words can be combined in a search term, that is a search phrase, by means of "" (e. g.: "Kinder- und Jugendschutz" finds the exact match of characters, "Kinder- und Jugendschutz", but will not retrieve "Jugendschutz" as a word of its own). However, some of the databases included in the metasearch do not recognise search phrases.

Selecting a group of databases

The databases were grouped according to aspects of form and content. Please select a group of databases by ticking the respective box. You can find out what databases belong to a specific group by clicking on to the link symbol Info. This will open an information window.

You can select individual databases in the "Advanced Search" mode.

Submitting a search

Once you have defined your search sufficiently, you can submit it by pressing the "search" button.


Advanced Search

Entering a search quest

The Advanced Search function allows users to define their search quest more precisely by means of the four search boxes in the centre. Please use the selection box on the left hand side of the respective search box to chose the description (metadata) you would like to use for your search. You can choose from the following options:

  • Titel / Name: allows you to search for title key words in bibliographic databases, in specific databases you can thus also search for authors, publishers, editors. Databases of facts are searched for persons, institutions, events etc..
  • Index terms / City: bibliographic databases can be searched for key terms, in fact records are searched for addresses, location of an event or institution.
  • Free Text: the parallel search for information in all categories that may be interesting to the search quest.

Please enter one or several search words you wish to appear in the recorded result into the search box for an advanced search quest. Each search word needs to be separated from the next by a blank space. The "all words" box should normally be ticked in a default setting. It assures that all the words will appear in the record describing the target document ("and-conjunction"). Please deactivate the mode by clicking onto the box if it is sufficient that only one term occurs in the record ("OR" linking). Hence, you can search synonyms or different spellings in one field. (e.g.: Säugling Saeugling)

The fields below one another are automatically linked by an "and" conjunction. The advanced metasearch mode corresponds to the one described in the quick search section as regards the truncation, the transformation of characters, and search phrases.
Please consult the Short help suggestions prior to entering a search quest.

Year of Publication or year of recording: This field allows you to delimit the display of results to a year of publication or -in case of online ressources- the year they were recorded in the database. The search for publications and records from all years constitutes the default setting (=all). However, you can search for exactly one year (e.g.: 1996) or for particular periods of time, by specifying that the records should be published or recorded prior to a particular year or after (e.g.: < 1996 or > 1998) or if the year that is mentioned should be included into the search (e.g.: <=1996 or <=1998).

Number of results per database: Initially the display of results is limited to five results per database. It can then be extended up to 200 results per database.

Selecting a group of databases / an individual database

The databases were grouped according to aspects of form and content. Please select a group of databases by ticking the respective box. You can find out what databases belong to a particular group by clicking on to the link symbol Info. This will open an information window.

You can select individual databases freely by activating or deactivating the check box next to each database. You can obtain information regarding individual databases by clicking onto the Info preceding each database.

Submitting a search / Removing a search quest

Once you have defined your search quest sufficiently, you can submit your search by pressing the appropriate button. You can remove entries from search boxes by clicking onto the "delete" button. You can then define a new search quest.

List of hit records

The list of hits contains two columns:
  • Display of data base in (right hand margin, white background)
  • Short list of titles (in the centre, green background)

The display of databases on the right provides you with concise information concerning the number of results, the databases that were searched, and the number of results per database. The position of the database corresponds to its display in the short list. The names of the databases provide direct access to the respective section of the short list.

The short list contains title information in a segmented form. Each segment represents the results from a database.

The name of the database is succeeded by the names of the groups of databases the database has been assigned to. The line below a record provides information as regards the number of results and the current navigating position within a list of records. The number of displayed results is initially delimited to 5 per database. This default setting can be altered in the Advanced Search by selecting the number of displayed records per database. If the number of results in a database exceeds those displayed on the screen, more results can be accessed by pressing the appropriate button on the site.

The document titles represent links to the full display of a record in the context of a respective database. At this point, you exit the German Education Portal and are directed to the website offering the particular database. The "Back" function of your browser allows you to return to the list of records in the German Education Portal.

The succession by which the databases re ranked can vary owing to technical reasons only (response time). The correspondence of the contents to the search quest or the relevance to the subject of educational science, are of no significance in this context. The only exception is the position of the German Education Index, which will always rank first in the list of results.