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I would like to make myself familiar with a subject.
I need help from experts.
EconDesk is a service of the German Central Library for Economic Sciences (Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften, ZBW). Using this resource you can ask questions regarding economic issues either by e-mail, chat or telephone. Expert responses are received typically within two business days.
I would like to assess the content of literature.
Before purchasing a book or visiting a library it is good to first assess their relevance. The following suggestions will help you save time in finding the right information.
Dandelon.com is a search engine for scientific literature which is operated by the AGI-Information Management Consultants and several libraries. Using Dandelon you can search for the latest books and articles across all scientific disciplines. Many sources are available in full-text format.
The Google Books search engine can provide access to selected content of millions of books worldwide from both libraries and publishers.
I search for literature that has been published in and about Germany.
I search for freely available scientific documents.
In science, there are more and more freely available documents on the Internet. For searching use the Open Access platform. A list sorted by subjects will guide you to the Open Access literature available within your subject of interest.
I search for scientific search engines.
Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)
BASE is a search engine of the University Library Bielefeld for scientific open access documents. The metadata are provided by document servers worldwide.
Economics Search Engine (ESE)
ESE cross-searches thousands of economic web pages. Quality control of sources is made by RFE (Resources for Economists on the Internet).
Google Scholar provides a search engine specifically for scientific literature sources such as, books, journal articles and scholastic papers.
I would like to know for what an abbreviation stands.
The following link provides definitions of acronyms, abbreviations and initials.
I search a translation.
This dictionary is available from the Technical University of Chemnitz.
Lexicool: Dictionaries, Translation and Language Resources
"Lexicool" is a directory of more than a thousand bilingual and multilingual dictionaries on the Internet.
Linguee is a unique combination of editorial and dictionary in one search engine and allows you to search millions of bilingual texts for words and phrases.
This web resource contains learning materials (language articles) for the English language and thousands of links to language and subject dictionaries in over 300 languages which are generally accessible. It also offers very specific subject dictionaries (specialty dictionaries, predominantly in English) for all subjects.
I would like to work scientifically with Citavi.
Citavi Team - Reference Management and Knowledge Organization
Our university has purchased a campus license of the software Citavi Team which can assist you during the process of scientific working from research to the final manuscript.
Imagine, you search the Internet for suitable sources for your academic work. By clicking on the Citavi icon you can automatically collect interesting sources. Then you can integrate the collected information into your text. Finally, the program enables the automatic creation of a bibliography.
The literature thus stored, you can also assign key words and categorize. From each text you can extract citations, arrange them systematically and connect them with own thoughts and draft proposals.
Thanks to the Team version, several people may work simultaneously on a document.
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