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Learning on Your Own


Orientation in the Library

You would like to inform yourself about the collections of the departmental libraries, conditions in the Library as a place to work and study and the different services?

Get to know our Library and  take a virtual tour through our departmental libraries:

The guideposts help you find your way around the buildings:

The media in our departmental libraries are assembled thematically by means of the Regensburg Verbund classification (RVK). The classification can be explored via the RVK Online (in German).


Literature Research and Obtaining the Documents

All media available in the Library may be found via online catalogue (OPAC). A short introduction to the OPAC is provided in the OPAC Tutorial  (in German).

Subject-specific databases are used to search for journal articles and subject-specific papers. Here you can find a list of Online Tutorials for Selected Databases.

An overview of the complete range of subject-specific databases can be found in the Database Information System (DBIS).

Literature needed but unavailable in the University Library may be requested via interlibrary loan. Detailed instructions are provided by the Interlibrary Loan Tutorial (in German).


Reference Managment

Reference management programs provide the possibility of administering bibliographical references and of structuring them. Inform yourself about the availability of reference management software at the University of Potsdam. A concise overview of different reference management programs (in German) has been given by the SLUB Dresden.

The following list provides online tutorials relating to various reference management programs: