Imagine a library with no walls, and where the whole University is reservoir of knowledge. I imagine Karlshochschule is exactly like this. The centrally located library forms the heart of the University, and spaces for reading and studying can be found throughout the entire campus, and are available to all students and visitors.
This means you're always surrounded by knowledge, and everywhere on the campus there are places where you can simply read, or dream about foreign cultures, or think about new ideas.
The library comprises more than 14,000 books as well as approximately 30 journals and is generally open to all interested parties. External visitors can use the library during the opening hours.
Karlshochschule International University
Karlstraße 36 - 38
Phone: +49 721 48095 318
NOTE: Please always observe the current usage concept of the Karlshochschule Library according to the valid Corona Regulation. Opening hours and borrowing options are subject to adjustments and specific regulations and will be communicated regularly via update here on the library homepage together with the library usage guidelines.
See our "Library Usage Guidelines Summer Term 2022" in the information below:
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Copies of each Bachelor's and Master's thesis until 2018, which has been rated accordingly very good are available in the library for viewing. The theses could be requested at the library desk during the lending times. Viewing of the theses takes place exclusively in the quite study area of the library and ends at the end of the lending time (library desk). The theses with submission until 2015 can be researched in the online catalogue. The provision of theses view copys with submission from 2019 is provided password protected as a digital copy in the Infopool of the library of Karlshochschule. The copyright for all originals of the attached pictures, plans or the like is held solely by the author of the respective thesis. Any duplication is forbidden.
In order to borrow a library book, you will require your Karlshochschule student ID card. Books of which several copies are at hand can be kept for a duration of two weeks. A prolongation of this time is possible as long as no other reservation has been made for the book in question. Certain books ("Präsenzbestand") can only be lent out overnight and weekend, to be returned the following work day – at the Service Desk during the lending times. Journals and Bachelor Thesis are exempt from loan.
The Karlshochschule has purchased a campus license for the software "Citavi for Windows - Reference Management and Knowledge Organization". Employees and students of our university can use this high-performance program for their studies, teaching, and research at their workspaces and at home. Citavi supports students and researchers in all stages of their work with literature management and organization of knowledge. The Campus license allows students and employees of the Karlshochschule to use the full version Citavi free of charge. Citavi permits you to organize your literature, research in technical, subject-specific databases and library catalogues, to replenish literary content, to collect quotations, organize knowledge, draft texts, plan tasks, and automatically create bibliographies in varying citation styles. The latest version is Citavi 6. Support for the Citavi program can be accessed in the "Tutorials" section. Get your Citavi Campus License now.
The database info system Datenbank-Infosystem (DBIS), as mentioned above, provides you with access to all open scientific databases, as well to such which are solely licensed by Karlshochschule.
The databases are organized by topic and can be sorted by database type. If you wish to have access to the University's licensed databases, follow the link "Datenbanken" on the library's homepage and click on "Sammlungen" to the left. Then proceed to "Lizenzierte Datenbanken", where you will be presented with listings of all databases. An overview of all possible databases can be found here.
EBSCO Business Source Premier (BSP)comprises full texts concerning all economy fields, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accountancy, finance and business. Additional full text contents consist of market analyses, industry reports, country reports, company profiles, and SWOT analyses. Within the entire University, the database can be openly accessed, access outside of the university via VPN admissions (Virtual Private Network). You can find the Business Source Premier database via the Datenbank-Informationssystem (DBIS) or on BSP.
The Political Science Complete (PSC) contains full text from more than 520 journals, as well as indexing and abstracts for more than 2,900 titles (including recognized scholarly journals), including many single-issue publications. The database also includes more than 340 full-text reference works and monographs and more than 36,000 full-text conference documents, including those from the International Political Science Association. The database is freely accessible within the university. For use outside the university, a connection to the university's network must be established via VPN (Virtual Private Network). Users can access the Business Source Premier database through the Database Information System (DBIS) or directly through the link to the PSC
Essay databases allow you to browse for journal articles on specific topics and consequently find a selection of papers containing said articles. However, you will not immediately find their full texts. The essay databases can be accessed through the Datenbank-Informationssystem (DBIS).
The Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB) is one of the world's largest databases in which you can find journals, serial titles, newspapers, databases, yearbooks, etc., everything that was and is published periodically in print or electronic form and is held in German and Austrian libraries. The ZDB also lists the holdings of more than 4,000 German and Austrian libraries for the titles. The ZDB does not list individual articles, only journal titles!
An example for the use of the Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB): Neither in the databases nor via the Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB) is there access to the text of an article - What to do now?
The library has a number of print journals. Journals are generally not available for loan. A short-term loan in the house during the loan time is possible. For this, kindly leave your student card at one of the desks. The journals must be returned no later than 5pm at the service desk. For access to archived journals previous issues, please ask at the library desk or by mail to library(at)karlshochschule.de. Electronic journals can be searched for through the Electronic Journals Library – EZB.
Journal rankings provide you with an overview as to which papers possess a high scientific rank in a certain field of expertise. There are different ways of constructing such a ranking, an important criterion being the Impact Factor (IF) of a journal. An IF is determined by the number of times the corresponding paper is cited in other journals. The most renowned Journal Rankings are the "Science Citation Index" (medicine, technology and science), the "Social Science Citation Index" (humanities), and the "Arts and Humanities Citation Index“ of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). These rankings are not uncontroversial and liable to pay costs. In addition there are further rankings which are determined through diverse criteria and are accessible free of charge throughout the web. Journal Rankings
JSTOR is an interdisciplinary archive of scientific journals. Karlshochschule enjoys access to about 300 journals of the business sector, the humanities and the sociology field of the first year, up to a "Moving Wall" two to five years before the current one. The database can be openly accessed throughout the University, access outside of the university via VPN admissions (Virtual Private Network), access details can be obtained either via the DBIS or directly via www.jstor.org.
The Karlsruher Virtuelle Katalog (KVK) allows you to research in library and bookstore catalogues throughout the world. As such, they are able to simultaneously comb through a majority of different scientific libraries in Germany.
The Library Regulations of the Karlshochschule International University document the general rules and usage rules, diligence and replacement obligations, regulate the registration and lending, it defines the admission to use and lending, the user groups and their loan periods, the handling of the various library media and the Interlibrary loan. Download here and in the Infopool. A printed version is also available in the library.
The loan period amounts to 2 weeks, renewals are possible, provided that there are no pending reservations.
The Literature Module for the Master's Program is arranged separately by semesters and modules. The latest version of the library classification system can be seen here:
- Mastermodules Library classification – Master Management
- Mastermodules Library classification - Master in Social TransFormation – Politics, Philosophy & Economics
- Common Mastermodules Summer Term 2021
Karlshochschule stock currently contains more than 14,000 volumes and 30 ongoing print journals.
The movies in stock are found in the showcase in the rear part of the quite study area. For borrowing, you take out the empty case of the desired film and bring it to the library desk where the DVD will be handed out. It is possible for movies to be loaned only during the lending times at the library counter. You can borrow the movie for up to 2 weeks, extensions are possible. All movies can be searched for at the online catalogue.
To improve the provision of electronic information at German universities, research institutions and scientific libraries in a sustainable manner, the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" ("German Research Council") has financed their acquisition of national licenses as of 2004. The aim of this initiative is to guarantee scientists, students and scientifically interested individuals free access to databases, digital compendiums, and electronic journals. Again, you can gain access to the subscribed offers of Karlshochschule via the Datenbank-Informationssystem (DBIS).
Prolongation for loaned media can be requested via email library(at)karlshochschule.de, phone +49 721 48095-318, or asked about at the library desk. Renewals are possible at least 2 days before the loan period expires. Renewals are not possible when the medium is reserved. We grant up to 5 renewals on a loan copy. Overnight and weekend renewals will not be extended.
The Karlshochschule library offers a number of electronic media (databases, eJourals). When using all databases and e-media subject to licensing provided by Karlshochschule, the respective license and copyright conditions must be observed.
Preregistration for loaned media can be requested via email library(at)karlshochschule.de, phone +49 721 48095-318, or asked about at the library desk. You will be notified by email, as soon as the first copy of the reserved book is available. The reservation will be held and be valid up to one week, after which the book will be returned to its shelf.
The reference library includes media that is available to all users at all times and can't be borrowed except in certain cases (see "Loan"). These books can be recognized by the yellow sticker "Präsenzbestand" on the book spine. A short-term loan is possible only on campus. To do this, kindly register the medium and leave your student card at one of the desks. The medium should be returned no later than 5pm at the service desk.
A reserve shelf for a semester contains documents and media put together by lecturers, all relevant to their courses. They can be accessed by all at all times. However, they cannot be borrowed for home use. These reserve shelves are located in the front section of the library.
Statista is one of the world's largest statistics portals. The statistics database is the basis for a fast and comprehensive search for figures, data and facts with instant access to statistics. Statista conveniently bundles statistical data on over 80,000 topics from more than 22,500 sources on four platforms: English, French, German and Spanish. The academic citation function allows the original source to be automatically played out in five internationally standardized citation forms.
Our books are organized categorically. Thus, books dealing with mutual subjects are placed side by side. You can find a book's location by searching through the library's catalogue under "Signatur". Should you be unable to find a certain book, feel free to ask us. Additionally, the following library map should aid you: Subject Classification System.
A TAN is a transaction number that is valid as a "one-time password" for exactly one online interlibrary loan order. The TAN must be entered into the order form to complete an online interlibrary loan order and verifies the order in the interlibrary loan portal. After submitting the order, the TAN is validated. TANs can be requested from the library by email with the subject "TAN Request".
- CITAVI 6: Citavi 6 Short Introduction – Getting started
- CITAVI 6: Citavi 6 Video: Ready, Set, Go!
- CITAVI 6: Support
- CITAVI 6: Handbook
- CITAVI: Citavi Tutorials YouTube
- EBSCO Introduction
- EBSCO Advanced Searching
- EBSCO Using the Result List
- EBSCO Business Source Basic Searching
- EBSCO Business Source Advanced Searching
- JSTOR: How to Search JSTOR - OVERVIEW
- JSTOR: Quick Start Guide
- JSTOR: How to use JSTOR (for Students)
- JSTOR: Research Basics: an open academic research skills course
- JSTOR: Research tools on JSTOR
- JSTOR: An Introduction to Searching on JSTOR
- JSTOR: Quick Tips Basic and Advanced Searching on JSTOR
- JSTOR: How to Use Your Free Reads with an Individual Account
- JSTOR: Using JSTOR to Start Your Research
- JSTOR: How to register & get free access to content
- JSTOR: What is JSTOR Text Analyzer?
- JSTOR: FAQs
- Statista: Explainer
- Statista: Guided Tours
- Statista: Succesful Working
- Statista: Publishing Content
- Statista: Content Types Overview
- Statista: Media Center - Every Tutorial, Every Tool
- Statista: Webinars - Live Training
Should you wish to use the electronic offers of the University (e.g. e-journals, various databases, SPSS) at home, you can connect with Karlshochschule via VPN (Virtual Private Network) and make your PC part of the campus network.
Get step by step tutorial for setting up the OpenVPN on Windows and Mac Computers via Infopool IT.
The periodicals in the library are listed in the Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB). You can search through this database when you are looking for a particular serial title and would like to know which library in Germany can provide it. The ZDB is one of the world’s largest databases for journals, newspapers, yearbooks, monographic series and other serial publications, everything that was and is being published periodically in printed or electronic form from all countries, in all languages, without time restrictions, in printed, electronic or digitised form. Currently more than 4.000 libraries in Germany and Austria catalogue serial titles and local holdings information in the ZDB. The ZDB currently contains more than 1,8 million title records, of these are e.g. 61.000 newspapers and 191.000 e-journals. It does not contain contents, i.e. journal articles, but only journal titles.
Furthermore, via the Electronic Journals Library (EZB) you can access the full contents of many scientific periodicals. For titles which are not available in the EZB, the ZDB will tell you which library can lend you the print issue.
Searching for journal articles
In order to search for articles on a particular topic, you first need to search in databases of articles. You can find these via the Database Information System (DBIS). Here you can click on the desired subject area and then sort the databases according to their "database type". This lists all the article databases for that particular subject area and you can search within them for articles.
Once you have found an article that interests you and the title of the periodical it is in, you can first check to see if the full text is accessible via the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).
If this does not provide you with the full text of the article, you can use the Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB) to find out which library has a print copy of the required periodical and then request a loan from that library.