Literature research


Research Portal HoWeR

The research portal HoWeR is the central research tool of the library. With a few exceptions, you can find all printed and electronic resources available at HWR Berlin. By integrating different databases also found journal articles, videos, patents and trade publications.

In Simple Search, you can use the search box to search for specific titles, author names, or keywords and keywords. After the search, the result list can be further limited and specified via the facets on the left margin.

Using the advanced search, it is possible to specify certain fields (eg title or author) for the search. In addition, several search terms can be linked via Boolean operators. This makes it possible to formulate complex search queries.
shortcut with AND

  • Documents are displayed that contain both search terms.
  • Example: Supply Chain Management AND textile industry

shortcut with OR

  • Documents containing at least one of the search terms (either one or the other, or both) are displayed.
  • Example: Nachhaltigkeit OR Sustainability

shortcut with NOT

  • Documents are displayed in which the search term following NOT is not found.
  • Example: extremism NOT right-wing extremism

Fixed terms can be searched by using quotation marks using the phrase search. You will only get results in which this expression occurs in the specified word order.

  • Example: "Corporate Social Responsibility"

To include all grammatical forms of a search term, you can use truncation to reduce the term to its parent. In the search, the * is interpreted as none, one or more letters, so you can find all forms of the search term.


Online Databases

The HWR Berlin offers a variety of different databases. In addition, there are also numerous freely available offers. See the list of online databases for an overview with access information. Via DBIS (Database Information System) you can see offers from other libraries and database, which were acquired with the support of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and its partner institutions.


Newspapers and magazines

Magazines at HWR Berlin are available to you either in printed or digital form. All journals in the library are listed in the HoWeR research portal. Please pay attention to the available publication period. You can find access to digital content directly in the HoWeR entry; just follow the link provided. Printed magazines cannot be borrowed. Use our copying or scanning options. At Schöneberg campus you will find a selection of German and international daily press in printed form, which will be kept for a maximum of one week after publication.



Printed theses with a release date from 2009 can be submitted via HoWeR with the Input "Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht" AND Hochschulschrift AND keyword from the Title to be searched. Final papers of the FB1 in electronic form can be found on our Publication server OPUS.

The Representative for women‘s affairs and gender equality Office collects gender-specific theses by graduates of HWR Berlin at Schöneberg campus in Room 2.57, Badensche Straße 52. A current list with the collection of works from 1997:


Professional online research services

Here you will find a selection of services for specialist research in criminology, international and interdisciplinary legal research, Political Science, Sociology and Economics. Some of the services may be chargeable.


Directory of selected libraries

The following selection represents only the most important libraries with business administration literature outside of the HWR Berlin. Please note that in the semester break changed opening hours usually apply. Please ask for these at the given telephone number or inform yourself on the specified website of the institution.

Kooperativer Bibliotheksverbund Berlin-Brandenburg
Zuse Institute Berlin
Takustraße 7, 14195 Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin
Garystr. 39, 14195 Berlin
Tel.: 030-8385-1111

Freie Universität Berlin
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Bibliothek, Fachbereich Volks- und Betriebswirtschaftslehre
Garystr. 21, 14195 Berlin
Tel.: 030-8385-2117

Freie Universität Berlin
Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Garystr. 55, 14195 Berlin
Tel.: 030- 8385-5559 (Auskunft)

Technische Universität Berlin
Universitätsbibliothek im Volkswagen-Haus
Fasanenstr. 88, 10623 Berlin
Tel.: 030-314-76101 (Informationscenter)

Technische Universität Berlin Fachbibliothek
Wirtschaft, Recht und Statistik WiWiDok
Straße des 1 Juni 135, 10623 Berlin
Tel.: 030-314 22601

Universitätsbibliothek der Humboldt-Universität
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1-3, 10117 Berlin
Tel.: 030 - 2093-3212
(Wirtschaftswissenschaften integriert)

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Zentralbibliothek
Treskowallee 8, 10318 Berlin
Tel: 030-50192235 (Auskunft)

Haus Berliner Stadtbibliothek
Breite Str. 30-36
10178 Berlin
(030) 90226 – 777

Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Haus Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden 8, 10117 Berlin
Tel.: 030-266-1426/1204 (Auskunft)
Haus Potsdamer Straße
Potsdamer Str. 33, 19765 Berlin
Tel.: 030-266-3301 (Auskunft)

Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin
Haus Berliner Stadtbibliothek
Breite Straße 30-36, 10178 Berlin
Tel.: 030-90226401 (Auskunft)

Haus Amerika Gedenkbibliothek
Blücherplatz 1, 10961 Berlin
Tel.: 030 90226-401 (Auskunft)

Interlibrary loan of books of the FES library

Interlibrary loan of books of the FES library

HWR members can use the inter-library loan service of the library of Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) free of charge.

To trigger an order, please use the following form.

Click here for the FES catalog for your research.

Purchase proposals for literature that does not exist in the library of HWR Berlin:

Campus Lichtenberg:

Campus Schöneberg: hsb.cs(at)

Subject line: "Acquisition request"


Further search options

A very good way to search for scientific literature on the Internet offers the search engine Google Scholar. For freely available documents, a link to the full text is displayed directly here. In order to also get access to the licenses of the HWR, enter in the settings under "Library Links" the "Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin".

Google Scholar is also suitable for citation analysis in addition to CiteSeer.


Graphics / Audios / Videos

Public domain images, as well as audios and videos to create digital and printed content, can be found in Wikimedia Commons, the free media archive for public domain and free-licensed media content.

For exact verification of image rights and for generating a correct copyright notice, the Attribution Generator can additionally be used for images.

Statistical evaluations on current topics are compiled in Statista in an appealing and clear way in Infographics in german language.

Overview of contact points for free pictures on the Internet