stabikat+ FAQ

Stabikat+ is a so-called discovery system. A search is carried out in a general search index which contains several hundreds of millions of journal articles, books, bibliographic references and much more. Each record of the StaBiKat catalogue is also listed in stabikat+.

The content mainly come from the Anglo-American area and therefore most are English documents. When searching for texts in other languages please also use further databases. If you have questions, we would be happy to answer them at one of our information points.

In stabikat+ you find many journal articles, single articles from collections and full texts. Often you can search in full texts or in abstracts of publications. In the StaBiKat book titles and serial titles are listed. A search is only possible within the bibliographic data (title keywords, author names, subject headings). If you search for a title of a book or journal please use StaBiKat.

The standard access point is the simple search with one search field. You can search by any topic, words of a title you may know, author name, etc. When you enter English search keywords into the search field, the system searches for the singular and plural form of the word.

Yes, the search system supports non-Latin characters like Chinese, Japanese or Cyrillic on the basis of UTF-8 (Unicode).

By using the link Search Options below the search field you have the possibility to narrow your search from the start. This is useful to explicitly search for certain publications.

You can also use different criteria to narrow the Advanced Search and you can connect several fields with the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT.

The following fields are offered as standard:

TX All Text: search within full texts in addition to the fields listed below

AU Author: search for author

TI Title: search for title keywords

SU Subject Terms: search for descriptors (=content-descriptive subject headings)

SO Journal Title/Sources: search for journal title or resources

AB Abstract: search for words in the abstract

IS ISSN: search for the International Standard Serial Number, e.g. journals

IB ISBN: search for the International Standard Book Number

With the help of filters and facets on the left of the result list you can further narrow your search results. This works in the same way as a search engine or a commercial site.
Please note that not all data sources provide information for all facets, therefore not all records can be found when you use a filter option. Facets are a possibility to limit search results but they do not cover all results.

Terms are not uniform because of the heterogeneity of evaluated sources, including author names and subject headings. For a comprehensive search use a variety of spellings as well as synonyms. Instead of German umlauts or specific letters from other languages please also search with basic vowels and consonants.

For a subject search it is appropriate to include subject headings in other languages.

In the result list you get information on the availability of each hit below the short-title display. At best you can find a direct link to the full text or you can check the availability by using the button link@sbb. A click on this button opens a menu with menu with links to either the full text or to the StaBiKat and further reference tools.

When using stabikat+ from outside the Staatsbibliothek, links to full texts might not work correctly. In this case please use StaBiKat to get access to electronic resources.

1. Phrase search

You can use quotation marks (e.g. "fourth symphony") to search for a specific word order.

2. Truncation

To truncate means to shorten terms by using placeholders. The common truncation symbol * stands for any number of characters. Right truncation and truncation in the middle of a word are possible:

  • immigra* results in, e.g., immigration, immigrant, Immigrationspolitik,
  • so*ial provides results like social or sozial.

3. Boolean operators: AND, OR, NOT

Boolean operators can connect two or more search words. You can specify your search and broaden or narrow the results with OR (broaden), AND (narrow) or NOT (exclude). As a standard feature, several words will automatically be connected with AND. In the simple search you can enter operators between your search words, you may use capital letters and English spelling. In the advanced search you can use the pull-down menu on the left side of the search fields.

The result list shows the first 20 hits on one page. They are sorted by relevance. The relevance depends on the appearance of your search words within the descriptors (subject headings), the title, other data fields, the abstract or the full text (descending order). You can change the sorting to a chronological sorting at the top right.

With a click on the title of a hit you switch to the detailed record that gives you further relevant information like subject headings or abstracts.

The feature "Add to folder" can be used to cache your results.

On the right-hand side of the detailed record you find various options:

1. Add to folder

You can add your results to a temporary folder. During your session the saved information is available on the right-hand side (“Ordner”). If you like to save your search results for longer than your session, EBSCO offers the possibility to register for “My EBSCOhost”. In this personalised account you can save your preferences, organise search queries in folders, share your folders with other users, save and view your search history or create e-mail alerts and/or RSS feeds.

2. Print, E-mail, Save

You can select different display formats for printing, emailing or exporting your search results.

3. Cite/Export

The system offers various citation styles (e.g. AMA, APA, Harvard, MLA). With the Export-Manager you can export your results into standard reference management software (e.g. CITAVI, EasyBib, EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, Zotero).

4. Create Note

You can create notes for your results. To permanently save and access your search results, you may register for “My EBSCOhost”.

5. Permalink

This feature allows a clear identification of the result through a permanent URL. This makes referencing easier.

6. Bookmark

You can share your results on social media, save them as favorites, print or e-mail them.

Outside the Staatsbibliothek the library’s guest access provides a limited display of results. For full functionality please log in with your library card number and password. Remote access requires a valid personal library card of the Staatsbibliothek.

When using stabikat+ outside the Staatsbibliothek, links to full texts might not work accurately. In case of problems, please use StaBiKat to access electronic resources. 

stabikat+ im Remote Access

The full texts of articles or copyrighted parts may be saved or printed only for personal use and research. Any systematic download of articles or search results, especially with robots, is prohibited. Articles or further electronic resources may neither be passed on to third parties electronically nor be used commercially. Please also take note of the terms of use of the respective editor or publisher. Copyright regulations apply.

We are happy to help you! Please come to one of the information points on site or contact us.
The Staatsbibliothek offers regular training courses. Introductions to using our library as well as the sessions of the knowledge lab present the numerous and varied possibilities of the system.
For further questions the EBSCO help in English can also be helpful. You can reach it via the question mark symbol on the right of the search field.
The discovery system is in constant development. Your suggestions and criticism are welcome and contribute to its improvement.