More than just a library catalogue:
Find research literature and further information resources relevant to comparative literature with our discovery system.
As diverse as comparative literature itself:
We develop our information supply according to a flexible profile, based on the requirements of current research.
Open Access with
Our repository for comparative literature is your partner for open access publishing – from conference reports to entire online journals.
E-Journals made easy:
We provide a free hosting service for open access journals, via the widely-used software Open Journal Systems (OJS).
Keep up to date:
You will be able to find and disseminate CfPs, job offers, scholarships, research reports and more on a collaborative platform.
Make yourself and your research known:
The researcher index will allow you to list your current projects and research foci and to find out who shares your academic interests.
FID AVL: Specialised Information Service for comparative literature
With avldigital.de, the FID AVL is developing a new online portal that will combine a specialised literature search tool with publishing and information services. Based on constant feedback with the research community, avldigital.de sets out to serve comparatists’ current needs for literature and information supply.
The project is being realised at the University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main from 2016 to 2019. A beta version of the portal will go online in summer 2017.
So far, the following institutions are supporting our work:
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft (DGAVL)
- Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL), Berlin
- Arbeitsstelle für Theorie der Literatur, Göttingen
- Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik (MPIEA), Frankfurt
- Graduiertenkolleg „Europäische Traumkulturen“, Saarbrücken.
A scientific board of advisors is accompanying the conceptional development of avldigital.de.
The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) supports the project within the Specialised Information Services framework. This funding programme aims to develop new information infrastructures for accessing specialised literature and research-specific information and to offer innovative services based on constant feedback with the research community in each discipline.
Survey: Gimme five!What information do comparatists need? Five answers help us to improve our information service. Please click here.
Thank you very much for your support!
More than just a catalogue
You want to get an overview of a topic? You are looking for a certain article? Or you need literature on a specific epoch?
Find literature relevant to your research and more with our search module’s powerful discovery system – as you would with a search engine. Sophisticated filtering options allow you to narrow down your hits according to your individual needs.
Through constant exchange with the research community, we provide the resources reseachers in comparative literature need in their current work on our integrated interface:
- Selected catalogues of research literature
- Digitised, specialised text collections
- Open access publications in comparative literature
- ToCs of the most important journals
- Overviews of databases, e-journals
- … and much more!
Online access and print
You didn’t find the book you were looking for? Suggest titles missing in our catalogue using our Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) Service.
Via inter-library loan, publications acquired by the FID AVL are available in other (German) research libraries.
Exclusive e-book-package: The FID AVL offers free access to a selection of e-books published by Transcript Verlag to authenticated users. Click here for more information:
New AcquisitionsTake a look at our monthly new acquistions. All titles are available via interlibrary loan (ILL).
As diverse as comparative literature itself
Our FID-catalogue is continuously expanded by new acquisitions from German and international publishing houses.
We acquire new publications according to a flexible profile, based on the requirements of current research and co-developed with our partners, our board of advisors and our users. We aim to cover current trends as well as traditional fields of work of comparative literature in Germany.
The guidelines for our collection profile are the following fields of research and terms:
|Literary Theory and General Literary Studies||Interrelations||Forms and Themes in International Contexts|
Open access publishing made easy
Our Open Access Repository CompaRe is your partner for digital publishing!
CompaRe, short for Comparative Literature Repository, provides you with a comprehensive portfolio of services in terms of open access, tailored towards comparative literature.
Open access means free, unlimited access to research literature for everyone. All over the world, more and more scientists, research institutions and scientific publishing houses choose this option to disseminate the results of scientific work online. Open access increases the visibility of your research output and enables it to contribute to the current discussion instantaneously.
This is how it works:
- We catalogue your publication according to librarian standards and subject-specific criteria, providing metadata that make the documents easier to find in other library catalogues and by search engines.
- We archive the documents on our server. They are provided with a unique identifier (URN), making them permanently accessible and citable.
- Each document on CompaRe can also be found on avldigital.de. Furthermore, it is also indexed as an online publication at the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, DNB).
- Your publication’s metadata are transferred to BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine), one of the biggest meta-search engines for academic documents on the web.
Discover CompaRe!For the time being, CompaRe's archive can be reached at the publication server of the Frankfurt University Library.
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We will gladly provide you with detailed information on options for cooperation and will also advise you on planning an open access strategy for your institution.
Of course, individual authors are welcome to use CompaRe as a self-archiving firstname.lastname@example.org
E-journals made easy
Give your online-journal an overhaul:
with the web-based e-journal management software Open Journal Systems (OJS). We support you with our OJS hosting service. It includes an introduction to the OJS-Software, as well as archiving and providing continued access to already published contributions.
Our service is addressed to institutions, research projects, publishing houses and research groups, with established e-journals that are published open access, or with ideas for an open access journal.
Our open access co-operation partners
- Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL) Berlin – browse ZfL-publications already archived on CompaRe here.
- Graduiertenkolleg Europäische Traumkulturen, Saarbrücken
- Aisthesis Verlag - Articles from Colloquium Helveticum, the Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft (SGAVL) Yearbook (beginning in 2015), archived on CompaRe
- Max Planck Institut für Empirische Ästhetik (MPIEA), Frankfurt/Main
- Komparatistik online
Keep up to date!
Especially in interdisciplinary work, it can be difficult to keep up with all information sources– news services, blogs, mailing lists, newsletters … Imagine all their contents bundled in a single place!
avldigital.de is developing a collaborative platform that compiles important news from the research community in a single place. In a joint effort with our co-operation partners, we gather subject-relevant news and information, categorised by formal criteria:
- Current news from the research community
- Blog posts
- Calls for papers
- Job offers and scholarships
- Research reports
- Institutes, departments, faculties
In collaboration with the DGAVL and the ZfL Berlin, the FID AVL is already blogging news.
Think we missed anything? Let us know about events, job offers and more using this email address:
Make yourself and your research known!
Networking with your colleagues at home and abroad? Want to find out who shares your research interests? Announce new publications? Easy!
Our researcher index will allow you to list the foci of your academic work, contact data and current research projects, and benefit from the following features:
- Subscribe to fields of research in order to learn who shares your interests
- Keep up to date on your colleagues’ new projects
- Annouce new publications and make them accessible on CompaRe
- Disseminate news about your project by simply adding them to your profile.