Data sources

Currently, the search function of allows you to search within the following sources:

The Specialised Catalogue for Comparative Literature of the Frankfurt University Library comprises the collection of the former Special Subject Collection Comparative Literature, the new acquisitions of the SIS Comparative Literature as well as numerous other titles relevant to Comparative Literature. All publications can be loaned from the Frankfurt University Library or are available for interlibrary loan.

As a publication service for the Comparative Literature community, CompaRe offers scholars a platform re-publish their work in open access. Further information can be found under Open access on CompaRe in the Publishing module.

The database Online Contents Komparatistik contains tables of contents of more than 200 journals. It currently records more than 140,000 articles and reviews from 1993 to at least 2014.

The SIS Comparative Literature provides an e-book package from the academic publishing house transcript to a specific group of users. Information on the e-books and access modalities can be found on the SIS licenses page.

TextGrid Repository,"a digital preservation archive for human sciences research, offers an extensive searchable and adaptable corpus of XML/TEI encoded texts, pictures and databases. Amongst the continuously growing corpus is the Digital Library of TextGrid, which consists of works of more than 600 authors of German fiction (prose, verse and drama), as well as nonfiction from the beginning of the printing press to the early 20th century. The files are saved in different output formats (XML, ePub, PDF), published and made searchable. Different tools e.g. viewing or quantitative text-analysis tools can be used for visualization or to further research the text."

All content from the TextGrid Repository is indexed on It is available via the "Research data" category in the search results. Individual records offer direct access to the respective contents of the TextGrid Repository.

The Index of Researchers on is open to all researchers in literature or cultural studies and other disciplines who understand their work as comparative. Its purpose is to make one's own research activities visible to colleagues worldwide and to promote community building in Comparative Literature.

Klick on Registration to sign up for the Index of Researchers.

The Networking module on serves as a communication platform for Comparative Literature. The module contains daily news such as calls for papers, event announcements and vacancies and scholarship announcements as well as an index of academic institutions and research projects with a comparative focus and research-relevant web resources.

The contents of the module are submitted by users and curated by the editors of the SIS Comparative Literature.

The following sources are to be successively added to the Finding literature module:

The library of the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL) in Berlin is a specialised public library for interdisciplinary research in literature and culture. The library's main areas of focus include European literatures and cultural studies; literary theory and the history of literary studies; philosophy (especially aesthetics and its history). It also has materials on art history, media studies, religion and life sciences.

The Digi20 project makes available online digital copies of predominantly humanities and social sciences literature that is not in the public domain, with a focus on monographic works. The titles come from program segments of the publishers Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Wilhelm Fink / Ferdinand Schöningh and Otto Sagner. They are supplemented "up to a defined ‘Moving Wall’ of three to five years to the current year of publication".

Items that are of relevance to research in Comparative Literature will be selected from the approximately 6,400 titles and included in'ssearch index.

"BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic web resources. BASE provides more than 120 million documents from more than 6,000 sources. You can access the full texts of about 60% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access). BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library". will provide a selection of titles relevant to Comparative Literature that can be found via BASE.

The Annotated Bibliography on Literary Theory is produced at the Research Section for Theory of Literature at the Department of German Philology at the University of Göttingen. "The database comprises recent publications on all approaches and methods from the field of literary theory, supplying both bibliographical data and short annotations. It aims to provide an overview of research conducted in literary theory. Users are invited to contribute to the project by adding new entries as well as annotations."

The bibliograms are to be fully integrated into, boosting the availability of records on contributions to research in a field inherently linked to Comparative Literature.

The Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB) offers fast, structured and uniform access to scientific full-text journals. Using the well-known "traffic light system" (green = free access/open access, yellow = restricted access, red = no access/closed access), it provides access to electronic journals on all subject areas. will include a selection of periodicals relevant to Comparative Literature. Journals that are freely available will be made accessible directly from the list of search results.

The Datenbank-Infosystem (Database-Infosystem, DBIS) comprises more than 12,000 scientific databases. In DBIS, these databases can be searched by subject. A display of access modalities (free access, access subject to license, access via a national or alliance license, etc.) is possible.

For a selection of relevant databases will be made, which can be found via the Finding literature module.

National licences are electronic resources that are made accessible due to funding by the German Research Foundation. Access is available to members of universities, research institutions and academic libraries in Germany. will include in its search index a selection of nationally licensed databases that are relevant as resources for research in Comparative Literature.