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Economics and Social Sciences

Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998. Business Source Premier is superior to the competition in full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost.

Please note: The free use of Business Source Premier is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access.

Business Source Premier Logo with man in background is the starting point for market analyses, benchmarking and lead generation in the eCommerce sector. The database provides insights into detailed revenue information of 20,000 online shops worldwide.

Please note: The free use of ACM Digital Library is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access.

[Translate to Englisch:] Logo ecommerce DB

This overview combines the offer of more than 6000 available e-books in the fields of Business & Management, Business & Finance, History, Literature & Performing Arts, Political & International Studies, Social & Cultural Studies etc.

Please note: The free use of Palgrave Connect is only possible within the university Intranet and university VPN-access.

Statista provides access to quantitative facts regarding over 80,000 topics drawn from over 22,500 renowned sources from 170 industries. We offer access to the German and International Statista platform and the "Global Consumer Survey" module.

The Global Consumer Survey allows analyses of consumer behavior and media usage in the on- and offline world based on the data of 700,000 consumers from 55 countries, who were surveyed about 50 topics and 6,500 brands.

Please note: The free use of Statista is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access.

WDI Online enables access to the world database.

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Please note: This is a freely accessible database.

WiSo-Database offers the most comprehensive range of German literature for the Economic and Social Sciences with a fast and efficient access to 2.7 million full texts of more than 290 magazines, more than 7.2 million references from the scientific topics psychology, social sciences and economics, 86 million articles from the daily and weekly press, and 34 million corporate information.

Please note: The free use of WiSo is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access.


Beck-Online allows full-text access to the legal standard works of C.H Beck., authoritative comments and manuals, nearly all of Beck's magazines, including archives, extensive case law and more than 4,000 laws.

Please note: The free use of Beck-online is possible with VPN access and a free Beck-online login. After you are logged in to the university network via VPN, please register for free on the website using your HTW-Berlin e-mail address.

Juris is the legal information system for the Federal Republic of Germany. With the help of databases which are available online, a search of legal norms, jurisprudence, administrative regulations, books and journal articles in almost all areas of German law is possible. In addition, you have access to Staudinger BGB.

Please note: The free use of Juris is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access.


The ACM Digital Library is a research, discovery and networking platform containing:

  • The Full-Text Collection of all ACM publications, including journals, conference proceedings, technical magazines, newsletters and books.
  • A collection of curated and hosted full-text publications from select publishers.
  • The ACM Guide to Computing Literature, a comprehensive bibliographic database focused exclusively on the field of computing.
  • A richly interlinked set of connections among authors, works, institutions, and specialized communities

Please note: The free use of ACM Digital Library is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access.


Physik Online provides detailed lectures on the entire curriculum of physics, from elementary foundations to further specialized fields. Concise overview texts, easy-to-understand explanations and compact summaries enable an optimal understanding of the subject areas.

  • Covering the whole curriculum of Physics
  • Quick and comprehensive information to more than 100 subjects with extended lists of further reading including annual updates
  • Swift results due to detailed Thesaurus of 20,000 keywords
  • Special highlighted content like Examples, Exercise/Solution, Consider, Learning Target and Summary
  • Inclusive Bermann/Schaefer Physics Online

Content: Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Optics, Thermodynamics/Heat, States of matter, Components of matter, Astrophysics, Applied physics, Physics didactics, Mathematical methods and Concepts/Sizes/Units.

Please note: The free use of Bergmann/Schaefer is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access.

Please note: From 1st September 2020 the database Bergmann/Schaefer Physik Online will be offered as part of the new Physik Online reference. Up to the end of 2020 there will be updates, after this, there will be no more updates but the state of the database will be preserved and available. (09/2020)

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FGSV-Regulatory Guidelines

The FGSV-Regulatory Guidelines, is released by the Research Institute for Roads and Transportation. All technical regulations ranges road construction and traffic engineering there are in digital form.

Please note:
Access to the database is only possible in the campus network via the computer in the reading rooms of the Central Library Campus Treskowallee and the Library Campus Wilhleminenhof.
Any use on your own laptop or through the VPN client is not possible.

The  IEEE Electronic Library (IEL)  is a powerful resource for discovery of and access to scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners.

The IEL provides web access to more than five million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics. More than two-million documents are in robust, dynamic HTML format. 

This content is offeres via the IEEE Electronic Library:

  • over 1 million articles from 198+ journals
  • 1,400+ conference proceedings
  • 14,000+ papers from selected VDE conferences
  • 5,100+ technical standards
  • about 2000 E-Books
  • 400+ educational courses
  • 4,800 IEEE standards documents

Approximately 20,000 new documents are added to IEL each month.

Please note: The free use of IEEE Electronic Library is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access.

Nautos is a database supporting users searching for standards and technical regulations. DIN standards can also be accessed.

The following DIN standards are available:


  • the german standards, including all designs, pre-standards and supplements
  • DIN EN standards (European standards adopted by DIN)
  • DIN EN ISO standards: DIN ISO standards (international standards established as European standards and then adopted automatically by DIN)
  • DIN ETS standards (European telecommunications standards adopted by DIN)
  • DIN IEC standards (International electro-technical standards adopted by DIN)



  • ATTENTION: these are only available on CD-ROM (please contact the circulation desk in the library Campus Wilhelminenhof check)

Please note: The free use of Nautos is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access.

Please read § 53 Urheberrechtsgesetz before use. Authorized users are permitted to print / save the search results only for personal academic purposes. Sending standards in part or whole by e-mail is not permitted. Those opening the Perinorm database programme are required to indicate that they acknowledge and accept these conditions.

Members of HTW are allowed to duplicate parts of the content for teaching purposes.

RÖMPP Online is the most extensive encyclopedia in chemistry and related subjects and offers access to information on the following topics:

  • biotechnology and biogenetics
  • chemistry
  • food chemistry
  • materials science and engineering
  • natural material
  • environmental and process technology

Many structural formulas, diagrams and web links help in understanding the contents and offer helpful insights.

Please note: The free use of RÖMPP Online is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access.

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Construction Engineering

Under are many technical information for planning and building, bundled from various databases of the Fraunhofer IRB. The information will be continuously expanded and maintained by professionals.

Please note: This is a freely accessible website.

RSWBplus is an extensive literature data base on all topics related to building and construction.

  • papers published in journals
  • book chapters and textbooks
  • dissertations
  • conference papers and proceedings
  • research reports
  • technical bulletins, standard specifications, norms (from Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • gray literature

Many publications can be read online or ordered at Frauenhofer IRB.

Please note: The free use of RSWBplus is only possible within the university Intranet and via university

Art / Design

Bloomsbury Fashion Central is a dynamic digital hub for interdisciplinary research in fashion and dress. Content is peer reviewed by industry and academic experts and includes interconnected major reference works, exclusive articles, scholarly eBooks, case studies, biographies, lesson plans, bibliographic guides, textbooks, video content, runway and backstage photos from fashion shows, and tens of thousands of images from museums around the world to create a rich educational resource.

Besides the Berg Fashion Library and the Fairchild Books Library, you can find the Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive here. Showcasing nearly 3,000 fashion videos from the YOOX-NET-A-PORTER Runway Archive Collections, the Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive documents fashion’s most spectacular era, from 1979 to 2003. Collection highlights include Vivienne Westwood’s provocative shows, disruptive innovators Hussein Chalayan and Rei Kawakubo, les enfants terribles Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, and the rise of the supermodels.
The videos are accompanied by exclusive scholarly articles that provide essential context to the collection, shedding light on key shows, the evolution of trends, iconic designers, and the transformation of runway spectacles to performance art. Articles have been specially curated by Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at FIT, New York.

[Translate to Englisch:] Logo der Datenbank Bloomsbury Fashion Central

In Prometheus you will find 1,475,384 high-quality digitized images from the fields of arts, culture and history.
Prometheus is a distributed digital image archive that currently connects 87 databases from institutes, research facilities and museums on a common user interface. Situated at the Institute of Art History of the University of Cologne, prometheus is supported by the non-profit association prometheus e.V. which promotes the ongoing developments of the digital media for science and research.

Please note: The free use of Prometheus is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access. Users are required to login via their campus access before researching in Prometheus. Users are required to confirm that they have read and agree to the conditions of use. Then you can ‘enter’ the picture archive.

SiLK the Security Guide heritage of the Conference of National Cultural Institutions is used with his introductory essays, questionnaires and knowledge pool of raising awareness for the issue of security and the protection of cultural assets in museums, libraries and archives.

Please note: This is a freely accessible website.

The Database WGSN contains prognosis data with which to estimate trends in fashion, retail and consumption.

Tutorials: WGSN Youtube-Channel

Please note:  The free use of WGSN is only possible within the university intranet. Access via a VPN-access is not possible. Please use the following login data:

  • Username: htwberlin
  • Passwort: wgsn12


Langenscheidt Online-Dictionariesare available in multiple languages to various fields such as engineering, economics, electrical engineering, etc. as well as dictionaries of foreign words, Duden, etc.

Please note: The free use of Langescheidt is only possible within the university Intranet and via university VPN-access.