OPEN WEB-SEMINARS (without registration)

Here you will find the new online lectures for the summer semester 2024.

Einführung Japan
16.05.2024 | 5-6 pm | Dr. Ursula Flache

In diesem Webseminar sollen die grundlegenden Recherchemöglichkeiten zu Japan anhand der CrossAsia Suche, Cinii Research und der Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB) vorgestellt werden. Wie finde ich in Deutschland verfügbare japanische oder westlichsprachige Bücher und Zeitschriften aus und über Japan? Darüber hinaus werden Services wie der Blaue Leihverkehr,  die Möglichkeit von Anschaffungswünschen und die Nutzung von Japan-bezogenen Datenbanken angesprochen. Die Veranstaltung richtet sich an Personen, die noch keine oder wenig Erfahrung in der Nutzung von CrossAsia haben.

Introduction Central Asia
28.05.2024 | 5-6 pm | Antje Ziemer

The webseminar deals with the subject area of Central Asia, which is defined geographically and includes Mongolia, regions of the Mongolian, Tibetan and Uyghur minorities in China as well as the Tibetan and Uyghur exile communities. In addition to general notes, basic research strategies for printed and electronic resources will be presented. The event is aimed at students and other interested parties who want to use the CrossAsia portal with selected databases, the StaBiKat and the digitised collections. The course will be held in English.

Introduction Southeast Asia
03.06.2024 | 5-6 pm | Tristan Hinkel

The online training course „Introduction Southeast Asia“ presents resources and research tips and is aimed at students and researchers in the field of Southeast Asian Studies. The focus is on the use of CrossAsia, the Digitised Collections and the StaBiKat. The course will be held in English.

Was steckt alles in JapanKnowledge?
04.06.2024 | 5-6 pm | Dr. Ursula Flache

Wie der Name der Datenbank JapanKnowledge schon andeutet, handelt es sich um eine Plattform für Nachschlagewerke und Wörterbücher zu/r Japan/Japanologie. Darüber hinaus besteht Zugriff auf mehrere historische Zeitschriften und umfangreiche elektronische Buchausgaben. In dieser Online-Schulung sollen die Recherchemöglichkeiten sowie die Inhalte von JapanKnowledge näher vorgestellt werden.

Introduction Japan
11.06.2024 | 5-6 pm | Dr. Ursula Flache

The topic of this webseminar is how to search for Japan-related materials in Japanese and/or western languages that are available in Germany. The overview includes the CrossAsia Search, Cinii Research  and the German Union Catalogue of Serials (Zeitschriftendatenbank, ZDB). In addition services such as the special inter-library-loan system called “Blauer Leihverkehr “, the possibility of acquisition requests and the access to Japan-related databases will be introduced. The course is aimed at users who have no or little experience with CrossAsia. The course will be held in English.

CrossAsia – Specialised Information Service Asia (FID Asia): an Introduction
12.06.2024 | 17:00-18:00 | Dr. Nicole Terne (SBB)

The introduction aims at users new to CrossAsia and its services. It will give a short overview of the history and tasks of the portal and the registration process followed by an introduction to CrossAsia Search, CossAsia Get it services (special interlibrary loan service, acquisition requests and digitisation on demand) and the features of the CrossAsia database portal. The lecture will be held in English.

Zeitschriftenartikel aus und über Japan
18.06.2024 | 5-6 pm | Dr. Ursula Flache

Die über CrossAsia angebotenen Datenbanken für Zeitschriftenartikel aus und über Japan bieten unterschiedliche Inhalte und Funktionalitäten. In diesem Webseminar sollen Cinii,  Web OYA-bunko, 雑誌記事索引集成データベース (Zassaku), Online Contents Ost- und Südostasien sowie Project Muse kontrastierend vorgestellt werden. Darüber hinaus gibt es einen Überblick in welchen weiteren Datenbanken sich Zeitschriftenarchive finden lassen.

Einführung Südostasien
26.06.2024 | 5-6 pm | Dr. Claudia Götze-Sam

Das Online-Seminar richtet sich an Anfänger:innen der Südostasienstudien sowie andere Interessenten. Es wird die Südostasien-Sammlung, besondere der originalsprachige Südostasien-Bestand, vorgestellt. Es werden Recherchemöglichkeiten nach südostasiatischen Materialien, insbesondere in nichtlateinischen Schriften, besprochen. Die Teilnehmer lernen die unterschiedlichen Kataloge, relevante Datenbanken und das digitale Angebot zu Südostasien kennen.

All upcoming web seminars can also be found in the event calendar of the Staatsbiblitohek zu Berlin under “Wissenswerkstatt”.

Additional training programms by Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

If you are looking for futher training programms about academic research, academic writing or specific trainings for PhD candidates, please follow this like to scheduled trainings and events of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

If you want to request a specific training programm for your insittution, feel free to contact us via the contact form bellow or via E-Mail.

All online courses are scheduled in Berlin Time / Central European Time (CET/UTC+1).

Please note: You can take part in the courses using your browser without having to install a special software. Please click on the respective button “meeting room” below, follow the link “join via browser” (“über Browser teilnehmen”), and enter your name. Please allow, for the Welcome, that the Meeting room may access to your microphone and video. During the session, please deactivate the video function via the Meeting room menu, in order to improve the connection. If you do not want to say something yourself, please also deactivate your microphone.


  • Training courses on request from your institution, such as for a class, workshop or a colloquium. We will do our best to accommodate your specific wishes. These training courses can be conducted at your institute or online-based. Please note: Due to the Covid19-Corona pandemic, we presently only offer online courses. Please contact us by using the form below or via e-mail.
  • Open online courses with dates for general introductions, as well as with region-specific content. Follow this link for the current dates, incl. the access links for the individual sessions.
  • Open online courses on specific types of materials and research tools, as well as further offers of the FID Asia project and CrossAsia; you can find up to date information in our course plan below. You can also suggest specific topics, which we eventually may bundle up and integrate into our programme. For communicating your suggestions, please also use the form below or contact us via e-mail.


CrossAsia How-to Videos

CrossAsia Get It

CrossAsia Search

Database Search



User guides

User guides within the respective databases are often very informative. These are often labeled as:
ヘルプ /このデータベースについて / ユーザーガイド /  ?  /  使い方 / マニュアル etc.

Freely accessible user guides of the database providers (often Japanese versions are more detailed than English versions…):

Relaunch Yomiuri Shimbun


“CrossAsia Classroom” — CrossAsia

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