In order to support institutes in research and teaching, the Specialised Information Service Asia (FID Asien) offers CrossAsia training courses and information material supplementing the FID Asien and CrossAsia’s offers for students, researchers and teachers.

On this page, you will find our training programme, current course dates and additional information material, such as flyers, handouts, and How-to videos. If you have additional requests or questions regarding our training programme, please contact us by using the form below or via e-mail:


We offer the following training programme:

  • 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.
  • We do also offer 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.


Here you find the current dates for general introductions, area-specific trainings or the use of specific types of materials and research tools. The courses are open to the public. Dates and information are updated continually, so it pays to have a look once in a while.

The link for a pending virtual meeting will be published in due time in the announcement section below. Registration is not necessary, you can join spontaneously. By using the contact form, however, you can also pose questions – in due time before the course – regarding the content or request specific topics to be addressed in the course.

If not noted otherwise, the language of lecture is German. If you are interested in an English-language course, you can contact us in good time and we will try to provide the course in English.

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. This also eliminates disturbing background noise and annoying feedback. Everything else will be addressed during the session.

Einführung Korea
11 May 2021 | 5 pm-6 pm | Dr. Felix Siegmund (SBB)

Die Einführung gibt einen Überblick über die Benutzung von CrossAsia und über die koreabezogenen Inhalte in CrossAsia. Im Mittelpunkt stehen die praktische Nutzung des Portals sowie die koreanischsprachigen Datenbanken.

Einführung Südostasien
12 May 2021 | 5 pm-6 pm | Dr. Claudia Götze-Sam (SBB)

In der Online-Schulung „Einführung Südostasien“ wird die Südostasien-Sammlung, insbesondere der originalsprachige Südostasien-Bestand, vorgestellt. Es werden Recherchemöglichkeiten nach südostasiatischen Materialien, vor allem in nichtlateinischen Schriften, besprochen. Die Teilnehmenden lernen die unterschiedlichen Kataloge, relevante Datenbanken und das digitale Angebot zu Südostasien kennen.

Introduction Japan
18 May 2021 | 7 pm-8 pm | Dr. ursula Flache (SBB)

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 basic search tools CrossAsia Search, the OPAC of the East Asia Department, the StaBiKat 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.

Resources on South Asia
19 May 2021 | 5 pm-6 pm | Elizaveta Ilves (UB Heidelberg)

In our online seminar, we will introduce various offers and search options that the FID Asia provides for researchers whose focus of study lies in the field of South Asian Studies. We will present a wide range of resources such as e-journals, online databases and digital collections. Furthermore, we will show you how to navigate through them and get the resources needed for your research fast and easy online.

Zeitschriftenkataloge und Zeitschriftendatenbanken für China
20 May 2021 | 5 pm-6 pm | Dr. Cordula Gumbrecht (SBB)

Dieses Webseminar möchte einen Überblick geben über die Möglichkeiten zur Recherche nach chinabezogenen Zeitschriften bzw. Zeitschriftenartikeln, angefangen von StaBiKat, Online-Katalog der Ostasienabteilung und Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB), bis hin zu Datenbanken, die relevante Volltexte westlich- und chinesischsprachiger Zeitschriften enthalten, wie MUSE und Brill Online Journals, CAJ und China Monographic Fulltext Database (CMSD).

Introduction China / Taiwan
26 May 2021 | 5 pm-6 pm | Dr. Gerd Wädow (SBB)

In this presentation, intended for beginners in Sinology, as well as for anyone interested, regardless of their fields of study, we will deal with the following topics:

  • Information about the Chinese collection and the acquisition profile.
  • Basic search options for, and in, printed and electronic resources from and about both China and Taiwan.
  • The research portal CrossAsia.
  • Selected databases and digital resources with regard to China and Taiwan.

Making research visible – Open Access publishing with the FID Asien
27 May 2021 | 5 pm-6 pm | Nicole Merkel-Hilf (UB Heidelberg)

With our three publication platforms, the FID Asia supports scholars in Asian Studies in publishing their research results in open access. Our services range from hosting electronic journals to publishing monographs in various formats – electronically as PDF and HTML, but also as print-on-demand.

In this online course, our various publishing options will be presented in detail. Further, copyright issues and Creative Commons licenses will also be addressed.

Further trainings and workshops at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

You can find further trainings and workshops for researching, academic writing or catering the specific needs of PhD students in the event calendar of Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

More open training courses will be added during the summer term.

To arrange specific training courses for your institute, please contact us by using the form below or via e-mail.


CrossAsia How-to Videos

Registration (in German)

Login (in German)

Acquisition request (in German)

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…):

Testzugang: Dai kanwa jiten
Bijutsu shinpô und Ronza
Testzugang zu RONZA


“CrossAsia Classroom” — CrossAsia

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