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
26 Jan 2022 | 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 von CrossAsia und ein Überblick über die koreanischsprachigen Datenbanken.

Einführung China & Taiwan

27 Jan 2022 | 5 pm–6 pm | Dr. Gerd Wädow (SBB)

Diese Online-Schulung richtet sich an Anfänger und Anfängerinnen in der Sinologie sowie Interessierte anderer Fachbereiche und erfordert keine speziellen Chinesischkenntnisse. Behandelte Themen sind:

  • Allgemeines zu Sammlung und Erwerbungsprofil der Ostasienabteilung der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.
  • Grundlegende Möglichkeiten der Suche nach gedruckten und elektronischen Ressourcen aus und über China und Taiwan.
  • Das Portal CrossAsia.
  • Ausgewählte Datenbanken und elektronische Ressourcen mit China- bzw. Taiwan-Bezug

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.

To arrange specific training courses for your institute, please contact us by using the form below or 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…):

Testzugang: Dai kanwa jiten


“CrossAsia Classroom” — CrossAsia

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