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The best place to start a search for our printed books and licensed e-books is the online catalogue.
If a particular book or current edition is not in stock or not licensed, you can order it immediately via our document delivery service or make a acquisition proposal.
If you do not find the topic you are looking for in the online catalogue, you can continue your search in LIVIVO, the ZB MED's search portal for life sciences, or at www.buchkatalog.de (thematic search possible).
Search the online catalogue
The info boxes in the right-hand column of the online catalogue (at the bottom on smartphones) provide all the necessary information, including information on how to search by topic.
You can limit your search to books and/or e-books before you start the search by using the box "Filter by media type" (see screenshot), or after the search by using "Change search query" (see screenshot).
There is a separate page for university theses.
Online catalog: Lending and full text access
Printed books (textbook collection and monographs) can either be taken off the shelves in the library and borrowed ("signpost" function available), reserved if borrowed, or ordered if the title is located in a clinic/institute library or on a so-called permanent loan (extended loan period). See Lending & User Account.
You can access the e-book full text by clicking on the link "Online available" or in the detailed view via the "Full text link" (see screenshots), see also: access notes.
- Exclusively for the students of our faculty, about 100 titles on pre-clinical (subject areas anatomy, biology, natural sciences, physiology) and about 900 titles on clinical medicine and peripheral areas are offered in multiple copies (> 10,000 media) for borrowing in the main library. In the reference collection of the textbook collection in the rear left area (see map) there is 1 reference only (not for loan) copy of each textbook. In addition, textbooks are usually available with 1 copy in the monograph collection.
- Location: front left side with blue shelf numbers 1 - 8 and blue class mark labels on the spines of the books. Additional red stickers on the spine of a book indicate an insert in the media cabinets behind the circular table (CD-ROM/DVD, same signature) or in the book.
- The media are arranged according to subject area abbreviations, e.g. Derm for dermatology
- The signatures identify the location and consist of the subject area abbreviation and additional characters for book, edition and copy. Orth 54/2:c means: specialty orthopedics, consecutive number for the book, 2nd edition, copy c. Often the current and pre-edition are available.
- If e-books are licensed parallel to the print editions, you can access them with your smartphone via the QR codes on the shelves of the textbook collection.
- In the main library and in the libraries of the institutes and clinics, about 11,500 monographs from all fields of medicine and its peripheral areas are available for loan. The holdings in the institute and clinic libraries can partially be ordered. If books cannot be borrowed, e.g. loose-leaf publications and certain reference works, this is indicated both on the spine of the book and in the online catalogue.
- Location: front left side with red shelf numbers 9 - 14 and red class mark labels on the spines. Additional red stickers on the spine of the book indicate an insert in the media cabinets (CD-ROM/DVD, same signature) or in the book.
- The books are arranged by subject groups (with links to the online catalogue).
- The class marks identify the location and consist of the subject group abbreviation and the first 4 letters of the author or title (if there is only an editor), for example G 5g Meie. The subject group abbreviations usually consist of 3 characters, for example G 5g: G stands for internal medicine, 5 for hematology, g for blood coagulation diagnostics.
- E-Books in our Online Catalogue
Our e-books listed in the online catalogue (with links to the full text) are distributed among the following publishers or platforms, whose most important features are shown in the following list. The links to the respective title overview are led via the Database Information System (DBIS) Heidelberg (except Karger and Elsevier Health Science).
On Springer and Karger see also "Remote access" via ZB MED.
- readable online (HTML) chapter by chapter in part
- with search function (also chapters as hits)
- contents can be downloaded in full or in chapters as PDF
Thieme E-Book Library
(approx. 35 titles, German language)
- PDFs can be downloaded chapter by chapter
- In order to access the e-books from outside the faculty network, you need a so-called home access (free registration in the faculty network), which enables further functions such as saved highlights and notes.
- Readable online with Flash or EPUB; bookmark, copy and note function after free registration; readable offline via "bookshelf" only with the PC software iPublishCentral Reader
A maximum of 5% of the book volume can be printed per browser session.
- Readable online (HTML) chapter by chapter and downloadable as PDF, with search function
- Four titles can be read online via 123Library as single license (max. 1 person can access simultaneously); with search function, bookmark, marker and note function after free registration; logout via "Exit"; print function is limited to a certain number of pages (will be displayed)
(579 titles, 1997-2013, English language)
- PDFs can be downloaded chapter by chapter
- Access to "Active subscription" titles
(approx. 60 titles, German language, mainly from psychology)
- Readable online with search function
- Print and PDF download after free registration
(approx. 45.000 titles from various publishers, English language, mainly IT and business)
- Access via Uni-ID
- Few titles in Topic "Medical Science"
- Readable online (HTML), no print function
(approx. 670 titles, IT knowledge for research & teaching)
- PDF download of all learning materials
- Accompanying materials such as worksheets, exercise files etc. also available as downloads
- with search functions (in the catalogue by topic or also search by title, author, categories)
- "Remote access" via ZB MED
Independent of the online catalogue, the ZB MED offers e-books for registered users via "remote access".
The e-book packages include the "ProQuest EbookCentral", accessible via LIVIVO, with around 6000 e-books from various publishers in the medical field, of which around 4500 are in English. The approximately 2000 English-language books of the Springer publishing house contained therein supplement our Springer packages (until 2008 and from 2020, see above). In addition, around 200 English-language e-books from McGraw-Hill and around 850 English-language e-books from Karger with publication years 1997-2020 (supplement to the package in our online catalogue).
In LIVIVO you can access the desired title via "Full text online" > "Accessible to users with ZB MED library card" > Login (with date of birth in the form DDMMYY) at the conditions of the publisher or platform (usually download PDF chapter by chapter and read online).
For login you need a virtual user card - for this you have to fill out an application and forward it together with a double-sided copy/scan/photo of the ID card to the ZB MED.
All info can be found at https://www.zbmed.de/en/search-find/e-books-and-e-journals/remote-access/.
- Karger Fast Facts
Fast Facts is a series of medical handbooks published by Karger with approx. 130 mainly English-language e-book titles from various areas of medicine.
Access is possible in the faculty network or for faculty members via https://www.umm.uni-heidelberg.de/ezproxy/index.php?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.karger.com%2Ffastfacts.
Note: To see the PDF/EPUB/KINDLE buttons, please click on the TABLE OF CONTENTS tab, see screenshot.
- NLM Bookshelf
The NLM Bookshelf offers full-text access to around 9000 biomedical English-language e-books. These are exclusively so-called "grey literature", i.e. publications by mainly academic institutions and not by commercial publishers.
On the "Browse Titles" page there is an overview of the "Publishers", see screenshot.
In addition to HTML and PDF, there is also a view in PubReader format and a print view.
- Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a database for searching peer-reviewed open access books with a link to the full text on the respective publisher's site.
After the search (free search or advanced), you can filter by subject (one or more are assigned), publisher, language and year of publication on the right, see screenshot Subject.
You can also search or browse for subjects or publishers on the right, see screenshot.
A test search with some English-language terms from the health sector yields around 9000 primarily English-language hits.
- Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
Access: Harrison’s Internal Medicine
20th edition of 2018, continuous updates until September 2021.
In addition to access to the online readable full text (search within the book, adaptation to mobile devices, PDFs downloadable chapter by chapter, read-aloud mode with highlighting options), special features are available, including:
- Notifications of updates to a chapter ("Supplementary Content" tab).
- Atlases (visual material in 16 chapters, Part 23)
- Videos (in the chapters)
- 17 clinical procedure video tutorials (Part 24)
- Review Questions (Quiz): start a self-selected number of questions as random selection or per speciality, the correct answers can already be displayed after each question.
- Visual Cases: around 70 cases, each with two images and additional information: Input at "What is Image A/B?" and display of the answers.
- Podcast with case discussions (Podclass).
Access is possible within the faculty network, outside this network members of the faculty are authorised to access (see access options to e-media).
For some features it is necessary to create a free MyAccess profile:
- Create review questions and answer cases
- Save chapters, cases, review questions, videos, images and tables in your dashboard
- View recently viewed content
- Download images directly in PowerPoint
Here are some screenshots of the features mentioned:
Catalogue apps: search and account (NEW)
With our catalogue apps for Android and iOS you can:
- search in our catalogue and reserve/order books/media
- view borrowed books/media and renew them if necessary (account)
- be notified about expiring books/media
Notes: The location guide function is not supported. The media type filter is not selectable by click as in the online catalog. You can also include accounts from other libraries, e.g. Mannheim City Library, in the apps.
Search for web opac in Google Play (see also link) and select our library from a list after installation (... > Mannheim > " Medizinische Fakultät der Universität Heidelberg"). Then log in with your user number and password.
In the settings you can set up the start screen and the notification about expiring media (x days before, with/without repetition).
After a search, the hit list shows a green dot for borrowable/orderable (for university publications link "Vorbestellen" via three dots in the upper right corner of the detailed display), an orange dot for borrowed (link "Vorbestellen" via three dots in the upper right corner of the detailed display). Online media are indicated by a corresponding icon.
Search for mobilopac in the App Store (see also link). After installation, log in with user number and password and select our library from a list ("Mannheim: Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University").
In the settings of iOS > mobilOPAC you can set up reminders ("ERINNERUNGEN") about expiring media (x days before) and activate entries in the calendar.
After a search, the hit list shows a green dot for borrowable/orderable (for books: holdings display in a separate tab, for university publications: link "Vorbestellen" in the detailed display), a yellow dot for borrowed (link "Vorbestellen" in the detailed display). Online media are indicated by a corresponding icon.