The Saarland Bibliography is hosted by the library catalogue K10+ and can be accessed online. At the end of 2019, the Saarland Bibliography contained around 94,000 records across all types of media (books, journal articles, online resources, CDs, microform materials). The Saarland Bibliography database contains a complete listing of all materials published after 1991.
The database is a regional bibliography that allows users to search for all topics of regional relevance. The primary purpose of the database is as a repository of publications of academic and scholarly interest. It does not seek to provide a completely comprehensive record of every available piece of published or unpublished material concerning Saarland.
In terms of its geographical scope,the Saarland Bibliography covers the area corresponding to Saarland in its current and historical forms, the Saar-Lor-Lux region (insofar as the published work concerns Saarland) and the former administrative territories in and around Saarland (e.g. the County of Saarwerden).
The Saarland Bibliography includesall forms of textual media, including books, articles, journals, CDs, DVDs, video cassettes, maps, online publications and microform materials. Wherever possible, the Saarland University and State Library aims to procure and preserve these items.
Materials that are not collected includemagazine fiction, fiction (published after July 2018) with no clear connection to Saarland, legal judgments, primary and subordinate legislation, statutes of companies or associations, advertisements, commercial promotional materials. Individual articles or essays in edited volumes are only included if they have a specific relevance to Saarland that is different to that of the edited volume of which they are a part.
At the present time, only some of the works published before 1991have been indexed. These include:
Most books (drawn predominantly from the SULB collection).
Most of the titles of periodicals published in Saarland, of which there were 4005 at the end of 2011, have now been entered into the database.
However, most of the articles in the periodicals listed in the printed Saarland Bibliography, which covers the period 1961 to 1990, have not yet been included.
The older bibliographies that index the literature of Saarland before 1991 are printed volumes that are in the process of being digitized. As only a small fraction of the records in the printed bibliographies have so far been entered into the online Saarland Bibliography, the printed editions remain an essential part of any full literature search.
The SULB is endeavouring to add data retrospectively to the Saarland Bibliography The long-term objective is to create a complete repository of literature relating to the Saar region throughout history. Time and personnel constraints mean that progress on this project is gradual. The retrospective additions are concentrated in three main areas:
The printed Saarland Bibliography from 1961 onward provides a reliable and complete index of the publications in that period. Most of the work on retrospective additions is therefore focused on the less-well indexed periods prior to 1961, in particular, the period before 1927.
As most of the books about Saarland in the SULB collections are already included in the Saarland Bibliography, work is being undertaken to complete the indexing process so that all books relating to the Saar region are recorded in the bibliography. This involves analysing citations, searching through antiquarian catalogues and incorporating gifts made to the SULB, such as the recent gift of the collections of the Saarberg Library.
To establish a broad-based initial collection of articles, selected journals with a connection to Saarland that were published before 1991 have been carefully examined and any relevant articles found have been added retrospectively to the bibliography. This process is still ongoing, but significant progress has already been made.
For any comprehensive literature search that aims to include titles from before 1991, the search must examine the records in the earlier bibliographies and in the printed volumes of the Saarland Bibliography covering the years 1961 to 1990.
The search fields
All of the items in the Saarland Bibliography are fully classified by subject. Each
To ensure that a publication is properly indexed, optional keyword tags can also be added to the record.
All such tags (keywords) and the numerical classification code can be entered together as search terms in the search field ‘Schlagwort und Systematik der SB’ [Saarl. Bibliography keyword tags and classification codes] and combined as required.<br/>
Examples of bibliographic searches
Enter your tag (keyword) or the numerical classification code in the field ‘Schlagwort und Systematik der SB’ [Saarl. Bibliography keyword tags and classification codes], such as ‘Arbeitslosigkeit’ [Unemployment], ‘Heinitz’ [a location tag] or the classification code ‘543420’ for ‘Bergbaugeschichte’ [History of mining]. Some search terms will yield large numbers of hits in the bibliography, in which case it may be worthwhile refining your search. Examples of refined searches:
A special problem arises when a search is made for works concerned with a main town or city and one wishes to ignore its incorporated districts or boroughs. For example, searching for Saarbrücken will always yield results that include the districts administered by Saarbrücken, such as Dudweiler. The solution is to search for Saarbrücken and then identify the first item in the results list that deals with Saarbrücken alone. Now click on the search topic of interest in the indexed database record. The search will find items that match your search topic but are restricted to Saarbrücken alone.<br/>
Help using the database
In addition to these instructions, there are other websites offering online guidance on how to use the Saarland Bibliography.
The Saarland Bibliography web page offers downloadable documents that provide additional information and assistance on the structure of the classified list of records, the record modifiers ‘Formaspekt’ and ‘Zeitaspekt’, as well as two articles about the bibliography’s history and its development.