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BMS online - Bibliographie des Musikschriftentums online -Bibliography of Music Literature online

The Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums online (Bibliography of Music Literature on-line) is an international and interactive bibliography of literature on music. This bibliographic reference tool is edited by the » Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, and may be used free of charge. It is the continuation of the printed volumes which stop with the report year 1988. Currently, BMS online has more than 277,000 records of literature on music. BMS is supplemented by the OLC-SSG Musicology, which incorporates the contents of some 150 music journals from 1993 onward. On ViFaMusik, the German subject gateway for music research, you can find a wealth of additional resources.


The GBV-digiCULT is an online research catalogue for digital cultural heritage.
Currently it covers the holdings of approximately 29,500 records of digital objects from about 45 museums of the Museum Portal North of the federal-states Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg. Additionally it includes 2.000 records of digital objects from the Virtual Antique Museum (Viamus) of the archaeological institute of the University of Göttingen and approximately 3,000 records of digital objects from about 12 museums of the Museum Portal Saar of the federal-state Saarland.

The holdings of the digital objects are linked to the corresponding source in the original portal, so that this information is available too.

GBV-digiCULT database is constantly expanding by the digital cultural heritage of further institutions.


Printed Maps before 1850 - IKAR

Altkartendatenbank - Database of old maps - Base de données de vieilles cartes

The database contains printed thematic and topographical maps, globes and atlases before year of publication 1850 inclusive, as well as facsimiles of these maps and other reprints which are part of the holdings of the participating libraries.
Exceptions are map series which were published before and after 1850.

At the end of the year 2012 the database of old maps contained bibliographical entries of approximately 269,700 map titles with about 320,000 holdings. 4,550 maps are digitized.

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General information
Information général

Libraries participating - Beteiligte Bibliotheken - Bibliothèques participantes

Bibliography of Books Printed in the German Speaking Countries from 1601 to 1700 (VD 17)

The bibliographic project, Bibliography of Books Printed in the German Speaking Countries from 1601 to 1700 (VD17), sets out to establish a German National Bibliography of 17th-century imprints. All German titles and all titles which are printed or published in the former German-speaking countries will be catalogued. Broadsheets are listed, musica practica (notations) and maps are excluded.

As the main libraries responsible for the project the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin State Library), the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Bavarian State Library Munich) and the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel (Duke August Library Wolfenbüttel) have guaranteed the continuation of the database since funding by the DFG (German Research Society) expired in 2007.

The cataloguing is done book-in-hand. In order to improve bibliographic information and facilitate the identification of different editions cataloguing records are linked to digitized images of keypages, when possible they are linked to completely digitized books.

VD 17 will be continuously enlarged and made more complete by contributions from associated libraries. Further institutions are invited to participate in the project.

Please do not hesitate to contact if you want to suggest bibliographic corrections or if you have any additional questions concerning VD17-cataloguing rules.

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