Subject librarian

Level 1: Introduction to the University Library

(in the Autumn and Spring semesters)
Compulsory for first semester students (certificated)
Introduction to the subject website and the University Library services, to catalogue searching with exercises, to the two most important databases, optional guided tour of the open stacks, reading rooms and Information Centre.

Further training sessios of the library


Level 2: Searching for information in databases

(in the Spring semester)
For advanced students
Introduction to subject-specific databases (CMMC, The ARTs, JSTOR, Archiv Süddeutsche Zeitung) and how to search for information in databases with exercises.


Mon 18 March 2024, 2.15 to 3.45 pmUB Basel, 1st floor (Vortragssaal)Einführung in die UB und KatalogrechercheClaudia Bolligermandatory for first semester students
Mon 8 April 2024, 4.15 to 5.45 pmUB Basel, 1st floor (Vortragssaal)Fachinformation Medienwissenschaft, DatenbankenClaudia BolligerIDM-Kurs

Freely accessible online databases

DBIS Datenbank-Infosystem
Subject area: media and communication studies, journalism, film and theatre studies (in German)
Europa Film Treasures
Database of the most important European film museums and institutes with access to their film archives (-> website no longer available, since 22.10.13)
Connects you to 4 million digital objects (images, texts, sound recordings, videos). Several of these objects are world-renowned, while others are hidden treasures from European museums and galleries, archives, libraries and sound and image archives
OLC Movie and Theatre Science – Online Contents
The database indexes tables of contents from theatre, film and media studies journals
OLC Media and Communication Sciences – Online Contents
The database indexes tables of contents of subject-relevant journals

Freely-accessible electronic journals

EZB Electronics Journals Library
Subject area: media and communication studies, journalism

University Library holdings

  • Reference works (media, film, television, video, theatre, dance)
  • Textbooks (media, film, television, video, theatre, dance
  • Film, television, video, theatre, dance and media studies and critique
  • Cultural studies theories
  • History of media, film, television, video, theatre and dance
  • Contemporary media and film, television, video
  • Media technology and production
  • Media education
  • Filmmakers
  • Festivals and prizes
  • Comics
  • Films > DVDs (if possible in original language and subtitles in German, French, Italian oder English)
  • Journals and series
  • In the university’s computer network: bibliographic databases, electronic reference works, e-journals

Swissinfo Information about current affairs and issues related to Switzerland in the form of text, images, sound and video. News stories about politics, economy, culture and science take priority<
FARO Mediadatabase SRG SSR > on request at Info-Desk Swiss and international press (in German) Press review with a focus on Swiss and German language publications on the Internet. (in German) Journalistic added value (in German)
Neue Zürcher Zeitung Archive (Genios) (in German)

Media Index German-language media on the Internet (in German)
mediabiz Everything relating to music, film, games, video, DVDs, Internet (in German)
Online Newspapers Newspapers worldwide by country and region
Süddeutsche Zeitung Archive (in German)



Cinémathèque Suisse  (National Film Archive) (in German and French)
Fonoteca nazionale svizzera  (Swiss National Sound Archives, Lugano)
Swiss Films  (Promotion agency for Swiss filmmaking)
Lichtspiel  (Cinematheque Berne)
Memobase  (Search portal by Memoriav CH) (in German, French, Italian)
DFF (Deutsches Filminstitut Filmmuseum)  (Frankfurt am Main)
Institut für Kino und Filmkultur  (Wiesbaden) (in German)
Deutsche Kinemathek   (Museum für Film und Fernsehen)
The Federal Archives  (The central German film archives, documenting more than 100 years of German film history)
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung  (Wiesbaden) (in German)
Film museum  (Vienna)
La Cinémathèque française  (Paris) (in French)
Centre Pompidou  (Paris)
Luce Cinecittà  (Rom)
British Film Institute  (London)
MoMA  (New York)


IMDb  (Internet Movie Database)
Junge Filmszene  (Information about activities and offers of the film and video culture scene) (in German)  (Online portal for film education) (in German)
SPIO (Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft e.V.) (in German)
50 seconds Basel 1896 (The first film of Basel) (in German)

Media art

HeK  (House of Electronic Arts Basel)
Centre pour l'image contemporaine  (Saint-Gervais Genève)
INM (Institute for new Media)  (Frankfurt am Main)
documenta  (Kassel)
transmediale art & digitalculture  (Berlin)
Werkleitz (Zentrum für Medienkunst)  (Halle,Saale)
ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien  (Karlsruhe) (in German)
ARS ELECTRONICA (Linz)  (in German)
V2  (lab for unstable media, Rotterdam)
Dia Art Foundation  (New York)


Schweizerischer Bühnenverband  (Lucerne)
tpunkt  (Theaterschaffende Schweiz) 
Stiftung Sapa - Swiss archive of the performing arts (in German)
Swiss Theater Encounter  (Annual exhibition of Swiss theatre productions)
Gesellschaft für Theatergeschichte (Berlin)

Institute for Theatre Studies  (University of Berne)
Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft (Frankfurt am Main)