The Search page is used to build a list of hits that meet your search criteria.

You can use search templates to facilitate frequent searches. A search template consists of the search term, the time period of the search as well as the sources to be searched. For each search template you can define alerts.

To open more than one search window in parallel, click the Plus symbol in . The new search window is opened in a separate browser tab.

For more information on tips and tricks for searches, click here.


No search term To display all articles of the selected time period and sources, leave the grey search field empty.
Entering search terms To limit the search result to articles containing certain words, enter these words in the grey search field.
Exact search

Exact search is searching for the string of characters entered in the search field in exactly the same way as you enter it and includes the use of upper and lower case. This may be used for search terms taking different meanings according to grammar.

To use exact search, in the search field, enter your search term exactly as required and put it in straight, single, upper quotation marks.


'Lahm' is searching for the football player Philipp Lahm, but not for the German adjective "lahm" (lame) – except if the adjective is written with a capital first letter at the beginning of a sentence.

'VOR' is searching for the Austrian transport association “Verkehrsverbund Ostregion”, but not for the German preposition "vor".

Only use the quotation marks '<search term>', but not <search term> or ´<search term>`.

Exact search can be combined with other search terms or search options.

List of suggestions While you enter a search term, a list of suggestions for a likely completion of your search term is displayed.

If you use the logical UND/AND or a space to separate several words, the search result will only contain articles where all the words you have entered will be present.

With the logical ODER/OR , all articles containing one of the words you have entered will be included in the search result.

Further options You can refine your search terms with further options such as linking several words with logical operators or using placeholders in connection with variations of words.
Clearing search terms Click Clear search term to remove all entries from the search field.
Activating the word stem search Activate the Activate word stem search checkbox to include grammatical variations of your search terms in the search. For example, a search for “house” will also produce hits containing the word “houses”.

Time period

To define the time period of your search, choose one of the following options:

Relative time specifications From the dropdown list, choose a period of time. All periods of time are in reference to the current time.
Manual selection In the date and time fields, enter the respective values.

Click the calendar symbol to select the respective date.


To define the sources to be searched, choose one of the following options:

Choose the sources via a text search or choose them from a bundle.

Choosing sources via a text search

To choose a source via a text search, enter the name of the source you are looking for, a part of its name or its reference in the search field.

By adding the sign “^” in front of the text you enter, only sources starting with your search string will be considered.

The centre column found sources displays all sources meeting your entry.

Press ENTER to move all sources that were found into the selected sources column. Sources already available in this column remain. Press ENTER again to move the sources you have just selected back to the centre column.

Pressing Ctrl+ENTER moves all sources that were found into the selected sources column while those sources already available in this column are removed. Pressing Ctrl+ENTER again moves the sources you have just selected back to the centre column. The sources that were removed when adding sources are not restored.

Bundles of sources

To select sources from a bundle, click the respective bundle in the left-hand column Quellenbündel (bundle of sources).

The centre column sources from bundle displays all sources contained in that bundle.

In the sources from bundle column, click all sources you want to use for your search.

To select all sources of a bundle, click the arrow in the header line sources from bundle.

The selected sources are displayed in the right-hand column selected sources.

Removing sources

To remove a selected source, click it again in the selected sources column. The source is moved back to the sources from bundle/found sources column.

To remove all selected sources, click the arrow in the header line selected sources.

Departments, categories and services

Individual selection Activate the respective checkbox to include a department, a category or a service in your search.
Global selection Click select all to search across all departments, categories and services.
Removing restrictions Click deselect all to remove all restrictions on departments, categories and services.

Buttons and links

Search templates and alerts

To save the current search criteria as a search template for later reuse, enter a search template name in the text field New search template in the Search templates and alerts area and click create. The new search template is displayed in the Personal search templates area. By clicking the link of a search template you can define it as your standard search template, modify it, activate alerts or delete the search template.
Reset search form Click reset search form to remove all of your changes and reset the form to the standard settings.
Search Click search to start a search based on the criteria you have defined. The list of search results is displayed.