Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde

Library A to Z



The University Library would like to make the stay in the library as pleasant and uncomplicated as possible for all people with disabilities. An elevator provides barrier-free access to the respective floors. A handicapped accessible toilet is located on the ground floor.

Acquisition Proposal

An acquisition proposal of media to supplement the library collection can be submitted via the homepage. The person who submitted the proposal will be registered as the first borrower* and notified accordingly. Click here for the acquisition proposal.



Bags and backpacks may not be taken into the university library. They must be locked in the designated lockers. Work materials etc. can be taken into the library in baskets (which are located in the entrance area).

Bibliographic description

Is a standardized formal specification about a publication. In the case of a book, these are, for example, title, author, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, number of pages, ISBN.

It forms the basic structure of every literature reference, bibliography or bibliographic database. The exact elements to be included in the bibliographical descriptions are determined by citation regulations in the scientific field and by special regulations in libraries and documentation.


Campus licence

Is the right to use an electronic service (database or electronic journal) throughout a university.

Access authorisation is usually controlled by the IP addresses of the computers from which access is gained. Since universities have connected IP areas, a database with a campus license is automatically activated for all computers connected to the university network. In addition, university members can access the products by dialing into the university server at home (VPN).


Individual work booths can be used by students and staff of the university for scientific work. They are located on the upper floors of the university library.

The carrels can be reserved at the lending desk for a period of 5 opening days. The period of use can be extended (in case of low demand) from 2 opening days before expiry.

The key can be obtained by handing in the GreenCard or the library card (deposit) at the lending desk.  If you use the Carrel for several days, you can leave your working materials in the Carrel overnight. Carrels must be cleared on the last day of use.

Please let us know if you no longer need the carrels so that others can use them as well.

Catalogue (OPAC)

Electronic catalogue accessible to the public via the Internet in which the media holdings of a particular institution (e.g. a library) are listed. The catalogue lists media that a library makes available for use, usually with information on where and how they can be used. Library catalogues today are mostly searchable in electronic form as online catalogues via the Internet. As a rule, only independently published literature that is made available by a library itself is included - but not, for example, articles or documents that can be freely used on the Internet. In addition to the formal and thematic search for literature and its location, online catalogues usually also allow online reservation and extension of loan holdings, as well as direct access to electronic media in many cases.

  • The OPAC is the online catalogue in which you can search the holdings of the HNE Library.
  • You are welcome to use our introductory videos on the homepage for this purpose.
  • Research stations are located at the entrance of the university library and at the entrances of the respective floors.

Changes of address

In the event of a change of address, students will provide their new address to the Student Service.

Citation rule

Rules that enable the unambiguous description and identification of documents. There are different citation practices in different scientific disciplines as well as at national and international level. There are also specific rules for citing sources from the Internet. Correct citation, however, always makes it possible to verify the accuracy of the information required for scientific work.

Example: In any case, the author(s), title and year of publication must be stated for books, for journals the title of the journal and year or volume and year of publication.


This is a special software for literature management and knowledge organization. It enables the administration and further processing of literature references, quotations and bibliographical references electronically.

Citavi offers the following functions:

  • References found in databases and online catalogues can be transferred to the literature management program (direct import of data records).
  • References can be transferred from the literature management program to your own files (direct export of data records)
  • Source references can be formatted in common output formats
  • automatic creation of bibliographies
  • search options
  • Input options for quotations and own comments

The link to the current version can be found here.

You can use the training offers (to use Citavi) of the university library.

Contact us

For inquiries regarding the university library, services, databases and other offers, please contact us by telephone at 0049/3334/657201 or by email at: bibliothek@hnee.de

More information about the team and accessibility here


Right to protect authors of literary, scientific and artistic works against plagiarism, unauthorised reproduction, distribution and making available to the public of their works.

This right expires 70 years after the death of the author or, in the case of several authors, after the death of the last living author, i.e. his work is then released for all types of use.

Copyright must be respected when reproducing and exporting literature and when further processing it.

Example: No chapter from a book may be reproduced and commercially placed on the market as an independent publication without the author's consent.



Are large collection of electronically stored data that can be retrieved by computer. In order for this query to be efficient, the data is structured into data records and data fields.

A database is the electronic form of a card index box. One can imagine a database as an extensive table. The individual data records then correspond to the table rows and the data fields to the cells of the table.

The licensed databases of the university library can be found here and are available for independent, free research on the homepage.

Access for university members from outside is also possible via VPN.

Diaper-changing table

This is located on the ground floor (disabled toilet).

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

A system for identifying any document in a computer network by means of a unique name (comparable to the ISBN for a book). For each DOI, current information is stored on the designated object, in particular the Internet address at which it can be found. Even if this address changes, the DOI remains intact.

Example: doi:10.1371/journal.phone.0011273

Digital Library

A library that is not spatially available, but only intended.

However, a virtual library usually has the following features:

  • a large collection of data
  • Location independence through networking
  • easy access due to uniform user interface
  • Value-added services for the user

The term is used with pleasure in connection with link collections in the Internet and/or for Internet portals.



The ebooks of the university library are accessible via ProQuest Ebook Central.

Independent registration via the campus network is required. A specific search in the holdings of the university library is possible.


Journal published as a network publication. Electronic journals appear either parallel to a journal, which is also available in printed form, or exclusively electronically. Scientific electronic journals of all subject areas are listed in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).

The e-journals of the university library can be obtained via SpringerLink or via the journal overview.

E-Learning platform

Is software that supports the provision and use of electronic learning content and includes tools for collaborative work and user management. It usually forms the technical core of a complex web-based e-learning infrastructure.
In contrast to teaching and educational content offered purely via the Internet, a learning platform usually has the following functions:
- Administration and assignment of rights: administration of users (course author / course participants) and course content
- Tools for creating course content 
- Communication (e.g. chat) and learning tools (e.g. notebook, calendar, bulletin board)
- Presentation of course content, learning objects and media in a network-compatible browser
- Evaluation and assessment possibilities

  • Example: EMMA+

Electronic Journals Library (EZB)

It is a database that records scientific electronic journals of all subject areas.

In addition to free, freely accessible services, users can also access journals licensed from their home library. In the case of unlicensed journals, it is usually possible to view the tables of contents and acquire articles for a fee directly from the publisher or, if necessary, via interlibrary loan.

Email notification of the university library

You will receive information by e-mail on current loans (deadlines, reservations, etc.). This process is automated, i.e. if a system error occurs, you do not receive any e-mails.

News: changed opening hours (only limited), events (book flea market)


Students who exmatriculate are deleted as library users and can then re-register as external users.

Expert search / advanced search

Search option in online catalogues and databases, by means of which the search query can be made more precise than the simple search. Several search fields are offered in the expert search so that a more precise number of hits can be achieved by linking different search categories using Boolean operators.


Extensions of the loan period can be made 5 opening days before its expiry via the user account, at the information desk, by e-mail notification or by telephone.


Fact database

Database containing statistical and numerical data (time series, stock figures), data with properties of chemical or physical units, operational data, market information, economic and scientific information, etc. In contrast to bibliographic databases, which are limited to the listing of literature references, factual databases provide the required information directly and immediately.‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč


Use of the university library is free of charge.

If the loan period is exceeded, if special services are used (interlibrary loan and lockers), if media are lost or damaged and if the library card is lost, fees may be charged. Payment can be made in cash at the information desk. The fee schedule can be found here. The payment of fees is only possible until 18 o'clock.

Final Thesis

As a rule, final theses can be borrowed and can be searched via the OPAC. For this purpose, special delimitation options are available, such as the targeted search for specific study programmes or subject areas. They are identified by A-signatures and are located on the ground floor of the university library.

Food and Drink

Not allowed in the university library.

Exception: Water in transparent PLASTIC containers with screw cap.

Free text search / simple search

Is a search field in many online catalogs and databases, which causes a simultaneous search in several data fields. As a rule, the most important data fields such as "author", "title", "keywords", "corporation", "publisher" are included. Detailed information can be found in the help text of the respective database. It enables a search on a broad database basis, but can quickly lead to large and inaccurate hit quantities.

Freehand holdings

This is directly accessible and contains both borrowable media and media that cannot be borrowed (reference holdings).

The displays and notices with site plans and information help you find your way around.



In many cases, handsets are not kept in the library itself, but in institutes and chairs. This offers scientists* the opportunity to place literature that is important for their research at their workplace, either permanently or on a long-term basis.

Handsets are usually marked in the OPAC with "HA + surname of permanent borrower". If there is an urgent need, lecturers can be contacted directly to request a short-term loan.


The majority of the open access holdings are classified according to decimal classification (DK). A first overview is provided by the systematic listing by subject area, within which the media are arranged alphabetically by author. Journals are also arranged alphabetically, while theses are listed according to Numerus Currens.



Is an alphabetical index, e.g. names, titles, keywords in connection with electronic information media (e.g. sorted list of possible search terms, e.g. of keywords, keywords or author names).

An index helps to find the right search terms for the respective information medium as well as those terms that are grouped around a search term. It allows you to look up and select different variations (singular, plural, genitive, word compositions, etc.) of a search term and helps with uncertainties regarding the spelling of a search term.

Information literacy

Ability to identify information needs related to a particular problem, to identify and obtain information, and to evaluate and effectively use information. 

The information competence offered by the university library is called InfoFit.

Inter-library loan

This is a service provided by libraries to procure non-existent media from other libraries within the framework of interlibrary loan.

Media that are not part of the university library's collection can be ordered from other libraries by filling out the loan form (available at the information desk). The costs per order amount to 1.50 EUR and are to be paid immediately after ordering (also charged in case of non-delivery of media). For copies with more than 20 pages, additional costs may be waived by the supplier library. Loan extensions are possible, but require the consent of the supplier library. Please apply for this at the university library 3 days before the expiry of the loan period.

Introduction to the use of the library

On request the registration is possible for groups from 2 to max. 20 persons.

Introductory events for first semester students may be announced by the departments.

Further information: here


Journal database (ZDB)

Largest database for journals and serial collections with ownership records of German libraries.

The ZDB records both printed and electronic collections, but does not list the individual articles contained therein.



Terms that appear in the bibliographic or content description of a document.

Keywords can only be searched according to their grammatical form, e.g. genitive, plural, in the template.

A keyword search is suitable as a first step in a search strategy. Here it can be useful to use placeholders as search tools.


Lending Limit

The maximum number of media that can be borrowed is 40. 

Library Card

This is the prerequisite for lending in the university library.

Students use their GreenCard and external users* and staff* are issued with a library card.

In case of loss, external users pay a replacement fee of 5 ‚ā¨. Students of the HNE please observe the regulations of the Student Service.

Library location

Building 7 on the city campus (Schicklerstraße 5, 16225 Eberswalde).

Library network

The Library Network is an association of libraries in a region. The KOBV (Kooperativer Verbund Berlin Brandenburg) is the library network for Brandenburg and Berlin. A joint catalogue of all participating libraries, the union catalogue, is produced. The libraries work closely together on many services (e.g. interlibrary loan).

If you have not found what you are looking for in the online catalogue of your own library, you can use the union catalogue to find out which other libraries in the region have the medium you are looking for.


Databases and electronic journals are generally not purchased but licensed for use. The publisher or provider grants the library or its users the right to access a database or the full texts of an electronic journal for a fee.

The rights and obligations of the licensor (publisher or provider) and the licensee (library) are regulated in a licence agreement.


The loan is booked at the information desk and can be made upon presentation of the library card or GreenCard. Media from the open-access collection can usually be borrowed for 4 weeks. Special regulations apply to the textbook stock, which is marked in red and is lent exclusively to HNE students.

Media from the magazine can often not be borrowed, but can be used to work in the library. These are mainly journals, old dissertations or media from before 1900. There are also media from the reference collection in the open access collection which cannot be borrowed either. These are marked with a yellow sticker and the inscription "nicht ausleihbar".

Current journals can be borrowed overnight or over the weekend.

Loan period

The loan period is usually four weeks. If no reservation has been made, the loan period can be extended by a further four weeks.


For the safe storage of jackets and bags. They are equipped with deposit locks and can be locked with 1-Euro coins or chips (chips are available free of charge at the information desk). Lockers can be rented at the counter for a period of 5 opening days. Late payment charges apply from the first day of delay.

Please note that unrented lockers must be cleared overnight and over the weekend.


In case of loss or damage of borrowed media you are obliged to pay compensation.

Should you ever lose or damage a borrowed medium, you will be asked to provide a replacement book (procurement of a copy of the medium in the same or a newer edition).

Please contact the library in good time to avoid any late payment charges.



(lat.) Designation, marking.

Symbolic (usually numeric or alphanumeric) short designation of a subject area (class) within a systematic representation of a scientific subject (classification).

Notations are mainly used to index the content of documents. They can be location-free, e.g. if they appear in a bibliographic database or location-bound as part of a signature, e.g. if a library collection is systematically arranged.

  • Example: DK630/904/B√§u (904 is the notation)


Password for the OPAC accountAnker

Students can log in to the OPAC with their EMMA+ Log In data.

External users can log in to the OPAC with their date of birth (TTMM) and change this at any time after logging in in the "Change password" user data area.


Accounting type for the retrieval of journal articles offered in electronic form.

Via a subject database or the table of contents of an electronic journal, you can access the bibliographic description of the article, the full text of which is accessible via a link if you pay for the retrieval (usually by credit card). The prices for the individual articles vary depending on the provider.

Periodicals / journals

Journals can be searched via the journal database (ZDB).

A first overview of the holdings of the university library can be found here on the homepage.

Journals can be borrowed overnight or over the weekend. Please note that there are late fees from the first day of the delay.

Current journals and issues of the last 5 years are accessible via the open access stock. Older volumes must be requested at the circulation desk.


Intellectual theft; infringement of the copyright in the intellectual, scientific or artistic production of others by reproduction which has not been changed or hardly changed at all without marking the original authorship.

Print / Copy

In the university library you can print from the USB stick on the copier. With a loaded GreenCard (possible in house 5) you can copy in the university library.


Reading lounge

This is freely accessible on the ground floor and allows you to read or work on your own laptop in a cosy atmosphere.

Daily newspapers and general reference works such as encyclopaedias and encyclopaedias can also be found there.

Reference holdings

This is the library stock of the university library that cannot be borrowed. It is marked with a yellow signature plate that reads "nicht ausleihbar". 

Use within the university library is permitted.

- Example 1. copy of a textbook collection


Students are automatically registered with the GreenCard in the university library.

Employees and external users can obtain a registration form at the information desk and require their identity card for comparison.

Upon registration, a declaration of consent is signed to the storage and use of personal data and to acceptance of the university library's user regulations. The minimum age for registration is 16 years. Minors must submit a declaration of consent from a parent or legal guardian.

Research stationsAnker

Workstations at which it is possible to search the university library catalogue.


Media that are borrowed can be reserved via the user account. The customer will receive an e-mail notification when the media is made available at the lending desk.

Available media cannot be reserved.


It's at the circulation desk.

The loan periods are to be observed by the users. Return by post is possible at the user's own risk. Address: HNE Eberswalde; University Library; Schicklerstr. 5; 16225 Eberswalde

Return of books

The book will be returned at the lending desk on the ground floor.

If the deadline is missed, fees will be charged. A list of fees can be found in the Fee Schedule on the homepage.



Scanning with a book scanner or copier is possible under consideration of copyright. Both are located on the ground floor.

A USB storage medium is required for scanning. Scanning is free of charge.

Search term

Words or strings searched for in a database, library catalog, or search engine.

Documents or reference information in which the searched words or characters occur are output with the hit display. The search terms can be restricted to certain search categories and linked with operators.

Short-term loan

Journals can be borrowed overnight or over the weekend. Please note that you will have to pay a late fee from the first day of the overdraft.


Is the information about the place where a book or a medium can be found physically. For a book or journal, the book location is determined by the signature. In the case of electronic systems, corresponding electronic storage locations are named. Frequently also called only "location". The signature is a character string consisting of numbers and letters that forms the basis for the listing of books and journals. The character string is assigned individually for each book or journal according to a rule system, e.g. Decimal Classification (DK) or Numerus Currens. Signatures must be determined via catalogs and lead to the respective media in a library's holdings.

Source citationAnker

References to texts, objects or facts on which a written version is based and which it may adopt in part. The indication of the source in compliance with formal citation regulations is of fundamental importance for scientific work and legally binding according to copyright law.

  • Example: Gantert, Klaus (2016): Basic librarian knowledge. 9th edition. Berlin: DeGruyter.

Here you will find a guide to quoting.


A term that describes the contents of a document based on a standardized directory of terms.

Keywords are assigned by experts on the basis of a content analysis in compliance with agreed rules (e.g. RSWK = rules for the keyword catalogue).

Keywords offer the possibility to carry out systematic research on a topic, e.g. in a library catalogue or a bibliographic database.

Keywords do not have to appear in the document itself and therefore often differ from keywords.

Specialised bibliographyAnker

Bibliography that comprehensively references the publications of a specific subject or scientific field. Subject bibliographies usually contain essays and monographs on the subject. Subject bibliographies are also increasingly published in the form of bibliographic databases.

  • Example: "AgrarBibliographie" - a system. Compilation of the literature on the whole field of agriculture, forestry and food industry as well as the basic and auxiliary knowledge with papers.


It's the book depository of a library. The books in magazines are not arranged thematically, but according to access numbers (Numerus currens). In order to find a book in a magazine, you must first determine the exact location (signature) in the library catalogue. The magazine is not accessible to users*. Media from this area must be requested at the lending desk.

As a rule, the magazine is made available 2 hours after request. Orders placed after 3 p.m. or on Fridays after 12 a.m. will be made available on the next opening day.


All media that a library makes available for use and lists in its library catalogues.

HNE Library holdings: open access area approx. 70,000 media; historical holdings approx. 100,000 media.


Textbook collectionAnker

Media belonging to the textbook collection are identified by a red signature label. They are available in larger quantities and can only be borrowed by HNE students. The first copy is a reference copy and cannot be borrowed.


List of indexing terms according to technical criteria.

In the Thesaurus, the terms are linked by relations such as synonyms, headings and subheadings or related terms. In many databases, a thesaurus is used as the basis for assigning descriptors.

A thesaurus facilitates the development of search terms and systematic searches in information systems based on them.


They're on every floor. A handicapped accessible WC is located on the ground floor.


User account

The user account contains information about all borrowed and reserved media, interlibrary loan orders and much more. It can be viewed and managed online. You can register via the "Account" section of our online catalogue, the OPAC.

User number

This serves to identify the individual user in the library system. This is partly located on the GreenCard or on the library card.

Usage regulations

The user regulations regulate the user relationship of the user in the university library. Click here for the user regulations.

User trainings

In addition to introductions to the use of the library, the course also includes specialist training in databases, research, etc. (information literacy) are offered.

Further information can be found here


VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Enables university members to access the campus network from outside the university.

Further information is available at: Set up VPN



Enables university members to access the campus network with their own mobile device.

External users have access to a guest WiFi.

EDUROAM is available for students of other universities.