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Wednesday, 01 December 2021

German-language full-text database for economic and social sciences

wiso is a German-language full-text database for economic and social sciences. The University of Graz licences the Economic and Social Sciences bundle, including Business Practice.

The Business Practice module contains the full texts of around 450 daily and weekly newspapers from the German-speaking world. Many Austrian, German and Swiss daily newspapers are available, such as Der Standardprofil, and Falter.
With a few exceptions, only the texts of articles are available in wiso, no illustrations.

Economic Sciences

This module contains information on companies, markets and individuals. There are more than 8.2 million economics references from databases like ECONIS, FinECON or BEFO; the full texts of around 4,200 e-books on subjects such as agricultural sciences, general business studies, controlling, leadership and organisation, international business, personnel, sociology and time management; as well as around 500 economics-oriented full-text journals.

Social sciences

The wiso social sciences module contains around 3.8 million references, (from SOFIS and BLISS amongst others), and around 100 sociological journals. There are also around 1,200 e-books on aspects of applied social sciences, such as the labour market, parenting, communication sciences, pedagogy, philosophy, sociology and social psychology.


The sources available to the University of Graz can be found under “alle Medien” on the wiso homepage. To help you select the relevant ones, the list of sources, “Quellenliste”, at the top of the page can be sorted by subject.
On the left-hand side of the page, the available resources are listed according to media type. You can choose to research exclusively in journals, e-books or other types of media.
Clicking on “Fachzeitschriften”, (journals), or “Presse”, (press, newspapers), shows you a list of categories; clicking on a category shows the associated titles. 

The two licenced thesauri, Standard Thesaurus Wirtschaft and Thesaurus Sozialwissenschaften can be useful in selecting relevant search terms. They contain technical terms, along with their generic and specific terms, German and English synonyms, and related terms that can be transferred directly to the search box.
Your list of search results can be filtered further using the tools on the right of the page. Depending on the search terms and chosen source type, you can filter by author, industry, people and subject as well as export functions (Citavi). 

If you select an e-book from the search results, the pdf icon will take you to the full text in the original layout. E-books can be downloaded either in chapters or as a whole. You can alter the size of the text, or choose the “read aloud” option in the function bar at the top of the page.
Next to the detailed view, you will see a list of keywords. Clicking on one of these will generate a new list of results. 

To use the personalisation features, you have to register, under “Mein wiso”. Registration is free.
To adapt the homepage to your requirements, click on “Grundeinstellungen” (settings). 

Search profiles (Suchprofile) are predefined searches. Using the “Monitoring function you can get up to date lists of search results sent to you by email. You can set up monitoring for any journal, via the table of contents, to get an email informing you as soon as a new issue is published. 

wiso FAQ

On wiso’s help page you can find comprehensive information about search strategies, usage options and “Mein wiso” (German only). There are also Youtube tutorials available (again, only in German): 

The university library licences wiso for the University of Graz for use on the campus. The licenced e-books, journals and newspapers can also be found in unikat. The majority of the journals and daily and weekly newspapers are also linked in the EZB. University members can also access the licenced content from outside the campus via VPN.

Please make use of our online tutorials on unikat, literature research and reference management, as well as the courses that take place during the semester. For more information, please see the library course catalogue

If you have any questions, please contact ub.zeitschriften(at)uni-graz.at.

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