About EconBiz

Find relevant publications quickly

With EconBiz you search for scholarly literature quickly and professionally:

  • For students, researchers and teachers EconBiz offers orientation and help in the search for articles, working papers, e-books and more.
  • Result lists can be sorted according to relevance or date.
  • A variety of filter options help you find the relevant titles more quickly.
  • Individual support helps you with the search for and access to the full text.
  • The integrated Thesaurus for Economics (STW) helps with topic searches by e.g. including synonyms in the search.

Learn more - Why EconBiz?

What does EconBiz offer?

In EconBiz, you can find:

  • A literature search across important German and international databases, including the holdings of ZBW
  • Access to free and licensed full texts on the internet
  • A calendar of events for scholarly conferences and summer schools
  • The reference service Research Guide EconDesk which answers your questions about the search for literature and statistical data.
  • The section Research skills with learning resources such as the online tutorial Guided Walk or the Academic Career Kit for Early Career Researchers.

Keep yourself up-to-date about new features in our news section. Introductory presentations on EconBiz are available in our download area.

EconBiz is a service of ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

Please contact the EconBiz Team if you have any questions.

EconBiz for students

Here you can find:

  • Scholarly publications in economics and business studies for your bachelor and master thesis.
  • Highly ranked journal articles and articles from books.
  • Free full texts, e.g. current economics and business studies working papers.

Do you need help with finding information or writing your assignment?

  • In the section"research skills" you can find the Guided Walks: Search and evaluate / Access to full texts / Cite correctly.
  • Get in touch with our team of Research Guide EconDesk for personalised advice.

EconBiz for researchers

Here you can find:

  • Articles in journals and books – from Germany, Europe and the world
  • Current working papers from economics and business studies
  • Conferences and summer schools, with deadlines for call for papers, and options for subject-related or geographical search.

These features can make your work easier:

  • Use filter and sorting options in order to render your results more precise.
  • Register for updates on new events in your research field or follow the event calendar on Twitter.
  • Manage your personal literature lists and share them with fellow researchers or your students.
  • Use the Academic Career Kit for Early Career Researchers (ERCs). With the sections: "Publish your Paper", "Networking and Metrics" and "Research Data Management".
  • Suggest your students the section research skills with the Guided Walks: Search and evaluate / Access to full textes / Cite correctly. - For better assignments.

EconBiz for research institutions

EconBiz or Google Scholar?

In the paper What Google Scholar can(’t) do: Comparison of the scholarly search in EconBiz and Google Scholar you can find some good reasons for using more than just Google Scholar for your scholarly literature search.

The topics discussed:

  • The search interface of Google Scholar provides only few options to control a topical search.
  • Google Scholar includes huge quantities of full-texts and references of all subject areas. The result lists of subject specific databases might be more precise.
  • With its ranking, Google Scholar influences which search results are displayed. The sorting is not transparent and cannot be changed.
  • Google Scholar is led by commercial interests. It is important that publicly funded search tools provide alternatives in the access to information.
  • Google doesn’t always respect privacy and copyright laws.


EconBiz was set up as a joint project of the ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and the University and City Library of Cologne (USB Köln). During the start-up phase the project was supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Since 2013 EconBiz is a service of ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

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