Online Tutorials (mostly in German)

UB Video Tutorials

In our video tutorials you get a quick introduction to various aspects of the library facilities, literature research and functionalities of our Primus Gateway.

Please also use our tips for searching in Primus (PDF).

Exploring the library locations


Short insight into Grimm-Zentrum (duration: 01:31)

Your first visit to the library as an HU member (in English) (duration: 01:31)

Your first visit to the library as a non HU member  (in English) (duration: 01:35)

Asian-/African Studies and Islamic Theology Branch Library

Introduction to using the Asian-/African Studies and Islamic Theology Branch Library (duration: 11:10)

Japanese Studies Library

Introduction to using the Japanese Studies Library (duration: 09:15)

The Primus Gateway

The Primus user account

Login into Primus user account as HU-member (duration: 01:20)

Login into Primus user account as Non-HU-member (duration: 01:15)

Changing your password (non-HU-members) (duration: 01:58)

Set up or change your PIN (duration: 01:20)

Favourites in Primus (duration: 02:39)

Research and export functions in Primus

Full text search of electronic resources (duration: 02:19)

Export functions in Primus (duration: 02:44)

General search strategies I: Simple search in Primus (duration: 02:15)

General search strategies II: Advanced search in Primus (duration: 03:08)

General search strategies III: How a classification works (duration: 02:25)

Access to printed books via Primus (03:14)

Searching for Historical Collections of the Library (02:43)

Ordering closed stack items (01:37)

Interlibrary loan

Interlibrary loan of a book (duration: 02:41)

Interlibrary loan of a journal article (duration: 03:27)

Tutorials for scientific work

Scientific writing I: Structure of a scientific paper (duration: 02:15)

Scientific Writing II: Creating Table of Contents and Table of Figures in Word (duration: 03:03)

Scientific writing III: Creating a source list and bibliography in Word (duration: 02:21)

Tutorial on Research Data Management

The Initiative for Research Data Management of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has developped a series of online tutorials on the subject of research data management. It is aimed at students, PhD candidates, and scientists from all subject areas, as well as staff of the library and the Computer and Media Service. The tutorials give a comprehensive overview of digital research data. Topics are teminology, development processes, the creation of data management plans and handling different research data repositories in different subject areas. Additionally, the tutorials offer information on the regulations of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin regarding research data management. The tutorials are published under a CC-BY licence, which allows the credited reuse of the material.

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Tutorial for High School Students

Introduction to the University Library and Search and Retrieval Strategies for High School students in Berlin-Brandenburg.

In the following tutorials you will learn how to find (partly) freely accessible, high-quality literature on the Internet.

"I have my topic - now what?" Where can I find high-quality literature on the Internet?

Google Scholar (LOTSE) Video (duration: 04:50)

Video about BASE -Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (LOTSE) (duration: 03:42)

"From choosing a topic to writing a term paper" - A tutorial for students and first-year students in Berlin and Brandenburg

Subject portals video

Click here to go to the subject portals

ULB LOTSE of ULB Münster

On ULB LOTSE, the University and State Library of Münster hosts cross-disciplinary information and advice on academic working. ULB LOTSE is a result of the LOTSE project, which the University Library of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin participated in.

LOTSE-Tutorials for Search and Retrieval Strategies (Library Online Tour and Self-Paced Education)

Introductions to academic research and working methods in short video tutorials.


  • Using the internet
  • In the depth of the internet
  • Search strategies
  • Data bases / subject bibliographies
  • Referencing correctly and preventing plagiarism

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