Virtual library of the Max Planck Society

MPG e-Book Index


PuRe, the publication repositorium of the Max Planck Society, contains bibliographic data and a large number of full texts published by Max Planck scientists. All publications of the MPI for the Science of Human History are archived here.

Books and databases

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Library catalogue of the MPI for the Science of Human History
The library catalogue comprises currently about 20,000 mainly linguistic books and journals.

eResource Navigator
Web application to navigate through scientific information resources available to staff and guests of the Max Planck Society.

MPG e-Book Index
Catalogue of books electronically available for co-workers of the Max Planck Society.

Lin|gu|is|tik, the internet portal for linguistics
The Lin|gu|is|tik internet portal offers scientific information on every subject of linguistics.


Database for open access articles

eHRAF World Cultures
In the database eHRAF World Cultures more than 200 peoples or ethnic groups are indicated on the basis of different sources. The results are published in the form of ethnographic monographs, essays, and manuscripts.

Enhanced Electronic Grammars
Database for linguists

ISI Web of Knowledge
The Web of Knowledge offers users within the Max Planck Society a good opportunitiy for search, analysis and administration of bibliographic information. It is published by Thompson Reuters.

Digital archive of initially only older journal articles. Nowadays it also contains books and primary sources.

Language Description Heritage - Open access hard-to-get language documents
Language Description Heritage (LDH) provides open access to descriptive material about the world's languages with a focus on traditionally difficult to obtain works. This collection is being compiled at first by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and now by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries
North American Women's Letters and Diaries is the largest collection of women's diaries and correspondence ever assembled. The database covers a period of 300 years.

Multidisciplinary database belonging to Elsevier

WALS Online
The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) is a large database of structural (phonological, grammatical, lexical) properties of languages gathered from descriptive materials (such as reference grammars) by a team of 55 authors.

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