TU Wien Bibliothek provides access to the most important databases in the technical area. They can be used from all computers with an IP address within the TU Wien campus range, either on campus or - if you are a TU Wien student or employee - from off campus using a VPN client.

How do I access databases?

TU Wien Bibliothek’s databases are accessible via the Databases Information System (DBIS), opens an external URL in a new window, a platform containing information on a large number of scientific databases from all subject areas. Some of these are free of charge, others have to be licensed by your library. You can browse databases by availability and by subject areas.

Alphabetical list of databases licensed by TU Wien, opens an external URL in a new window

Databases by subjects, opens an external URL in a new window

What information do I find in the databases?

There are bibliographic databases and factual databases:

  • Most of the databases licensed by TU Wien Bibliothek are bibliographic databases (also known as literature databases). These are directories of journal articles, conference and research reports, dissertations, books, but also include patents, standards, etc. Many of these databases contain only abstracts (short descriptions) of the referenced literature. Full-text access is only available if the library has purchased a licence. 
  • Factual databases contain information such as properties of substances, producers and distributers, economic data on companies, statistics etc.

In the databases, you will also find literature that is not held in TU Wien Bibliothek or in other libraries in Vienna. These documents can be obtained for you by our inter-library loan service

Please note the terms of use for e-resources.

Chemistry databases

Databases containing data on chemical substances, reactions and methods and chemical literature that are available to TU Wien researchers, staff and students include:

The REAXYS, opens an external URL in a new window database, the successor to the Crossfire Beilstein database, offers a graphical interface to access Beilstein, Gmelin as well Patent Chemistry Database.  
The structure editor MarvinSketch, opens an external URL  and the display module MarvinView are Java applets, and require Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to be installed.


TU Wien students and employees have online access to the "SciFinder Scholar" Chemical Abstracts database (literature from 1907, substances from 1957).
SciFinder is available via web access, opens an external URL in a new window on the TU campus requiring the creation of a personalized account, opens an external URL in a new window. You can define alerts and save your searches. To learn more about SciFinder, view the tutorials and learning videos on the platform.


The new SciFinder platform provides access to all CAS databases via a new graphic interface offering comfortable search and display options for chemical reactions. In addition, SciFindern includes the PatentPak tool giving fast interactive access to hard-to-find substance information within patent documents.
Log in to SciFinder-n, opens an external URL in a new window with your MethodsNow or classic SciFinder platform user account.

TU Wien has licensed a new drawing program for chemical structures: ChemDoodle. Installation is simple:

In case of problems, contact Chemdoodle support, opens an external URL in a new window