Virtual special libraries contain academically relevant information in various subject areas. As opposed to searches in Google, virtual special libraries offer in-depth searches of academic resources, which have been previously selected by information specialists.
EconBiz, the Virtual Library for Economics and Business Studies is available through a cooperation between the German Central Library for Economics (ZBW) and the University and City Library of Cologne (USB Köln).
The objective is to provide a central access point for all types of academic information on economics and to offer access to full texts. EconBiz offers searches for relevant economics publications regardless of media type and location.
The Virtual Law Library is an instrument for online law searches which offers location-independent and easy access to topical information in the area of law on the internet – independent of media type and location.
The search results include internet sources, full texts, books, articles, professional journals, databases and bibliographies. Of particular interest here are searches for articles. Searches in the Online Contents Law of the Joint Library Association (Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbundes), with its 1.2 million article references draws on the largest database by far.