Mission of the ZBW
The ZBW is a central information infrastructure for economics and business studies. Its mission is to procure, index and archive theoretical and empirical literature in economics and business studies and to provide access to this literature sustainably and permanently. In this, the ZBW takes the needs of the scholarly communities into account. In order to take due account of the increasingly interdisciplinary approach to economic research, the ZBW also acquires all publications from closely related and ancillary disciplines with an economic focus.
With these collection emphases the ZBW is part of the academic literature and information provision systems in Germany.
The Standard Thesaurus for Economics (STW) represents essentially the subjects collected at the ZBW.