Stop Browsing, Start Researching 🎁 [GIVE IT AS A GIFT]

The quickest way to help you learn how to navigate digital history resources. Receive a selection of the best online databases β€” every other week.

GIVE AS A GIFT 🎁 1 FULL YEAR OF RESEARCH CHALLENGES 🎁 special introductory pricing before January 13 🎁

1x charge. Ends automatically!
  • On a monthly basis, I assess 120+ databases with digitalised items from the past, browse long hours, speak to historians and librarians, read history newsletters, follow 50+ institutions on Twitter, subscribe to magazines, visit conferences β€” so that you don’t have to!
  • Then, I send out 1-3 selected online resources.
  • Via email, delivered directly to subscribers β€” every other week.
  • Watch the video walk-through: See how I navigate this online database. Learn the process I honed while conducting research for 150 biographies & historical novels. Let me help you to delve deep, to search thoroughly β€” and fast.
  • Join the challenge: Research along. Browse the database by yourself. Find historical details that you can use in your own project β€” and get results in under 45 mins.
  • Special price before Jan 13
  • That's less than 5 Euros per resource + email lesson!
  • GIFT A FULL YEAR OF RESEARCH RESCOURES... at a drastically reduced price πŸ‘€

Frequently Asked Questions

Of course, you generous person!


Choose the 6- or the 12-months option.


Click "Buy now" on this page, and pay for the subscription.


Email me at, and I'll take care of everything, so that the other person will regularly receive the research emails.

In your mail, please include 2 pieces of information...

a. Your name

b. The name of the person you want to gift this to.

(Both is solely being used to create the subscription, and then deleted according to our privacy policy & Data Protection Declaration.)

Yes! Subscribe, send me an email at and I'll look into it!

As my longer research collaborations start at 3,000 Euros, this is actually an affordable way to get handpicked historical materials on your time and topic.

YES! The subscribers can *actively* steer where we’re heading with the research challenges.

They can submit *their* time and topic.
Or they can vote for the next topics I should delve into! πŸ”Ž

Via email!

Subscribers receive them, once they're subscribed, every other week.

No, people can join it any time! There's a new email every two weeks, and it contains all you need to get started to learn new research methods, and to explore new databases brimming with historical materials. (If it’s relevant, I’ll always link back to previous challenge emails, so you’ll never miss anything important!)

This gift subscription expires at the end of the 6- or 12-months term: automatically!

These research challenges are curated by me, historian Dr. Barbara Ellermeier. Let me filter thousands of research results, so that you won’t have to!

As a historical advisor, I’ve researched for authors who write non-fiction and novels. Their books - 150 to date! - have been published with Random House USA, Random House Germany, Picador, AmazonCrossing, Hachette USA, Hachette Australia, Vintage Books Australia, LΓΌbbe, adeo, bene, DroemerKnaur, Blanvalet, Blessing, Piper, Ullstein, Sourcebooks UK, Sphere UK and LittleBrown UK.
πŸ‘“ I have photographic memory.
πŸ‘“ I read really, really fast. A 700-page novel? I can read it in 8 hours.
πŸ‘“ I read over 300 books per year (that’s for pleasure, not for work) πŸ“š πŸ“– πŸ“š
πŸ‘“ For each research project, I read at least 80 books. Often many, many more.
Publishing expert Jane Friedman wrote about me: β€œIf you write historical novels and need help finding the best resources, here’s your woman.”

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