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Resources for German

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Students at all levels of study in German develop an understanding of as many aspects of the German culture and civilization as possible in conjunction with training in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.

Table of Contents:

Indexes and Databases
For more information and additional suggestions, visit the Databases Guide for German.
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
  • MLA International Bibliography
    The major research resource for information on English literature, foreign languages and linguistics. Includes references to scholarly articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations; coverage dates back to the 1920's.
    1923-present; updated 9 times yearly
  • Project MUSE
    Project MUSE provides full text electronic access to over 100 scholarly journals in humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. Topics covered include literary theory; classics; history and cultural studies; philosophy; film, theatre and the performing arts; political science and mathematics.
Reference Works
  • Dictionaries
    • Oxford-Duden Pictorial German-English Dictionary
      Oxford: Clarendon Press 1994
      Richly illustrated with line drawings and color plates, this dictionary identifies over 28,000 objects and activities, ranging from the familiar to the highly specialized, and offers both German and English names as well as complete vocabularies for each subject. It includes indexes in both German and English.
      • Location(s): Ref PF3629 .O93 1994
    • Deutsches Wörterbuch
      Leipzig: S. Hirzel 1854-1964
      This classic dictionary of the German language, begun by the famous linguists and folklorists in 1854 and completed in 1960, includes 15th century New High German words and their etymology, use, and later history.
      • Location(s): Ref PF3625 .P4
    • Duden, Deutsches Universalwörterbuch
      Mannheim: Bibliographisches Institut 2007
      A modern German dictionary that includes examples of usage.
      • Location(s): Ref PF3625 .D83 2007
    • Deutsche Grammatik
      Heidelberg: Julius Groos 1988
      Written primarily for students, teachers, and those who use German in their occupations, this is a comprehensive guide.
      • Location(s): Ref PF3101 .W6 1988
  • Encyclopedias
    • Encyklopaedie des allgemeinen Wissens (Meyers Konversations-Lexikon)
      Leipzig: Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts 1885
      A 19th century encyclopedia that offers a historical perspective on a variety of topics, as well as information considered important to German readers of the period.
      • Location(s): Ref AE27 .M57 1885
    • Der grosse Brockhaus
      Wiesbaden: Brockhaus 1952
      The first post-World War edition of one of Europe's most respected encyclopedias.
      • Location(s): Ref AE 27.G67
  • History and Culture
    • Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia
      New York: Garland 2001
      Covering the society and culture of German and Dutch speaking Europe during medieval times, this resouce provides articles on major people, places, historical events, art and daily life. Fields covered include art history, literature, philosophy and religion.
      • Location(s): Ref DD157.M43 2001
    • Encyclopedia of Contemporary German Culture
      London: Routledge 1999
      Covers both "high" and popular culture and includes entries on various topics including architecture, art, film, mass media and publishing, and politics. A large number of entries are also dedicated to biographical sketches of writers.
      • Location(s): Ref DD290.26 .E53 1999
    • Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People and Culture, 1871-1990
      New York: Garland 1998
      This encyclopedia covers modern German history and contains entries on politics, literature, art, religion, the media, science and society. Biographical sketches are also included.
      • Location(s): Ref DD14.M64 1998
    • Encyclopedia of the Third Reich
      New York: Macmillan 1991
      A German encyclopedia translated into English. Covers people, events, organizations, treaties, ideological jargon and other topics associated with the Third Reich. Includes photographs, cartoons and pictures of propaganda posters.
      • Location(s): Ref DD256.5.G76313 1991
  • Literature
    • Encyclopedia of German Literature
      Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn 2000
      This resource contains both author and topical entries. Author entries provide brief biographical information and provide an overview of the author's works. Topical entries consist of a variety of topics related to German literature, including "Avant-garde", "Jewish culture and literature", "Nationalism and nationhood", "Literary salons" and "Utopianism."
      • Location(s): Ref PT41.E43 2000
    • Oxford Companion to German Literature
      Oxford: Oxford University Press 1997
      A collection of brief definitions and discussions of authors, works of literature, literary movements, and terms associated with language and literature. Includes all periods and all places where German is spoken and written.
      • Location(s): Ref PT41.G3 1997
    • Women Writers of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland: An Annotated Bio-Bibliographical Guide
      New York: Greenwood 1989
      Each author entry includes a brief biography, followed by a detailed listing of her works, with annotations. Appendices list the authors chronologically and geographically, and there is a bibliography of secondary literature.
      • Location(s): Ref PT167.W66 1989
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • Limiting MnPALS Searches by Language
    You may limit MnPALS searches by language: from the Advanced Search screen, go to "Limit search to" section, and select a language from the "Language" drop-down menu.
Browsing for Books
Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the field of German.
  • DD 1-905 History and description of Germany
  • PF 3001-5999 German language
  • PT 1- 4897 German literature


Print journals are housed in the periodicals collection on the first floor of the library.
  • Akzente
  • Deutschland
  • General
    • Germany: A Country Study
      A detailed current profile and historical overview of Germany, with separate sections on its geography, economy, government, transportation and telecommunications, foreign relations, national security, languages, religions, and people and society. Includes a glossary, bibliography, and statistical tables. Searchable. The bulk of the website was written in 1994, with updates. From the Library of Congress's Country Studies.
    • Germany on the Internet (Goethe Institut)
      A catalog of annotated links in the categories of arts, culture, language, economy, politics, law, science, tourist accommodations and attractions, cities, media, and more. The directory is available in English and German; the resources linked to are in a variety of languages including German, English, Spanish, French, and Italian. From the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes.
    • German Studies Resources
      From the University of Manitoba Libraries, this extensive site lists online resources for literature, film, history, language and media.
  • History
    • German Studies Web (WESSWEB)
      A searchable and browsable directory of links to "scholarly resources in German Studies, including all German-speaking countries." Topics include books, information technology and librarianship, literature, art, German-language newspapers, library catalogs, reference sources, and digital texts and images. Briefly annotated. [description from]
    • German Propaganda Archive
      Features propaganda from Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). "The goal is to help people understand the two great totalitarian systems of the twentieth century by giving them access to the primary material." Texts of speeches, posters and cartoons, excerpts from other writings, and related websites are organized into subject areas. Created and maintained by a professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. [description from]
  • Language
  • Literature
    • Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
      The major bibliography for German language and literature. Commonly referred to as Eppelsheimer Köttelwesch, it has been produced since 1957 by the library at the university at Frankfurt/Main. Each volume of the BDSL contains over 15,000 references from books, magazines and newspapers to articles about German language and literature. Volumes from 1985-1997 are freely available online.
    • LitLinks
      Digitized texts by German authors, arranged by alphabetically by author's last name.
  • News Media
  • Other
    • DEFA Film Library: Cinema of East Germany
      The DEFA [(Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft)] Film Library "is the only archive and study center outside Europe devoted to the study of the cinema of the former GDR [German Democratic Republic] as well as films dealing with Eastern Germany since unification." The site features a list of available films, and a variety of teaching and resource materials, including bibliographies, information about DEFA film criticism, a list of archives and study centers, a discussion list, and related links. Searchable. [description from]
  • Travel
The Audio Visual Department, located on the first floor, has some videos and DVDs in German. Videos/DVDs can be checked out for 24 hours and are listed in the library catalog.

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