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Subject Librarian:

Gordon Anderson

This subject covers: the study of the Nordic (Scandinavian) countries, their cultures, languages and literatures: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Included are all humanities and social science disciplines as applied to the study of those countries. Also included is the history of Scandinavian immigration to the U.S.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

AHCI covers arts, humanities, and area studies scholarship. Titles of foreign-language works are translated into English, and abstracts are given in English, thereby simplifying and standardizing searching across languages.

ATLA lists journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Some listings link to full text of articles. More about ATLA

Covers the world's scholarship in history from 1450 to the present.

The IMB is an interdisciplinary guide to the study of the Middle Ages, the period 476-1500. Geographic coverage extends across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, covering resources in over 25 languages. Note: The IMB provides downloadable software to view and print non-English diacritics and special characters.
Also available in print in Wilson Reference D111 .I56x

LLBA covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is also given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.

This index provides broad coverage of social science issues worldwide; it includes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, and book chapters published since 1972.

This core database provides world-wide coverage of scholarly works in the fields of sociology and social policy. 1952 - present.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration & public policy.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Offers balanced coverage on a wide-range of topics including social sciences, humanities, education, science and technology. Comprised of more than 3,500 indexed and full-text titles "” of which 2,100 are peer-reviewed "” in all disciplines with more than 20 years of backfile coverage.

Indexes, Other

A comprehensive index to more than 12 million biographical sketches in more than 3,400 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering over 4 million contemporary and historical figures throughout the world.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


This University of Minnesota Libraries Page-Scribe page provides a list of noted and upcoming living writers of literature and fiction in the five countries of Scandinavia / Norden. Arranged by country, each entry links the searcher to the Libraries' holdings of works by and about the author.

Developed by Gordon Anderson and Eeva Kariniemi, Wilson Library, Spring semester 2006, this site is periodically and regularly revised and expanded.


The gateway to the world's library web sites.

Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)
The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 65 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

CD-ROM in v.10 contains FamilyTreeMaker 2006 and genealogical information for selected Norwegian families. See v. 10, p. 415-417 for a list of surnames included.

WBIS Online is a comprehensive biographical database, providing short biographical information on over 6 Million people from the 8th century B.C. to the present.
WBIS provides an index to the entire archive; we have full-text access to these language-area archives:
1) Baltic Biographical Archive
2) Czech & Slovak Biographical Archive
3) German Biographical Archive
4) Polish Biographical Archive
5) Russian & Soviet Biographical Archive,
6) Scandinavian Biographical Archive

Country Studies

Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book, a source of country profiles, statistics, and directories for all countries worldwide. Find facts, history, political, economic and other information including geography, media outlets, education, government agencies, trade and industry, tourism and other organizations. A major bibliography is included for each country and survey articles on various issues are listed for each major region.


From the English-language introduction:
"This is Project Runeberg's digital facsimile edition of Nordisk familjebok, Sweden's most comprehensive encyclopedia of all times. We have scanned facsimile images of the two first editions, which appeared in 20 and 38 volumes, respectively, between 1876 and 1926, a total of 45,000 pages."

For more titles in Project Runeberg, go to

General Reference Works

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

Created by Scandinavian-studies librarians in the Western European Studies Section of the American Library Association. This web site provides links to scholarly web sites, Nordic library catalogs, publishers, book dealers, reference tools, and other web gateways for the study of Northern Europe.

Internet Directory

Open Access Resources

The Department's Perseus Collection of Digital Texts. The section Germanic Languages [] contains numerous Old Norse texts that are fully searchable.

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

Genline's archive contains church records from the 16th-20th century for research in Swedish genealogy. A helpful guide is found on pages 51-52 and 58-60 in Your Swedish roots: a step by step handbook, by Per Clemensson & Kjell Andersson. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004); Wilson Library Reference Quarto CS922 .C57 2004.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

A monthly publication with statistical tables showing general trends in the Danish economy. It includes an economic-political calendar in Danish only) with events important for the evaluation of Danish economic trends in recent years. This online version, available in both Danish and English, is issued by the central statistical office in Denmark.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.

Library Information

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