Selected Resources for: German Language & Literature

Subject Librarian:

Gordon Anderson

This subject covers: Sources for studying the language and literatures of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, in English and in German; biographical information about authors; dictionaries.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This is a core bibliographic research tool for German literature and Germanic philology.

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.

Iter is a bibliography of over 230,000 articles and reviews drawn from over 475 medieval and renaissance journal titles.

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.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

Catalogs and Bibliographies


A core research tool for the study of Germanistik. A bibliography of books, articles, and dissertations. Wilson Library (PF3003.G51x) has v.1 (1960)-v.42 (2012)


Use to find thoroughly researched information for over 100,000 films, including biographical information, plot summaries, full cast and crew lists, and film awards. Each person and film entry features a rich list of relevant articles. Films covered range from the first silent movies to the latest blockbusters, with a focus on entertainment films and personalities.

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

Provides bibliographic citations of books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, and machine-readable data files published worldwide. Provides holdings information for nearly 30,000 libraries. Producer/Publisher is 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

The DBE provides information on ca. 63,000 men and women whose lives, works and achievements are recognized as an exceptional contribution to German, Austrian and Swiss cultural heritage.

Also known as "Kosch." Extensive resource for information about German language authors including lesser known and fringe ones.

Begun in 1978, the DLB presents literary bio-bibliographies written by recognized scholars and critics. Several volumes are devoted to German literature:
Vol. 69 Contemporary German Fiction Writers, 1st ser
Vol. 75 Contemporary German Fiction Writers, 2nd ser
Vol. 56 German Fiction Writers, 1914-1945
Vol. 66 German Fiction Writers, 1885-1913
Vol. 94 German Writers in the Age of Goethe: Sturm und Drang to Classicism
Vol. 90 German Writers in the Age of Goethe, 1789-1832
Vol. 97 German Writers from the Enlightenment to Sturm und Drang, 1720-1764
Vol. 168 German Baroque Writers, 1661-1730
Vol. 164 German Baroque Writers, 1580-1660
Vol. 179 German Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation, 1280-1580
Vol. 138 German Writers and Works of the High Middle Ages, 1170-1280
Vol. 148 German Writers & Works of the Early Middle Ages: 800-1170
Vol. 118 Twentieth-Century German Dramatists, 1889-1918
Vol. 124 Twentieth-Century German Dramatists, 1919-1992
Vol. 129 Nineteenth-Century German Writers, 1841-1900
Vol. 133 Nineteenth-Century German Writers to 1840

This product includes ten core literature reference series (Contemporary Literary Criticism, 20th Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Classical and Mediaeval Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, Children's Literature Review).

An extensive index to and archive of articles on over 6 million persons from the 16th through the 21st centuries. At present the Libraries own WBIS archives for Scandinavia, the German-speaking countries, Poland, Czecho-Slovakia and Russia. The WBIS index provides reference to the remaining archives.


The Duden-Paket on Munzinger Online contains 17 German-language dictionaries:
Die deutsche Rechtschreibung
Das Synonymwörterbuch
Das Herkunftswörterbuch
Richtiges und gutes Deutsch
Großes Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
Deutsches Universalwörterbuch
Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke
Das Große Fremdwörterbuch
Das Lexikon der Wirtschaft
Lexikon der Vornamen
Wörterbuch der Abkürzungen
Familiennamen: Herkunft und Bedeutung
Das große Wörterbuch der Zitate und Redewendungen
Geographische Namen in Deutschland
Wörterbuch der Szenesprachen
Wörterbuch der New Economy

A collection of online dictionaries of German and other languages. The link goes to the German-English dictionary.

Comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages including French, German, Spanish and Italian, the site will expand to include many other languages such as Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Polish.


Modern Germany : an encyclopedia of history, people, and culture, 1871-1990

Oxford Companion to German Literature

General Reference Works


"This Guide is a selective, annotated guide to reference sources essential to the study of British literature, literatures of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics. Describes and evaluates important bibliographies, abstracts, surveys of research, indexes, databases, catalogs, general histories and surveys, annals, chronologies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks."

Handbooks and Manuals

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

Digizeitschriften provides access to over 110 core German Research Journals.

News Sources

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

Library Information

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