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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.

This web portal combines three research databases in the film studies area: FIAF International Film Database Plus (info), AFI Film Catalog (info), and Film Index International (info).

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

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


GHI Reference Guides can be downloaded free of charge. They appear as PDFs on your device.

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)


Search with the Library Catalog 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.
Vol. 13 of the 1995 ed. is a German-English glossary of frequently-used terms.

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).

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


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. Includes Russian and Spanish. French, German, Italian, and Chinese are no longer included in the Libraries' subscription.


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

Oxford Companion to German Literature

General Reference Works

The database Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon Online / Artists of the World Online is the world's most contemporary, reliable and extensive authoritative resource with up-to-date biographical information on more than 1 million artists. Incorporates the print publications: Thieme-Becker/Vollmer Gesamtregister, the Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon and the Lexikon der Künstlerinnen. Artists from A as in ANDERS A to Z as in ZZÜRCHER, from antiquity to the present and from every country in the world, the database covers the visual arts in the broadest sense, with biographies of painter, graphic artists, sculptors, architects, designer, photographers, video and installation artists, artisans and many other kinds of artists.

Handbooks and Manuals

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

Digizeitschriften provides access to over 110 core German Research Journals.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

Library Information

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