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Daniel Becker
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Herzlich Willkommen!
Outline of Germany, overlayed with the black, red, and gold of the German flagThis research guide presents some core resources in German Studies.

Additional resources are available on the following guides:

Please send questions and suggestions about this guide to Daniel Becker
Reference Sources
Handbooks and Encyclopedias 
Cover of the Encyclopedia of German LiteratureEncyclopedia of German Literature Restricted Resource Some full text available
Comprehensive, two-volume reference work in English. Covers both historical and canonical works and periods as well as the post-World War II era until the end of the twentieth century. 2000.  

Encyclopedia of the Third Reich Restricted Resource Some full text available
Comprehensive, two-volume encyclopedia providing entries on political, social, and cultural aspects of Nazi Germany as well as on individual personalities.  Call Number: ​Ref. DD256.5 .G76313 1991

Feminist Encyclopedia of German Literature Restricted Resource Some full text available
Thorough treatment of German literature by (mostly) women authors. Call Number: Ref. PT41 .F46 1997.  

Handwörterbuch des politischen Systems der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Online version of the standard handbook on German politics and the German constitution. Based on the 7th edition (2013). In German. 

Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People, and Culture, 1871-1990 Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Two-volume encyclopedia covering German history, society, and culture between the country's first and second unifications. Some of the entries are relatively short, while others provide overviews of substantial length.  Call Number: ​Ref. DD14 .M64 1998

German Dictionaries 
Collins German Dictionary Restricted Resource
Comprehensive German-English dictionary with more than 100,000 entries. 

Oxford-Duden German Dictionary Restricted Resource
With 300,000+ entries and 500,000+ translations, Oxford-Duden is one of the most comprehensive and well-regarded German-English dictionaries available. Call Number: ​Ref. PF3640 .O94 2005. 

Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob Grimm und Wilhelm Grimm Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Online version of the largest dictionary of the German language. 

Foreign Language Business Dictionaries Restricted Resource Some full text available

Cover of Business French DictionaryCover of Business German DictionaryCover of Business Spanish Dictionary

From Peter Collin Publishing, these dictionaries provide specialized business vocabulary in French, German, and Spanish.

Websites and Online Exhibitions
Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Website of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education, which provides extensive learning resources on German (and European) politics, history, society, and culture. Its multimedia dossiers are particularly noteworthy, as is its series of short studies Informationen zur politischen Bildung. In German. 

Tatsachen über Deutschland Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Information about contemporary Germany in several languages, presented in a hybrid website/encyclopedia format. Jointly curated by the Frankfurter Societäts-Medien GmbH, a publishing house, and the German Foreign Office. 

LEMO: Lebendiges Museum Online Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Extensive website offering an online "museum" of German history, developed by the German Bundesarchiv (Federal Archives), the German Historical Museum, and the House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany. Includes expository essays, images, eyewitness statements, audiovisual material, and primary sources. 

Core Resources
Language and Literature 
Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft Unrestricted Resource
The major bibliography for German language and literature. Indexes journal articles, books, chapters in books, etc. In German. 

MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics and folklore, including journal articles, series, monographs, dissertations, bibliographies, and proceedings; via ProQuest; 1926 - present.

History and Society
Jahresberichte für deutsche Geschichte Unrestricted Resource
Provides a comprehensive bibliography of books, book chapters, and articles on German history and related fields in both German and other languages. 1949-present.

Historical Abstracts [EBSCO] Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations pertaining to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (not including United Sates, Canada, or pre-history; for US and Canada, use America: History and Life); 1955 - present. 
Additional Databases
Humanities Full Text [H.W. Wilson / EBSCO] Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Indexes journals in the disciplines of archaeology and classical studies, art, folklore, history, language and literature, literary criticism, music and performing arts, philosophy, and religion; includes over 320 full text journals; 1984 - present.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes scholarly journal articles on the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400 - 1700 A.D.).

Project Muse Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full-text current and archival articles from 660+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. The Library's subscription also includes over 7,000 e-books. Updated continually.

Social Sciences Full Text [H.W. Wilson / EBSCO] Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes articles and book reviews in some of the key international English language journals in the social sciences, for example: anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology; includes over 320 full text journals; 1984 - present.

Sociological Abstracts Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes journals, dissertations, conference papers, and selected books in sociology and related disciplines. A ProQuest database; 1952 - present. 
Journal Repositories 
The following repositories include digital editions of periodicals in German and/or about German-speaking Europe: 

DigiZeitschriften Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Provides text and images from the back issues of over 100 periodicals in economics, English languages, geology, Germanic languages, history, law, librarianship, philology, Romance languages, the sciences, and sociology. (Mostly in German.)

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Full text backfiles of over 2,500 core scholarly journals in humanities, social sciences, and sciences. To help you navigate and search JSTOR, check their helpful how-to guide (PDF).  Note: JSTOR includes 16 current titles, but for all others, JSTOR does not contain the most recent 1-7 years of content. Many of these titles are continued in the Library's print and/or electronic subscriptions, however. Check the Journal Finder for complete holdings information.

Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR) Unrestricted Resource
Database of open-access social science articles and papers.

Major Scholarly Periodicals in German Studies available at Wheaton 
For newspapers and magazines, check our guide to German texts and primary sources
Documenting Your Research
Properly documenting your research is a crucial part of the research process. Check out the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University as well as our own Citation Management Guide  for detailed information about different citation styles and formats. 

German Studies scholarship usually uses either the MLA Handbook or the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. , depending on the specific discipline in which you work. To make sure you use the correct format, please check with your professor(s). 

To manage your sources and references, try Zotero or RefWorks .  
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