Orientation to German Resources for Juniors and Seniors


Boor, Helmut De, and Newald, Richard. Geschichte der deutschen Literatur von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. München: Beck, 1949-.
(F) (SD) 3425.198
History of German literature. Bd. 1. Die deutsche Literatur von Karl dem Grossen bis zum Beginn der höfischen Dichtung (770-1170) -- Bd. 2. Die höfische Literatur. Vorbereitung, Blüte, Ausklang (1170-1250) -- Bd. 3. Die deutsche Literatur im späten Mittelalter (1250-1370) (2 v.) -- Bd. 4. Die deutsche Literatur vom späten Mittelalter bis zum Barock (1370-1570) (2 v.) -- Bd. 5. Die deutsche Literatur vom Späthumanismus zur Empfindsamkeit (1570-1750) -- Bd. 6. (1990) Aufklärung, Sturm und Drang, Frühe Klassik, 1740-1789 -- Bd. 7. Die deutsche Literatur zwischen französischen Revolution und Restauration (2 v.) Bd. 9, T. 1. Geschichte der deutschsprachigen Literatur, 1870-1900 -- Bd. 9, T. 2. Geschichte der deutschsprachigen literature 1900-1918 -- Bd. 12. Geschichte der deutschen Literatur von 1945 bis zur Gegenwart.

Grimm, Günter E., and Rainer Max, Frank. Deutsche Dichter: Leben und Werk deutschprachiger Autoren. 8 vols. Stuttgart: Reclam, 1988-1990.
(F) PT155.D489 1988
Bd. 1. Mittelalter -- Bd. 2. Reformation, Renaissance und Barock -- Bd. 3. Aufklärung und Empfindsamkeit -- Bd. 4. Sturm und Drang, Klassik -- Bd. 5. Romantik, Biedermeier und Vormärz -- Bd. 6. Realismus, Naturalismus und Jugendstil -- Bd. 7. Vom Beginn bis zur Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts -- Bd. 8. Gegenwart.

Hansers Sozialgeschichte des deutschen Literatur vom 16. Jahrhundert bis zu Gegenwart. München: Hanser, 1980-.
(SD) (F) PT85.H33
Social aspects of the history of German literature are examined.


Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft. Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann, 1957-1969 (8 vols.); 1970-.
(SD) (DR) Z2231.B5 Online 1985-. (1945/1953)-8. Bd. (1967/1968). Editors: v. 1, H.V. Eppelsheimer; v. 2-8, C. Köttelwesch. Annual unannotated bibliography, systematically organized. Began covering linguistics in 1969. To be used with the MLA Bibliography, since it provides more in-depth coverage. Includes citations to primary works, editions, letters, biographies, articles, Forschungsberichte, and reviews. Contains name and subject index. In part, this is cumulated by Köttelwesch, Bibliographisches Handbuch der deutschen Literaturwissenschaft.

Bibliographie Linguistischer Literatur (BLL). Frankfurt am Main: V. Klostermann, 1979-.
(DR) Oversize z7003.xB5q
Vol. 1 covered 1971-1975. Annual thereafter. Lists books and articles on general and theoretical linguistics and on English and the Germanic and Romance languages. Detailed subject arrangement with an additional subject index. The BLL used together with the MLA, Germanistik, and the Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft offer the scholar of German language and literature excellent coverage of the annual resources in the field.

Germanistik. Internationales Referatenorgan mit bibliographischen Hinweisen. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1960-.
(F) 04678.386 and (SD) Current issues
Quarterly, partially annotated bibliography. Systematically organized. To be used in conjuction with the MLA Bibliography and Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft covering recent publications. Contains name and subject index.


Albrecht, Günter. Lexikon deutschsprachiger Schriftsteller von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. 2 vols. Leipzig: Bibliographisches Institut VEB, 1967-1968;
(SD) (DR) PT155.L49 1987
Alphabetically aranged. Biographies and commentary on important works. Primary bibliographic information.

Arnold, Heinz Ludwig, ed. Kritisches Lexikon zur deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur (KLG). München: edition text+kritik, 1978-.
(SD) PT155.K75 and (Electronic Resource) Library Web (Firestone only)
Alphabetically arranged lexicon covering contemporary German language authors. Offers biographical and interpretive essays, and a primary and secondary literature bibliography. The loose-leafed print volumes allow for regular additions and revisions.

Berger, Bruno and Heinz Rupp. Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon (DLL). Biographisch-Bibliographisches Handbuch. 3rd ed. Bern; München: Francke, 1968-.
(F) (SD) Z2231.K66 1968 (F) 3425.538.11 (2nd ed.)
Extensive author lexikon. Focuses on literary authors, but includes also historians, philosophers, theologians, etc. Offers biographical and bibliographical information (both primary and secondary literature). Covers all of German literature.

Frederiksen, Elke P. and Elizabeth G. Ametsbichler, eds. Women Writers in German-Speaking Countries: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
(SD) (F)  Z2233.5.W6 W65 1998
Though not an actual lexicon, it can be used as such. It contains articles in English on fifty-four female authors from the 10th-century (Hrotsvit von Gandersheim) to the present, including authors from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

Jens, Walter, ed. Kindlers neues Literatur Lexikon. Frechen: KOMET, 1998.
(SD) PN41.K53 1998
Essays on literary works organized alphabetically by author. Covers world literature, but with a special emphasis on German literature. Each entry includes a summary, an appraisal, and a bibliography (editions, translations, selected secondary sources, information on adaptations for film, music, theater). Originally based on the Dizionario delle opere di tutti i tempe e di tutte le letterature, ed. Valentino Bompiani. Bd. 1. Aa-Az -- Bd. 2. Ba-Bo -- Bd. 3. Bp-Ck -- Bd. 4. Cl-Dz -- Bd. 5. Ea-Fz -- Bd. 6. Ga-Gr -- Bd. 7. Gs-Ho -- Bd. 8. Ho-Jz -- Bd. 9. Ka-La -- Bd. 10. La-Ma -- Bd. 11. Ma-Mo -- Bd. 12. Mp-Pa -- Bd. 13. Pa-Re -- Bd. 14. Re-Sc -- Bd. 15. Sc-St -- Bd.16. St-Va -- Bd. 17. Vb-Zz -- Bd. 18. Anonyma, Kollektivwerke, Stoffe: Aa-Kz -- Bd. 19. Anonyma, Kollektivwerke, Stoffe: La-Za. Essays -- Bd. 20. Essays. Register zu den Essays -- Bd. 21. Supplement, A-K -- Bd. 22. Supplement, L-Z.

Killy, Walther. Literatur Lexikon: Autoren und Werke deutscher Sprache. 15 vols. München: Bertelsmann, 1988-1993.
(DR) PT41.L57
Bd. 1-12. Autoren und Werke von A bis Z -- Bd. 13-14. Begriffe, Realien, Methoden -- Bd. 15. Register. Focuses on the history of German literature (genre, style, movements). Includes information on regional literature.

Konzett, Matthias, ed. Encyclopedia of German Literature. 2 vols. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000.
(DR) (SD) PT91.E53 2000
Critical essays written by Anglo-American scholars followed by brief biographical information and selected writings.

Kürschners deutscher Literatur-Kalender. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1937-.
(F) (DR) Z2230.K92
Listings of living authors with minimal biographical and bibliographical information, includes addresses. Lists recent deaths, birthdays, translators (with addresses), literary publishers, literary agents, radio stations, journals, author and literary "Gesellschaften," and literary prizes.

Metzler Autorinnen Lexikon. Edited by Ute Hechtfischer et al. Stuttgart: J.M. Metzler, 1998.
(F) (DR) PN479.M48 1998
Biographical and bibliographic information on female authors. Not only German.

Reallexikon der deutschen Literaturwissenschaft: Neubearbeitung des Reallexikons der deutschen Literaturgeschichte, edited by Klaus Weimar. 3. neubearbeitete Aufl. Berlin; New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1997-c2003. 3 v.
(SD) (DR) PT41 .R4 1997
Focuses on the history of German literature (genre, form, style, movements). Includes information on regional literature.


Allgemeine deutsche Biographie (ADB). 56 vols. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 1875-1912 (1st ed.); 1967-1971 (2nd ed.).
(DR) CT1053.xA5 1967 (2nd ed.)
Lists important persons who died before 1899. In addition to biographical information some bibliographic references are included. Vol. 56 is a general index.

Dictionary of Literary Biography (Gale Literature Resource Center)
Electronic version (Literature Resource Center) of the Gale print publication by the same title located in (SD) PN451.D53. The volumes on German authors include: 124, 129, 133, 138, 148, 164, 168, 179.

Neue deutsche Biographie (NDB). Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 1953-.
(DR) CT1053.xN49
Lists important personalities who died before the publication of each volume. Covers German figures or foreigners who lived for a time in Germany and had a significant impact on German history or culture. Includes bibliographic references.


Collins German-English, English-German dictionary: Unabridged. 4th ed. Glasgow; New York: HarperCollins; Stuttgart: Klett Verlag, 1999.
(SD) PF3640 .C64 1999

Duden: Das grosse Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. 3rd ed. 10 vols. Mannheim: Duden, 1999.
(SD) (DR) PF3625.G75 1999
Modern German dictionary. Bd. 1. A-Bedi -- Bd. 2. Bedr-Eink -- Bd. 3. Einl-Geld -- Bd. 4. Gele-Impr -- Bd. 5. Impu-Leim -- Bd. 6. Lein-Peko -- Bd. 7. Pekt-Schi -- Bd. 8. Schl-Tace -- Bd. 9. Tach-Vida -- Bd. 10. Vide-Zz.

Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Deutsches Wörterbuch. 16 vols. in 33. Leipzig: Verlag von S. Hirzel, 1984.
(DR) (SD) PF3625.G7 1854a.
Historical German dictionary. V.1-3; v.4,pt.1,v.1-4; v.4,pt.1,v.5(inc.); v.4,pt.1,v.6; v.4,pt.2; v.5-9; v.10,pt.1; v.10,pt.2,v.2; v.10,pt.3-4; v.11,pt.1,v.1-2; v.11, pt.2; v.11, pt.3,v.1-2; v.12, pt.1-2; v.13; v.14, pt.1,v.1-2; v.14, pt.2(inc.,); v.15-16. Also Neubearbeitung, 1965- (SD) Oversize PF3625.G72q 1. Bd. A-Affrikata --2. Bd. Affront-Aktionszentrum -- 3. Bd. Lief. 3-4 -- 6. Bd. D-D-Zug -- 7. Bd. E-Empörer -- 8. Bd. Emporheben-Exzitieren-- 9. Bd. Lief. 1/2) and (SD) Current fascicles.

Langenscheidt Muret-Sanders Grosswörterbuch Englisch. Herausgegeben von der Langenscheidt-Redaktion. Edition: Völlige Neubearb. Berlin; New York: Langenscheidt, 2004.
(F) PF3640.L233 2004


Elfe, Wolfgang D., and Hardin, James, eds. Twentieth-Century German Dramatists, 1919-1992. Detroit: Gale, 1992.
(SD) PN451.D53 v. 124
Series: Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 124.

Fischer, Ludwig, ed. Literatur in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland bis 1967. München: C. Hanser, 1987.
(SD) (F) PT85.H33 Bd. 10
Series: Hansers Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur vom 16. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart.

Raabe, Paul. Die Autoren und Bücher des literarischen Expressionismus. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1992. 2nd ed.
(SD) Z2234.E93 R3 1992
Comprehensive source on German literary expressionism.

Weyergraf, Bernhard, ed. Literatur der Weimarer Republik, 1918-1933. München: C. Hanser, 1995.
(SD) (F) PT85.H33 Bd. 8
Series: Hansers Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur vom 16. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart.

York-Gothart, Mix, ed. Naturalismus, Fin de siècle, Expressionismus 1890-1918. München: C. Hanser, 2000.
(SD) (F) PT85.H33 Bd. 7
Series: Hansers Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur vom 16. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart.


Modern German Literature

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science) 1975-present.
Covers many of the world's leading journals in German language and literature and all of the humanities.

Modern Language Association of America.   MLA International Bibliography of Books and Articles on the Modern Languages and Literatures. 9 vols. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1921-. The Web version covers the years 1963-present.
Ceased in paper format. Back issues (1921-1999) of the print publication containing a section entitled "German Language and Literature" are located:  (Annex) Z6941.xM6. Electronic Resource:  MLA International Bibliography 1963-present. Annual bibliography with minimal annotations. Indexes over 3,000 journals and series. Also covers relevant monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies. Areas include literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. When begun in 1921 it covered writings by Americans on the literatures of various countries. By 1963 it listed books and articles in English and in other West-European languages and in some East-European languages, and since 1981 it aims to be all-inclusive. Now it covers modern languages and literatures of the world, as well as literary criticism and theory; comparative and historical linguistics; folklore; and professional topics. A companion to the MLA International Bibliography is Modern Language Association of America. MLA Directory of Periodicals - A Guide to Journals and Series in Languages and Literatures. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1978/79- located in (DR) Z6941.xM6. It covers journals and series indexed by the MLA International Bibliography. Gives editorial description, subscription and submission information. Indexes subjects, sponsoring organizations, editorial staff, languages published.

Medieval German Literature

International Medieval Bibliography 1967-present.
The IMB is the Web version of the semiannual print publication of the same title. The print version (1967-1998)  is located: (F) Z6203.I63. Chronological limits: 450-1500 AD; geographical limits: entire European continent including the Byzantine Empire and the Crusader States. The discipline areas to which the IMB is relevant include Classics, English Language and Literature, History and Archaeology, Theology and Philosophy, Medieval European Languages and Literatures, Arabic and Islamic Studies, History of Education, Art History, Music, Theatre and Performance Arts, Rhetoric and Communication Studies.

German Art

Art Index 1929-present.
Indexes and abstracts articles and reproductions of works of art from periodicals published throughout the world in all areas of the arts.

German Economics

EconLit 1969-present.
Indexes international economic literature. Includes major journals, articles in collective volumes (essays, proceedings, etc.), books, full-text book reviews, dissertations, and working papers.

EIU Country Data 1980-present.
Online service that provides international economic data and forecasts on a time series basis. Data are derived from national governments, trade associations, BIS, IMF, IFC, OECD, the World Bank, and EIU' s own researchers.
German History

Historical Abstracts 1954-present.
Indexes books and journal articles on the history of the world (excluding the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present.

German Philosophy

Philosopher's Index 1940-present.
Provides citations to articles and books in all areas of philosophy.

German Politics

Europa World: Europa World Year Book
Provides detailed up-to-date surveys of over 250 countries and territories covering such areas as a country's constitution, government, legislature, political organizations, diplomatic representation, religion, media, finance, trade, industry, transport, and tourism. It includes a comprehensive listing of over 1,650 international organizations, directory information, and current analysis.

International Political Science Abstracts 1989-present.
Provides abstracts in English or French to articles selected from over 1,000 international journals. Topics covered include political science method and theory, political thinkers and ideas, governmental and administrative institutions, political process, international relations, and national and area studies.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) 1951-present.
Compiled by the British Library of Political & Economic Science of the London School of Economics & Political Science, this database provides bibliographic information from an international selection of publications (including over 2,600 journals) in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology.
Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science) 1956-present.
The equivalent of the Arts & Humanities Citation Index for the Social Sciences.


CRL's Foreign Doctoral Dissertations Database
The Center for Research Libraries has more than 750,000 uncataloged foreign doctoral dissertations. As this database is in the process of being constructed, not finding a match does not mean CRL does not hold the dissertation. Please contact CRL directly if you cannot find a particular title.

Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Digital Dissertations) 1861-; Princeton, 1997- in full text via.pdf.
Includes citations for dissertations ranging from 1861 to those accepted last semester; those published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts. Citations for master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Titles represent authors from North America and Europe, with over a million titles in full text from 1997 forward.