Welcome to the LibGuide for the Study of German Literature! Here you will find bibliographies, literary dictionaries & encyclopedias, biographical sources, history & criticism, short stories, poetry & drama, and internet resources on German literature as well as resources to help you identify journal articles and books on German literature in the Rod Library. The main tabs under Literatures of Modern Languages provide additional information on searching for literature.
Indexes to Articles
The following databases should be helpful in finding German literature and articles about German literature.
UNISTAR Library Catalog
Use UNISTAR to Find Books
Use UNISTAR, the online catalog, to identify books and other resources on German language, literature and culture. Subject searches should be done using appropriate subject terms identified in the Library of Congress Subject Headings books which are located at the UNI Reference Desk. Examples of useful subject headings are:
German language--Spoken German
German literature--Germany (East)
German literature--History and criticism
German literature--Middle high German, 1050-1500
German literature--Translations into English
German poetry--Themes, Motives
Germany--Social life and customs
Short stories, German
Information of a certain time period may be identified by adding a century to the subject heading. Example: Art, German--19th century; German literature--17th century--History and criticism. If you have trouble identifying the correct subject heading, you may perform a Keyword search using the terms you want to find. You can then look through your results and when you find a source that looks promising, you can look at the subject headings given for that source and click on those subject headings to find more sources like it.
Persons wishing to find resources written in German should click on the Modify Search button at the top of the UNISTAR search results screen and then select the German language from the Language drop-down menu. Or you may click on the Advanced Search tab at the top, type in your search and limit your search to German language materials at the same time.