Documents, Maps and Images

Archives and Collections of Primary Sources

German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) is a comprehensive collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present. It comprises original German texts, all of which are accompanied by new English translations, and a wide range of visual imagery. The materials are presented in ten sections, which have been compiled by leading scholars. All of the materials can be downloaded free of charge for teaching, research, and related purposes; the site is strictly intended for individual, non-commercial use.

German Literature Collections brings together five individual ProQuest German literature resources: Goethes Werke, Schillers Werke, Kafkas Werke, Brechts Werke and Die Deutsche Lyrik. Subscribers to the German Literature Collections website can also choose to include the Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker as an optional addition to the above five websites.

Historical Maps of Germany

Meta-Sites for German Studies
The German Studies Web (WESSWeb) provides access to an organized and annotated array of free online scholarly resources in German Studies, including all German-speaking countries. The site is a collaborative project of German Studies bibliographers nationwide.

Virtual Library: European and German History
The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalogue of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial catalogues, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web.

Virtual Library Zeitgeschichte
Die Virtual Library Zeitgeschichte erschließt Datenquellen nach qualitativen Kriterien. Den inhaltlichen Schwerpunkt bilden wissenschaftliche Ressourcen aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum. Der Katalog umfasst ausgewählte Online-Angebote vom Ersten Weltkrieg über das "Dritte Reich" bis zur frühen Nachkriegszeit. Der Fokus liegt auf Datenquellen zur deutschen Geschichte bis 1949. In diesem Zusammenhang werden im Katalog auch Institutionen und Organisationen sowie methodische und hilfswissenschaftliche Ressourcen verzeichnet.

Bibliographic Resources (indexes, abstracts)

Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
BDSL Online wird von der Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main als Schwerpunkt­bibliothek für Germanistik erstellt. Sie ist die wichtigste bibliographische Informationsquelle für Germanisten mit dem Schwerpunkt Literaturwissenschaft.
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FRANCIS: International Humanities and Social Sciences
The FRANCIS database is recognized for its international scholarly coverage of wideranging topics in the humanities and social sciences. Its millions of authoritative bibliographic citations are a boon to modern interdisciplinary research, teaching and scholarship. Produced by the highly regarded Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, FRANCIS indexes multilingual information published in over 4,300 journals and provides abstracts for 80 percent of its 2 million records.
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Internationale Bibliographie der geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften­literatur
Die IBZ ist die traditionsreiche, seit 1896 erscheinende, internationale, interdisziplinäre, vornehmlich die Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften berücksichtigende Bibliographie zur wissen­schaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur. Die IBZ-ONLINE weist über 2.956.240 Zeitschriften­aufsätze aus ca. 11.381 Zeitschriften der Jahre 1983ff nach. Jährlich kommen über 120.000 Eintragungen mit systematischer Sacherschließung hinzu.
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Electronic Research Tools

Modern Language Association International Bibliography
The MLA International Bibliography provides a classified listing and subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It is compiled by the staff of the MLA Office of Bibliographic Information Services with the cooperation of more than 100 contributing bibliographers in the United States and abroad. Available in print and in several electronic versions, the MLA International Bibliography annually indexes over 66,000 books and articles. Coverage begins with 1926.
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Multi-Library Catalog for German Literature: Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog
The best starting point for searching German library catalogs, the KVK is a powerful "meta-catalog" that allows simultaneous searching of multiple library catalogs, among them those of Die Deutsche Bibliothek and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the regional union catalogs, Austrian and Swiss libraries, and other national catalogs.

Book Reviews

Book Review Index Online
Containing the entire backfile of Book Review Index print content from 1965 to the present, Book Review Index Online is a comprehensive online guide to book reviews with more than 5.6 million reviews on more than 2.5 million titles.
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International Bibliography of Book Reviews (IBR)
A multilingual interdisciplinary index to book reviews published in scholarly journals, primarily in the social sciences and the humanities, including many European journals.
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References (electronic)

German Professor
holds a comprehensive list of free online German dictionaries, paperbound German dictionary books, eBook compatible word translation databases, smartphone German dictionary applications such as iPhone apps, Android apps and Blackberry apps, German dictionary software packages and standalone electronic gadgets that serve as advanced translators from English to German and German to English or any other language.
is one of the best online dictionaries available.

Concise Oxford-Duden German Dictionary
This dictionary incorporates the recent German spelling reforms throughout, and provides unrivalled coverage of general, scientific, technical and literary vocabulary. Entries bring together the essential vocabulary from specific subject areas such as the environment, society, business and industry, communication, media, and the arts.

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms
provides definitions of the most troublesome literary terms from abjection to zeugma. It offers readers increased coverage of new terms from modern critical and theoretical movements, such as feminism, and schools of American poetry, Spanish verse forms, life writing, and crime fiction.

Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm
is a searchable digital version of Grimms Wörterbuch produced by the University of Trier.

World Biographical Information System
Comprehensive database providing biographical information on 4 million persons. Digital facsimile articles from more than 3,700 reference works are also included for 2.3 million individuals. Online version of the K.G. Saur Biographical Archives. Formerly World Biographical Index.