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German, Slavic, & East European Languages & Literatures

Assisting your research in German, Slavic, and East European Studies

Other Rutgers German Databases

In addition to the BDSL and DigiZeitschriften databases noted in the first tab, you should be aware of the following:

Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker
Full text of more than 100 German authors from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century, from the scholarly editions of the Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker series published by Deutscher Klassiker Verlag.

Kafkas Werke im WWW
Full text of the S. Fischer Verlag's critical edition of Kafka's works.

Kritisches Lexikon der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur (KLG)
Signed entries on more than 860 German-speaking authors active since 1945.

Finding German Books

Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog (KVK)

The KVK allows you to search more than 50 library catalogs simultaneously including regional and union catalogs in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well many national libraries worldwide.  Often better than WorldCat for newer German publications.

Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker [Rutgers Restricted]
The works of more than 100 German authors from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century in the form of prose, poetry, drama, diaries, and letters. These are scholarly editions of the authoritative Bibliothek deutscher Klassiker series published by Deutscher Klassiker Verlag Frankfurt am Main.

Bibliothek der deutschen Literatur : Bibliographie und Register : Mikrofiche-Gesamtausgabe nach Angaben des Taschengoedeke. Bearbeitet unter der Leitung von Axel Frey.  München : K.G. Saur, 1995. Alex Reference PT 85.A12 B5 1995
The collection is at M/FICHE 457 in the Alexander Periodicals Room. It contains facsimiles of 15,000 German imprints, both original German books and German translations, published 1650-1890, selected from Taschengoedeke. Bibliographie deutscher Erstausgaben.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online [Rutgers Restricted]
Most of the material in this database is in English, but its collection European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection contains several thousand German books of the Romantic era.  The Corvey Collection was compiled by Victor Amadeus, the Landgrave of Hesse-Rotenberg (1779–1834), and housed at his castle (Castle Corvey) near Paderborn, Germany.  The database provides full text of 18,000 books from the collection in English, French, and German.

Gesamtverzeichnis des deutschsprachigen Schrifttums (GV) : 1700-1910 / bearb. unter der Leitung von Peter Geils und Willi Gorzny ; bibliographische und redaktionelle Beratung, Hans Popst und Rainer Schöller.
München ; New York : K.G. Saur, 1979-
Library Annex (Busch Campus) Z2221.G46 v.1-160

Gesamtverzeichnis des deutschsprachigen Schrifttums (GV) : 1911-1965 / hrsg. von Reinhard Oberschelp ; bearb. unter der Leitung von Willi Gorzny ; mit einem Geleitwort von Wilhelm Totok.
München : Verlag Dokumentation, 1976-
These volumes provide a nearly comprehensive listing of publications for 1700-1965.
Library Annex (Busch Campus) Z2221.G47 v.1-150

Reference Books

Zedlers Grosses Universallexikon Online
A freely available German language encyclopedia that appeared in 68 volumes between 1732 and 1754. One of the largest encyclopedias ever published, it includes a half million entries for names, and a quarter million bibliographic references within the articles.

Handbooks and Manuals

Allgemeine Bücherkunde zur neueren deutschen Literaturgeschichte / Robert Franz Arnold. 4. Aufl.
Berlin, De Gruyter, 1966.
CARR STACKS Z2231.A87 1966 or Z1035.3.A8 1966

Einführung in die Bücherkunde zur deutschen Literaturwissenschaft. Paul Raabe. 11., völlig neubearbeitete Aufl.
Stuttgart: Metzler, 1994. (Sammlung Metzler ; Bd. 1)
This is a short and concise introduction to German literary studies.

German literature : an annotated reference guide. Uwe K. Faulhaber, Penrith B. Goff.
New York: Garland Pub., 1979.
Information sources on German literature and related subjects, especially works in English.


Allgemeine deutsche Biographie / Leipzig : Duncker & Humblot, 1875-1912.
ALEXANDER REF CT1053.A5 v.1-56
Neue deutsche Biographie / Berlin : Duncker & Humblot, 1953-2016.

DOUGLASS STACKS CT1054.A6 (together freely available online)

World biographical index [Rutgers Restricted]
München : K.G. Saur, c1998.

Included in the database are references to the entries in this collection of German biographical dictionaries:

Deutsches biographisches Archiv: eine Kumulation aus 254 der wichtigsten biographischen Nachschlagewerke für den deutschen Bereich bis zum Ausgang des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts / herausgegeben von Bernhard Fabian, bearbeitet unter der Leitung von Willi Gorzny.
München ; New York : K.G. Saur, [1982-1987] 1447 microfiches

Dictionary of German biography (DGB) / editors in chief, Walther Killy and Rudolf Vierhaus ; [in cooperation with Dietrich von Engelhardt ... et al. ; translators into English, Christiane Banerji ... et al.].
München : K.G. Saur, 2001-2006
ALEXANDER REF CT759.D4813 2001 v1-10

Dictionaries of German Literary Authors and History

Deutsches Literatur-Lexkon.  Biographisch-Bibliographisches Handbuch. Begründet von Wilhelm Kosch. Ed. Bruno Berger and Heinz Rupp. 3rd, rev. ed.  Bern; München: Francke, 1966-2000. Vol. 1-20, Suppl. 1-6. Vol. 15- , Suppl. 1- , published by K.G. Saur
Familiarly called "Kosch", it is the most comprehensive and complete resource for information on authors published up to that time.
ALEXANDER REF Z2231.K663 1968
DANA REF Z2230.K6 1968
Several e-volumes for the twentieth century are available via QuickSearch: v.23: Jannack-Jonigk, v.25: Kafka-Karnein, v.26: Karner-Kelter, v.27: Kelterborn-Kippenberger, v.28: Kipper-Klieneberger-Nobel, v.30: Jurij-Kokontis, v.34: Wirdig-Wolenber, v.36: , Worch-Zasius, v.37: Zass-Zobel

Eymers Pseudonymen Lexikon : Realnamen und Pseudonyme in der deutschen Literatur / Wilfrid Eymer.
Bonn : Kirschbaum, 1997. xv, 672 p.
Provides dates, region of origin, genre, and alternate names under each author's actual name, and cross-references from an index of pseudonymns.

Literaturlexikon: Autoren und Werke deutscher Sprache. Walther Killy.
Gütersloh; München: Bertelsmann, 1988-1993. 15 vols.
Edited by a team of distinguished scholars, it includes very readable articles about authors as well as good bibliographies.
ALEXANDER REF PT41.L5 1988 v.1-15

The Oxford Companion to German Literature. Henry and Mary Garland. 3rd ed.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1997.
Covering the area up to the mid 1990s, it aims to "produce a companion to the historical and cultural background to German literature as well as to the writers and works themselves" (Preface to 1st ed.) Authors, titles, themes and characters can be looked up.

Encyclopedia of German literature. Matthias Konzett, Editor.
Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000.

Reallexikon der deutschen Literaturwissenschaft. Hrsg. von Klaus Weimar Neubearb. des Reallexikons der deutschen Literaturgeschichte / hrsg. von Klaus Weimar.
Berlin [u.a.]: de Gruyter, 1997-.
The former title (to the 2nd ed.): Reallexikon der deutschen Literaturgeschichte.
It includes articles on genres, periods, schools, movements and styles of German literature, but no entries on individual writers. It gives extensive bibliographies of primary and secondary material.
Alex Ref PT41.R43 BD. 1-3

The Cambridge history of German literature. Ed. by Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly.
Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
This is a narrative history from 750 to 1990 in several chapters, including East Germany, containing a selective bibliography of secondary sources. All titles and quotations are translated.

Bilingual Dictionaries

LEO Link Everything Online
LEO's dictionary is an example of what is possible on the Internet and the WWW: the quantity and the quality of the vocabulary are the result of countless contributions, corrections and proposals provided by the Internet community.


German Studies Web of ESS

ESS is the European Studies Section in the American Library Association.  Its German Studies Web is an excellent, regularly updated guide to German Studies resources.


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