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Welcome! On this page, you will find tools for research in German Language and Literature. This list includes resources relating to German speaking countries and communities, alongside German language resources in a wide range of subject areas.



If you are looking for secondary sources, check out these databases.

Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft includes articles published in German language journals from 1985 onward. 

Germanistik Online Datenbank  provides access to the full text contents of Germanistik, an international journal on the study of German Language and Literature. Areas covered include literature, theatre studies, media studies, cultural history and linguistics.

MLA International Bibliography features scholarly articles on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore from around the world. Sources include periodicals, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations and bibliographies. Coverage spans 1923 to the present.


Primary Sources

Consult this list for digitized text and image primary sources.

ANNO: Austrian Newspapers Online is a virtual newspaper reading room hosted by the Austrian National Library. It makes available to readers hundreds of historical newspaper and magazine titles published in Austria from late 18th through early 20th century.

German Literature Collections offers access to texts in German in a cross-searchable format, by author, keyword or phrase. Users can choose between a German or English search interface. Collections include Goethes Werke, Schillers Werke, Kafkas Werke, Brechts Werke, Die Deutsche Lyrik, and the Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker.

WessWeb: German Studies Web functions as a portal to scholarly resources in German Studies, including all German-speaking countries. The resources organized therein have undergone a selection and evaluation process, and include much digitized archival text and image, alongside news and reference sources.



Brush up on your knowledge of German vocabulary and etymology, or do some background research.

Kindlers Literatur Lexikon Online ,the online version of the comprehensive German language encyclopedia of world literature, covers 13,000 important works of world literature and numerous writers, from ancient times to the present. Search interface and content is in German.

LEO German/English Dictionary features search options from German to English, as well as English to German. It also includes a text mode, allowing for translation of multiple words and word strings from a passage of text.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online: German provides a fully searchable bilingual German -English and English- German dictionary online, with supplementary resources in German language history, culture, and colloquialisms.


Search across all Columbia University Library's databases:

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Finding Books:

Browse the stacks using the call numbers for Germanic languages and literatures:

PD:  Germanic Languages

PT1-4897: German Literature


CLIO : Online catalog of the Columbia University Libraries, including Barnard Library, but excluding Teachers College and the Law Library.

To find primary sources in CLIO, use the keywords:

  • archives
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • interviews
  • narratives
  • memoirs
  • sources

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