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For German Language and Literature

Germanistik and Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft both index journal articles, books, and chapters in books related specifically to German Language and Literature. They are arranged in a way that helps you learn more about the field. Divided by the areas of language and literature, the sections devoted to literature are arranged by time period (e.g., mittelalter), literary movement (e.g, Sturm und Drang): major author, major author's works, and "lesser authors." In addition, at the beginning of each volume you'll find a list of all journals and volumes essays indexed in the volume. These will be the core publications in the field. These indexes take more time, but they will help you build expertise in the field of German literature.

Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft is on Burling 1st floor  Z2231 .B5
A limited online version is also available.

Germanistik is available on the current periodical shelves on first floor Burling, and also on the 4th floor of Burling.

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Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Z2231 .B5
A comprehensive annual bibliography of Western-language materials, primarily in German, on German language and literature.
Print Location: Burling 4th Floor East v.1 (1960)-
A core biblographic source for citations in German language and literature. Each volume contains approximately 7,500 citations from approximately 500 different sources, including journals and collected works.

Reference Resources

Historical Dictionary of German Theater
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor PN2657 .G73 2006
"Historical Dictionary of German Theater provides entries on significant playwrights, directors, and actors; notable plays; and major styles. The emergence of the tradition is followed in the chronology and described in the introduction. The bibliography provides further resources."
Literary Encyclopedia Restricted Resource
The Literary Encyclopedia is an authoritative collection of specially commissioned articles written by scholars expert in their fields. It addresses literary works, writers, cultural movements and historical events around the world. Its interactive features enable the user to place literature within its historical context in innovative ways. Includes an article specifically on Büchner's Woyzeck:
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Using Keywords and Subject headings to search
Books in the library are given "Library of Congress Subject Headings." These may give you ideas about additional terms to use and can also help you build search statements to use when looking for articles in databases.

Büchner, Georg, 1813-1837. Woyzeck
Büchner, Georg, 1813-1837 -- Criticism and Interpretation


Theater -- Germany
German Literature -- 19th century -- History and Criticism
Romanticism -- Germany