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Bilingual dictionaries

Collins German Dictionary (online, OU only)
Collins German-English, English-German Dictionary (print, Ref. PF 3640 .H28 2003)
Oxford-Duden German Dictionary (print, Ref. PF 3640 .O94 1999)
Business German Dictionary (online, OU only)
Deutsch English Wörterbuch (free, online): German/English dictionary with over 640,000 entries.

German dictionaries

Duden Deutsches Universalwörterbuch (print, Ref. PF 3625 .D83 2007)
Duden: das Stilwörterbuch (print, Ref.PF 3625 .D827 2010)
Wörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache (print, Ref. PF 3625 .K46 2000)
Das Digitale Wörterbuch der Deutschen Sprache (free, online)
Deutsches Wörterbuch by Jakob Grim and Wilhelm Grimm (free, online access to the Grimms' 16 volume dictionary published in the late 19th century)

Full list of print and online dictionaries available at the Library

Full list of German language readers

Free language learning tools online:
  • Linguee: dictionary and search engine displaying words in context
  • Forvo: a wiki where native speakers can post the pronounciation of words. You can learn how to pronounce a word and also see how speakers in different regions pronounce it differently.
  • Wordsteps: a fun way to learn new vocabulary
  • CAPL: a growing collection of images for language learning
Find background information
Encyclopedia of German literature
Critical essays on people and movements in German literature. Each essay has a bibliography for  further reading.

The Cambridge Companion to Modern German Culture

The Cambridge Companion to the Modern German Novel

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB)
Provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. DLB Complete Online includes the DLB main series, the DLB Documentary Series, and the DLB Yearbook Series. Includes:
Print encyclopedias
Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia (print, Ref, DD 157 .M43 2001)
Modern Germany : an encyclopedia of history, people, and culture, 1871-1990 (print, Ref, DD 14 .M64 1998)
The feminist encyclopedia of German literature (print, Ref, PT 41 .F46 1997)

Country information
World Factbook on Germany (CIA)
Background Note on Germany (US Department of State)
Find Books

Library OneSearch
Use the catalog to find books, videos, recordings, and goverment documents we have at the library.

A statewide catalog of many of Michigan's libraries. It allows you to request books at another library be sent to Kresge Library for you.

Beyond Kresge Library

To request an item from another library:
MelCat (Michigan libraries)
ILLiad (libraries worldwide), using the WorldCat catalog to find books.
Find articles
MLA International Bibliography
A subject index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It is produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization dedicated to the study and teaching of language and literature. The electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1925 and contains over 2 million citations from more than 4,400 periodicals (including peer-reviewed e-journals) and 1,000 book publishers.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR
Hundreds of full-text journals in a variety of subject areas, including German literature and history. Coverage of most journals extends back to the journal's first issue (sometimes in the 1800s) up to, but not including the last few years.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE
Some journals in German studies and literature.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Historical Abstracts
The most comprehensive listing of articles for the history of countries outside North America.
Find images
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff ARTstor
ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Over 62,000 images of paintings, photographs, sculptures, etc. relating to German culture.
Find News
 For a broad coverage of the German language press see Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Factiva
It includes articles from German newspapers and magazines.

Paperball: search German newspapers online by keyword.

Deutsche Welle: news in German, with audio files. The speakers speak slowly and clearly, so this a great learning tool.

ICON: links to digitized historical German newspapers.
Websites of interest
Litrix.de: a website devoted to contemporary German literature, hosted by the Goethe Institut. Available in German and English, it contains information about authors and works, as well as substantial excerpts from works.

Gutenberg Project: an online collection of full-text books, including German classics (in both German and English).

Deutsche Literatur digital library: a large collection of full-text German works, to be read online or downloaded.

Zeno.org: a digital library that contains works in German from all major disciplines.

Sophie: a digital library of fiction written by German-speaking women between 1740 and 1923.

History of Germany: Primary Documents: a collection of links to German primary sources from the Middle Ages to the Present.

Zentrales Verzeichnis Digitalisierter Drucke: digitized German language collections.

German Studies Web: a portal maintained by the Association of College and Research Libraries, with a selection of scholarly resources in all fields of German Studies - literature, history, linguistics, etc.
Additional information
Library Contact
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Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

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