Database List

The following 11 databases are best for: German

See our German Research Guide for more information on researching this subject.

Core German Databases

Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (BDSL).

KLG - Kritisches Lexikon zur deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur

MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)


All German Databases

BDSL (Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft)    
The most important and comprehensive international bibliography of published works on German language, literature, and cultural studies. The database itself is in German, but it indexes journal articles, books and reviews in numerous languages. This source has citations only, not full-text; you will need to use the Get-It! button and often interlibrary loan (Illiad) to obtain the full-text of the materials listed.
  • Coverage Range: 1985 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Semantics

 
DaSinD (Datenbank Schriftstellerinnen in Deutschland)    
A bio-bibliographic database of German language women authors and translators publishing since 1945. Most useful for seeing the authors' publishing histories. In German only.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Universität Bremen

 
European History Primary Sources (EHPS)    
A searchable index of scholarly digital repositories of primary sources. Collections are also browsable by country, language, period, subject, and type of source.
  • Coverage Range: Medieval to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EUI

 
European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection    
Full text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more, with a focus on difficult-to-find works by historically neglected writers. Part of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO).
  • Coverage Range: 1790-1840
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale Cengage Learning

 
Historical Abstracts    
Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including military history, women's history, history of education, history of science, and more. Includes secondary source articles, books, and book reviews published between 1955 to present. Some full-text links included. Use the library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link. NOT A GOOD SOURCE FOR ANCIENT OR MEDIEVAL HISTORY, OR FOR NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY
  • Coverage Range: 1955-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Humanities Full Text    
A full-text database that covers journal articles in Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, and Religion.
  • Coverage Range: Indexing 1984+, Abstracting 1984+, “select” Full Text 1994+
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
KLG - Kritisches Lexikon zur deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur    
A German literature database covering about 600 authors writing in German who began publishing after 1945. Each entry contains a biographical sketch, a detailed critical essay, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. All the information is in German only.
  • Coverage Range: 1945-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Richard Boorberg Veriag GmbH & CoKG

 
Medieval Travel Writing    
Manuscripts of some of the most important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period. The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia. The collection also includes a number of important accounts of travels to or through the Holy Land. It features a number of medieval maps such as the famous ‘Beatus’ and ‘Psalter’ maps, individual manuscript illuminations, and some modern translations of key travel texts.
  • Coverage Range: 13th to the 16th centuries
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

 
MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)    
The premier scholarly index for literature, language, linguistics, and folklore, covering secondary source articles 1963 to present. Includes some direct full-text links; use the library's "Get It!" button for access to articles with no direct full-text link.
  • Coverage Range: 1963 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Nineteenth Century Collections Online Archive (NCCO)    
Primary source material from rare collections around the globe. Includes eight individual collections: (1) British Politics and Society: sources related to the political climate in Great Britain; (2) European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection: full-text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more, with a focus on difficult-to-find works by historically neglected writers; (3) Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange, which includes government reports, diplomatic correspondence, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more; (4) British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture, featuring primary sources such as playbills, scripts to operas and complete scores; (5) Photography: The World through the Lens, has photos and publications about photography from the period; (6) Science, Technology & Medicine: 1780-1925, parts 1-2, has journals, books and other documents; (7) Women: Transnational Networks has journals, books, manuscripts, and other materials, mostly from the US and UK, but with some other countries as well; (8) Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest has monographs, periodicals, and other materials documenting European policies and their effects in Africa.
  • Coverage Range: 19th Century
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale

 
Oxford German-English Dictionary Online    
Authoritative bilingual dictionary to translate between English and German. Includes contextual clues and examples for choosing the correct word or phrase, and audio to hear how words sound.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press