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German Studies: Finding Books

A guide to the library's resources in German studies, including indexes to the research literature, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more.

Finding Books

Use our Library Catalog (title or author search) to find journals and books that you have identified in the previous steps.

To find books on a particular topic, do a subject search. For books on literary authors, use the author's name as subject heading (last name first).

Seghers, Anna, 1900- Criticism and interpretation

Wolf, Christa Correspondence

There are also many topical subject headings relating to literary movements, themes, events, etc. for example:

Sturm und Drang movement

Treaty of Versailles

The keyword search is a less precise (Google-like) search that will often be useful when you are not sure about the correct subject heading. It will also help you find additional books you are interested in. Looking at the subject headings for the titles found in a keyword search can help you refine your search.

Note:  Both subject and keyword searches have their strengths.  For a thorough search, use them both.

Where do I find the actual books?

Most books (and journals) on German literature are shelved in the PT section of the call numbers (Stack Level 6) . Books and journals on German language tend to be in the PF section ( Stack Level 4). For other call numbers, consult the Baker/Berry Library stacks guide (in paper at the information or reference desk or available from the library catalog).


Help! The book I need is checked out or missing.

If the book you need is not at Dartmouth or it is checked out, use Borrow Direct.

WorldCat, a catalog containing over 34 million records, is useful for identifying items not available at Dartmouth. These books can be obtained from DartDoc