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German Language & Literature

This guide is an introduction to some of the major reference works and databases of scholarly research in the field of German language and literature.


Meyers Enzyklopädisches Lexikon  (Meyer's Encyclopedic Lexicon)
Call number: AE27 .M6 1978 (Reference) - Meyer's consists of. 25 vols. with entries of varying length on art, science, history, geography, biography, international organizations and much more. Maps include major cities of the world, Germany and German-speaking countries. Each volume has 4-5 longer essays on broad topics, and the final volume lists authors, titles and the location of the longer essays.

Brockhaus Enzyklopädie (Brockhaus Encyclopedia)
Call number: AE27 .G67 1986 (LRA) - 24 vol. encyclopedia consisting mostly of brief entries covering the arts, geography, history, international studies, politics, science, and more. Longer essays on "key subjects" (Schluesselbegriffe) are inserted occasionally (identified by a blue line in the margin), and the yearbooks (1993-present) contain full-length articles on major issues in Germany, Europe, and the world.  The set also includes a 3-vol. German dictionary, a one volume German-English Dictionary, a volume of addenda, and an index to the biographical entries.  Many full-color illustrations.

Brockhaus Enzyklopädie : Jahrbücher (annuals from the previous title) AE27 .G67 1986 (Reference) 21 volumes (1993 - 2012) covering world events of the given year, news from individual countries, annual awards and prizes and more.


Die deutschsprachige Sachliteratur (Non-fiction in German)
Call number:  Z1035.3 .D53 (Reference) - 1978 work containing broad philosophical essays on the most important books written in German in the arts and sciences, including Catholic and Protestant theology.  Focus is on post-1945 developments, although older works are mentioned in order to present historical trends.


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