Online Resources for German Studies Program
March 4, 2004
Online Library Catalogs
We use these to locate resources to request through Interlibrary Loan
This catalog represents holdings of library materials in a variety of formats held at more than 12,000 OCLC affiliated libraries worldwide. It contains records of German-language titles provided by the German vendor Otto Harrassowitz in Wiesbaden.
- Die Deutsche Bibliothek Database
The Deutsche Bibliothek Database is a union catalog of the records of National Library of Germany, the Deutsche Bibliothek. The database includes the holdings of the Deutsche Bücherei Leipzig (founded in 1913), the Deutsche Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main (founded 1947), and the Deutsches Musikarchiv Berlin (since 1970).
Institutional and Organizational Websites
These are “free” sites that contain an astonishing amount of information
- German Studies Web
- Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German
- German Historical Institute
- Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
- Goethe-Institut San
- Lists of Title VI (Department of Education) funded European Research Centers, including the Center for German and European Studies at UC Berkeley
This is maintained by the Western European Studies Section of the Association
of College and Research Libraries (a section of the American Library Association).
Includes links to online literature collections, European historical “documents,” and indexes and guides to Western European periodicals.
Includes links to digital texts and images, including a list of online projects
Contains links to digital projects in the social sciences and humanities supported by the organization
A more user-friendly list is available via the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen.
Full-text searchable databases
These are generally very expensive products paid by UCSD in coordination with UC-wide funding and licensing assistance from the California Digital Library.
- Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker (DBDK)
- PCI (Periodicals Contents Index) Full Text
Full-text access to entries contained in standard German-language encyclopedias (including Duden and Brockhaus) and reference works in the areas of film, art, music, theater, and literature.
Based at the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, this project’s goal is to provide online full-text access to core German-language journal titles by discipline, back to the first volume. It is similar to the English-language project JSTOR.
Note: There appears to be little actual content available. In reality, the United States is as yet unable to gain access to the entire database. Contractual and financial details are being worked out now, and we should have access to the database later in the year.
The Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker is highly regarded both in Germany and throughout the world as the premier collection of literary and non-literary German writing. The texts included in the Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker span eleven centuries and range from early German writing to the works of major authors of the Nineteenth Century. Works include literary, historical, political, philosophical and theological texts. The Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker gives users the ability to cross-search a great collection and opens up significant new possibilities for research in German literature, language and thought.
1770-1995. An archive indexing nearly 14 million articles from over 4000
North American and European journals in the arts, humanities and social
sciences. About 10 percent of those articles also include full page images
from 259 journals. PCI Full Text covers the humanities and social sciences
in 37 key subject areas. PCI covers 40 languages and dialects and. PCI
Full Text will become increasingly international in scope with the inclusion
of additional foreign-language titles, of value to both customers in English-speaking
countries and internationally.
European Studies Librarian
Social Sciences & Humanities Library
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, 0175R
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Phone (858) 534-6443
Fax (858) 534-7548