GER 3104W: Reading and Analysis of German Literature

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Research Strategies

  1. Use Background Information and Reference resource to find background information on your author and/or the author's work. Generally, these aren't cited in research papers. But these background/reference resources can lead you to references to scholarly articles and books. 
  2. Find scholarly article using the Databases for Scholarly Articles. Many of these will give you the option to limit results to peer-reviewed sources.
  3. Find books using Libraries Search. Use the limits on the right to limit to "books" or if you just want eBooks "books" and "online". See Tips for Using Libraries Search and Catalog

Background Information and Reference



Useful Books on German Literature

Tips for Using Libraries Search and Catalog

Libraries Search will search many article databases, the UMN Library Catalog and other resources. But it doesn't search everything. You may want to search subject specific article databases to find more articles and for more search options. 

To limit by language, format, or subject, use the limits on the right after performing a search in Libraries Search

You don't need to include umlauts. "Heinrich Boll" will bring up "Heinrich Böll".

For general criticism on an author, search using the author's first and last name and the term "criticism" as a SUBJECT. For example: christa wolf criticism

For criticism on a particular work, search using the author's first and last name and workds from the original title as a SUBJECT. For example, to find books on Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, I would search thomas mann tod in venedig

Databases for Scholarly Articles

Click "view online," "PDF," or the  button to connect to the full text if we have it. The   will also indicate whether a print copy is held in the Libraries. If not available, request the item via Interlibrary Loan

Language Dictionaries & Reference

Citing your sources (e.g. MLA, APA, etc.)

Many article databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier, Google Scholar) will create a citation for you. After you found the item, look for "cite" or "quotes." Here are examples:

In Google Scholar:

Click the "quote" below the item in Google Scholar.

In Academic Search Premier: 

Click cite in Academic Search Premier.


Learn more about on annotated bibliographies 

Annotated Bibliography from UW-Madison

An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources, each of which is followed by a brief note or “annotation.”

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