Library Resources for German

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Subject Librarian Jeffrey Shane

Subject Librarian Jeffrey Shane

The Subject Librarian for Modern Languages is Jeffrey Shane. Don’t hesitate to contact him for assistance in finding information on your research topic.

He has written a Subject Guide to German Language and Literature that is on the library’s website. The items listed below are a small selection from that guide. Follow the link above for many more resources about German language and literature.

Please note: some of the resources listed below are available to members of Ohio University only. Off-campus users will be asked to log in and identify themselves as a part of Ohio University in order to access them.

General Library Tools

German Language


german dictionaryThe call number range for German dictionaries and other language books begins at PF3001. There are many non-circulating dictionaries in the Reference Collection on the 2nd floor of Alden Library. For volumes which you can check out, try the same call number area on the 7th floor.

We have many additional dictionaries. Here are links to listings in ALICE:


WordReference Online Dictionary

For German grammar books, try these titles from ALICE

ther Language Learning Books

The links below will lead you to other kinds of books, listed in ALICE, that on various aspects of learning German:

German Literature


Literary Criticism: Journal Citation Databases

The MLA International Bibliography is the major database for modern languages and literature.

ArticlesPlus is a single search box for well over 100 different databases, including the MLA Bibliography (above), Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Humanities International Complete, and many other sources that are relevant for the study of language and literature.

Literary Criticism: Full-Text Sources

Though not as comprehensive as the MLA International Bibliography (on left), these sources will often help you get a good start at finding literary criticism–and they always have full text!


German Videos and Media


Alden Library has more than 500 movies in German. This link will take you to a list of them in alphabetical order. Find more German video and audio on the Video and Audio page of the German subject guide.

In order to find links to German-language media (newspapers, radio, and TV), go to this page in the German Language and Literature Research Guide.