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German Language & Literature: Subject Guide: Books & e-books

Resources for your German language and literature research in the Smith Library Center and on the Web

Searching Voyager

The SLC's Voyager Catalog is the place to identify the library's books, e-books, CDs, DVDs, and more. Here are some effective ways to search for books on German language and literature. Selecting the Advanced Keyword search tab in Voyager will allow you to limit your search results to materials in German.

The catalog's default search setting is a basic keyword search. If this returns too many results, try a Subject Keyword search. A Subject Keyword search looks only at the subject headings, which are more specific and accurate than a regular keyword search.

You can then search by author name, book or artwork title, subject, or anything else! Remember to put last name, then first name when searching for authors or books about people.

You can also browse the subject headings themselves. Good places to start  are "German Language" or "German Literature" and follow the links to related headings.

In a subject heading search, your results will be books about works of literature or authors, not the works themselves. For example, a subject heading search for "Rilke, Rainer Maria" will include biographies or criticism on his poetry and biographies, not books of his poetry.

Browsing the Shelves

If you want to browse the shelves, books covering German language, literature, history, and culture can be found in several areas of the library. Here are some  breakdowns by Dewey Decimal numbers and location:

Second Floor of the SLC

  • Language (grammar, etymology, usage, etc.) - 430-38

Third Floor of the SLC

  • Literature, German - 830-38
  • Geography & Travel, Europe - 914
  • History, Germany & central Europe - 943

Free e-books

E-book collections in the SLC

The library provides the campus access to over 40,000 e-books that can be read on any computer with Internet access. E-Books are from two collections that can be searched from the links below. All titles are also listed individually in the WorldCat Local online catalog. To search across all titles at once, search WorldCat Local for your subject, author, or title and limit your search to E-Book Collection.