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German Internet Resources

A collection of links to German and Germany-related internet resources, compiled by our experts.

 Union catalogues and databases

Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (BDSL)
The Bibliography of German language and literature is here available as BDSL online, and contains records to about 300,000 titles (primary and secondary sources).

e-journals in German, Dutch and Scandinavian Studies
from the list of e-journals at Regensburg University

IBZ Online (Internationale Bibliographie der geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften)
The International Bibliography of Periodical Literature of Humanities and Social Sciences Journals (IBZ) offers records from mainly European publications. The coverage is 1983 onwards

The Kalliope database is the continuation of the Zentralkartei der Autographen (ZKA). It contains records to more than 1.3 million autographs from more than 300 institutions in Germany.

Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog
Unified search interface to library co-operatives in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland, the Library of Congress and national library catalogues, COPAC, and books in print services

Zeitschriftendatenbank Katalog
This union-catalogue of serials (Zeitschriftendatenbank) covers more than 4000 libraries and archives in Austria and Germany, and is useful for tracking down holdings of journals in institutions of these two countries

Zentrale Datenbank Nachlässe
The ZDN lists estates in German institutions, with collection level descriptions.

 Lists of libraries and library catalogues

Deutsche Bibliotheken Online
(Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Alphabetical list by city

Online-Kataloge und Internet-Dienste von Bibliotheken
(Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg)
Excellent listing with links to libraries, their catalogues, library co-operatives, and regional catalogues; geographical arrangement

Sammlung Deutscher Drucke 
Collection of printed literature published in German speaking countries

WEBIS - Sammelschwerpunkte an deutschen Bibliotheken
Libraries participating in the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft's special collections system

 Major libraries and research institutes in the United Kingdom

German Historical Institute, London

Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham

The London Library

Wiener Library, London

 Major libraries and research institutes in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Die Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel

Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek

Sächsische Landesbibliothek / Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden

Schiller-Nationalmuseum / Deutsches Literaturarchiv

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek

Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt

Württembergische Landesbibliothek

 German books in print (formerly: Buch + Medien Online)
Provides access to the Verzeichnis lieferbarer Bücher and links to publishers on the Web

 German search engines

Externe Kataloge und Suchmaschinen
(Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim)
Links to German-language search engines

German "meta search engine" which searches several German-language search engines simultaneously

 German studies web pages

German Studies Library Group
Includes many links to libraries, bibliographies and book trade and related Web pages

German Studies Web
(Association of College and Research Libraries, Western European Specialists Section)
Includes many links to other German studies Web pages, selected German subject resources, search engines, reference sources, libraries, newspapers, etc.

German Studies - Intute
Intute is a free online service providing you with a gateway and directory to German web resources for education and research, selected and evaluated by a network of subject specialists.

Germanistik im Internet, Die Erlanger Liste
(Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Institut für Germanistik) Includes many links to German subject resources, including reference sources, digital texts and electronic journals.

Germanistik im Netz. Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Germanistik
(administrated at Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main) very comprehensive site, sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

World-Wide Web Virtual Library: German Resources
Links to German subject resources

 Other useful and free e-resources

Austrian Literature Online (ALO)
ALO is a digital library with more than 13.000 documents from the 11. Century up to the present. Books, journals, newspapers, manuscripts, theses and scientific essays are available in digitized form or as eprint.

Deutsche Biographie
Consists of a full-text, online version of Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (1875-1912), and an index to the Neue Deutsche Biographie (1951-)

Deutsche Fotothek
Contains over digitised 980,000 photographs relating to Germany or taken by German photographers

Die Deutsche Gedichtebibliothek (Gesamtverzeichnis deutschsprachiger Gedichte)
Some poems also include hyperlinked-words which lead to other poems using these words.

LEO – English <-> German dictionary

Illuminierte Handschriften aus Österreich (ca. 780 - ca. 1250)
The web page focuses on illuminated manuscripts from Austria between c. 780 and c. 1250., and attempts to list all illuminations contained in a manuscript, giving details about the illuminations themselves. Even though it is only available in German, and has not been updated since 2003, it is a useful resource.

RAK Regelwerk
This classification scheme (the full title is: Regeln für die alphabetische Katalogisierung in Wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken RAK-WB) is widely-used in academic music libraries

The Regensburger Verbundklassifikation (RVK), is a classification scheme devised by the University library of Regensburg which is widely used in other German academic libraries

VD 16
Verzeichnis der im deutschen Sprachbereich erschienenen Drucke des XVI. Jahrhunderts (VD 16)

VD 17
Verzeichnis der im deutschen Sprachbereich erschienenen Drucke des XVII. Jahrhunderts (VD 17)


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