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German 321: Introduction to German Literature: Finding Library Resources

Finding Background Information

These sources are useful for finding useful biographical, historical, and theoretical background to help you put more specific books and articles in context.

Other Books

You can identify books not available in Boatwright by using WorldCat.  the books can usually borrwed through the interlibrary loan system.

Finding Books and Articles

The first place to check for books on your topic is the Library Catalog.  Here are some quick tips for effective catalog searches:
If you are looking for books by a writer, use the Author search.
If you want books about an author, use the Subject Heading search.
Here are some other useful subject searches:
Realism in literature.
Germany > Intellectual life > 19th century.
German literature > 19th century > History and criticism.

Remember that if the full text of an article you want to read is not available in the database you are searching, you should use Journal Titles   to learn whether we have access and by what means (another database, the publisher's web site, or the print collection in Boatwright).