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German Studies Collection

Jonas Barciauskas
German Studies Bibliographer

Collection Overview
The German Studies collection supports undergraduate study of German language, literature, culture and history of Germany, with additional support for research by faculty of the German Studies Department. The Department also offers a Business Track, and materials to support the teaching of business German are collected. The collection also includes English translations of German works. Books and journals published in German-speaking countries as well as the U.S. are collected. Research and study in German Studies relies heavily on materials from other subject collections e.g., History, Music, and Fine Arts.

Rapid advances in computer and networking technology have resulted in the acquisition of significant electronic resources, including electronic versions of familiar print indexes (e.g., MLA Bibliography) and digitized full-text editions of primary sources (e.g., Nietzsches Werke: Historisch-kritische Ausgabe: in Past Masters). The next area of major collection growth in electronic formats will be in electronic journals. The German Studies collection program will emphasize acquisition of digitized information and texts when possible because they vastly improve a researcher's ability to identify and access research resources. | View selected resources ยป

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Interdisciplinary Elements of Subject Area
While German studies emphasizes language and literature, its historical and cultural perspectives define it as an interdisciplinary program. Consequently, it intersects with music, fine arts, history, theology and philosophy among other subject areas.

Formats and Types of Materials
Formats collected include print, electronic, microform, and audiovisual. Types of materials include monographs, serials, and reference works including major indexes, abstracts, catalogs, bibliographies, yearbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, research guides, and directories.

German materials are collected in the original language. Translations of important literary works are collected in English as are monographs and serials. Germanic literary works in languages other than German are collected selectively in English translation.

Geographic Area Coverage
The emphasis in the German Studies collection is on German-speaking Europe, including expatriate writers. Many of the critical works, in addition to originating there, also originate in the UK and the US.