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John M. Kelly Library Research Guides

German Studies

A research guide to help you find relevant books and articles as well as databases and web portals in the field of German Studies.

Biographical Resources

Provides a comprehensive survey of the history of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Covers more than 300 biographical reference materials that have been published up to 1999. Contains over 250,000 entries for 180,000 people.

English translation of the Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopädie. One of the most important biographical-historical reference resources.

Biographical dictionary of more than 1000 anonyms and pseudonyms. For historical pseudonyms, consult Deutsches Pseudonymen-Lexikon, for historical anonyms Deutsches Anonymen-Lexikon.

One of the most important biographical encyclopedias in Germany. Provides information about key people, from the early Medieval period to modern times.

The German version of Who's Who.

Encyclopedias

Deemed one of the most important German encyclopedias, with coverage of over one hundred worldwide fields of knowledge. Former editions also available.

Book Reviews

Bibliography of book reviews for German and international books published between 1900 and 1943 in German periodicals and serials.

The IBR contains over 1.2 million entries of book reviews from the years 1985ff. The database is international and interdisciplinary; reviews have been published in approx. 6,820 academic journals, mainly in the Humanities and Social Sciences. IBR is updated on a monthly basis, the annual addition to the database is approx. 50,000 entries. All articles contain German and English subject classifications. Print version covering the years 1971-2001 also available.

A Europe-wide, multi-language platform for reviews of historical literature. The reviews and publications on the platform focus on work published in Europe and featuring European topics. The platform’s navigational languages are English, German and French, while the reviews may be written in any European language.

Web Portals

This portal provides an overview of German libraries which are specielized in various subjects. Choose your subject to get further information.