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German: Getting started

This guide will help you begin your research into German literature, film, history and culture.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe by Tischbein, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm (1751 - 1829), via Wikimedia Commons

Key Databases for Background Research

Key Reference Works

The reference books and online resources listed below can be very helpful in getting started with a research project. These works provide an overview of unfamiliar topics, introduce key words and concepts associated with your topic, and often direct you toward more in-depth research. Books with a REF call number can be found in the Reference section on the first floor of the library.

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Research Base Camp

Are you stuck? Whether you are at the beginning, middle or end of your research, Research Base Camp can help! These brief videos will provide you with key concepts in research and presentation skills. 

Understanding the Research Process  •  Searching  •  Using What You've Found  •  Citing Your Work  •  Presenting Your Research