Resources for German 4550
Senior Seminar: Literature and Poverty
Finding Literary Sources
in the CU Libraries | Finding
Literary Sources in Library Databases | Literary
Research Resources in Paper | Selected Quality
Web Resources | Finding and Obtaining Materials
from Other Libraries
Sources in the CU Libraries
There are many literary sources available in the CU Libraries,
including original literary works, edited editions of authors' works,
literary biography and criticism, and bibliographies.
You can locate relevant items in the Libraries by searching in
library catalog. There are several ways to search CHINOOK effectively
for literary sources on a given topic or author:
- To find material on a certain topic, start with a WORD
search on the topic, thinking of synonyms for your search
terms (cf. search strategy process worksheet).
- In WORD search, CHINOOK searches word strings as phrases,
so you need to put "and" between your search terms.
(e.g., Berlin Wall and metaphor).
- Note that the WORD search is very flexible, allowing you
to search words anywhere in a record and limit by language,
library location, material type, and year or range of years.
- Once you have found a useful item on your topic,
take note of the terms listed under "Subject" in
the item's full CHINOOK record. Click on subject links to
find related materials.
- Use subject headings to your advantage. Do a search mixing and
matching the headings below and those you have discovered browsing
- German poetry
- German literature
- 19th century
- 20th century
- history and criticism
- Mann, Thomas
- Rilke, Rainer Maria
- criticism and interpretation
- To find a listing of works written by a certain author, do an
AUTHOR search (last name, first name). To find
editions of a specific work by an author, use the AUTHOR/TITLE
- To find an author's collected works, do a WORD search incorporating
the author's name, works or Werke, and genre (if desired).
Sources in Library Databases
Modern Language Association Bibliography
(MLA) - Index to international critical journal
literature and books on literature, languages, linguistics, and
folklore (coverage 1963- ).
Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur aus allen Gebieten des
Wissens (IBZ) - An international,
multilingual, and interdisciplinary bibliography indexing over
8,700 periodicals primarily in the arts, humanities, and social
sciences (1983- ). Once in, select Bibliographies of K.G. Saur
and IBZ. For material before 1983, see the IBZ in paper, below.
Abstracts - Covers 400 periodicals in archaeology,
art, classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music,
the performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history, and
world literature (1984- ).
- Periodicals Contents
Index - Index to over 10 million articles in more
than 3,100 humanities and social science journals, from their
first issues through 1991, including many literature-related
journals. Covers many older journals not indexed electronically
- Contains citations to over 2 million papers presented
at worldwide meetings, conferences, expositions, workshops, congresses,
and symposia (1993- ).
Authors - A full-text biobibliographical guide to
over 100,000 currently active and recently deceased prominent
writers in all media. You can switch between this database and
the following using tabs on the search screen.
Literary Criticism - A full-text database of biographical
essays and selections from significant published criticism on
the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers,
and other creative writers now living or who have died since 1960.
You can switch between this database and the previous using tabs
on the search screen.
Index - A cumulative index to biographical material
in English-language periodicals and books (1984- ). You may also
want to try Biography
& Genealogy Master Index, a consolidated index
to more than 12 million biographical articles. See also Internationaler
Biographischer Index, below.
Once you have located materials of interest,
if they are not full-text make sure to take down all the citation
information. You can print and/or email the citations and
abstracts to yourself from most of the databases. Using this information,
you will need to search for the source -- periodical title (for
articles) or book title (for books and book chapters) -- in CHINOOK
to see if the CU Libraries hold it. If so, pay close attention to
where the item is located -- in the stacks, Media Center, PASCAL,
Periodical Room, etc. -- and in the case of periodicals, whether
we have the issue you need.
If you are not finding sources in these
databases, take a look at some of the others the Libraries has available.
On the E-Resources
, you will find our resources broken down into subject
areas, including History, Ethnic & Interdisciplinary, etc.
Resources in Paper
- Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Weinheim: Zweiburgen,
1965 (Reference Dept. Stacks PN41 .K5 1984).
- Grimms deutsches Wörterbuch. Leipzig:
Hirzel, 1854- (Reference Dept. Stacks PF3625 .G7); see also
online version, below.
- Internationale Bibliographie der
Zeitschriftenliteratur aus aller Gebiete des Wissens.
Osnabrück: Dietrich, 1963- (Reference Dept. Index Shelves
AI1 .I57) - International, multilingual, and interdisciplinary
bibliography indexing over 8,700 periodicals primarily in the
arts, humanities, and social sciences; continued by entry below.
- Bibliographie der deutschen Zeitschriften-literatur.
Leipzig : Fr. Andra's Nachfolger, 1896-1964 (Reference Dept.
Index Shelves AI9 .B5).
- Other Research Resources
Available in Norlin Library
Quality Web Resources
and Obtaining Materials from Other Libraries
If an item is not held by the CU Libraries, there
various sources of Interlibrary Loan available to obtain
Books and Microforms
- If you have searched CHINOOK and an item is not
located in the Libraries, click on the green Prospector
button in the upper right-hand corner of the CHINOOK search
screen. This action will rerun your search in the catalogs
of 16 academic, public, and special libraries in Colorado
and Wyoming. If the item is found, you can order it online
through Prospector. You should allow a few days
to receive the material.
- If you cannot find an item in Prospector, search
WorldCat. It is the closest thing we have to a national
union catalog, and it contains records for diverse materials,
including books, microforms, archival material, maps, and
visual material. It is a wonderful resource for discovering
new and obscure material on your topic. Please note, however,
that the decision to loan is up to the holding library,
and many will not loan unique and fragile materials.
You should allow three weeks to receive the material.
Finding Literary Sources in the CU Libraries
| Finding Literary Sources in Library Databases
| Literary Research Resources in Paper | Selected
Quality Web Resources | Finding and Obtaining
Materials from Other Libraries
Please send comments and suggestions to Thea
Lindquist, History and Germanic Language and Literature
Librarian, Norlin Library.