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Resources for German 3502
Seminar: Literature in the Age of Goethe


Tips for Conducting Effective Library Research

1. Before you start your search, break your topic down into several discrete concepts/search terms. Databases, including the library catalog, will be able to retrieve more relevant materials this way. For more flexible searching, think of various ways to express these search terms -- synonyms, broader terms, and narrower terms. This is particularly important for searching in full-text primary source databases. The Search Strategy Process Worksheet can be quite helpful in this process.

2. Then, think about what kind of information resources you need and select appropriate indexes and databases in which to search for material. This step is crucial to efficient identification of quality sources -- both primary and secondary -- for your research.

Finding Primary and Secondary Literature in the CU Libraries Catalog

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 the CHINOOK 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

  • 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 WORD search is very flexible, allowing you to search for words or phrases anywhere in a record and to limit by language, library location, material type, and year or range of years.
Once you have found a useful item on your topic, look at the full record and take note of the terms listed under "Subject." Click on subject links to find related materials and browse related categories.

Use subject headings to your advantage. Do a search mixing and matching the headings below and those you have discovered browsing records:
    • Bildungsromans
    • Romanticism -- German
    • German literature -- 19th century
    • history and criticism
    • criticism and interpretation
    • bibliography
    • biobibliography
    • Novalis
    • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
    • Kleist, Heinrich von
    • Schlegel, Friedrich von

    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 search. To find an author's collected works, do a WORD search incorporating the author's name, works or Werke, and genre (if desired).

Finding Secondary Literature in Library Databases

This is only a selection of databases that are available for your research. If you are not finding relevant sources in these or need more material, be sure to check out other databases on the Find Articles & Databases: Foreign Literature and other subject pages like Biography, Philosophy, and English & American Literature.

Published by the Modern Language Association. Index to articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from several thousand journals and series published worldwide. Also covers relevant monographs, working papers, proceedings, and bibliographies. Includes the MLA Directory of Periodicals. Coverage: 1963 - present. CU

ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature)
Contains over 783,000 records covering monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, collections of essays and doctoral dissertations published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards. All aspects and periods of English literature are covered, from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. British, American and Commonwealth writing are all represented. Coverage: 1920 - present. CU

Humanities Abstracts/Full Text
Abstracts and some full text covering diverse subject areas of the humanities. Coverage: Abstracts from 1985 to the present; full text from 1995 to the present. CU


Essay and General Literature Index
Cites essays and articles contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. CU

Expanded Academic ASAP
Access to scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers across all academic disciplines.
Coverage: 1980 - present. CU

Academic Search Premier
Provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. CU

Contemporary Authors
Biographical details on approximately 112,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists, and scriptwriters. More information on the influence of German Romantic authors than on the authors themselves. CU

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select
Collections of excerpted critical essays and reviews selected from the hardbound reference set Contemporary Literary Criticism (PN86 .C6 Reference Stacks). These are only excerpts and represent only a portion of the criticism available on authors or their work. More information on the influence of German Romantic authors than on the authors themselves. CU

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 or the E-Journal Finder to see if the CU Libraries hold it. If so, pay close attention to where the item is located -- in the stacks, Media, PASCALCALCAL, Periodical Room, etc. -- and in the case of periodicals, whether we have the issue you need.

Finding and Obtaining Materials from Other Libraries

If an item is not held by the CU Libraries, there are various ways you can obtain it through Interlibrary Loan.

Books and Microforms


If you have searched CHINOOK and a book or microform is not located in the Libraries, click on the 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 or archive, and many will not loan unique and fragile materials. You should allow three weeks to receive the material.



You can initiate requests for articles as well as other materials by submitting them through ILLiad. You should allow three weeks to receive the material.

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