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German Studies & Carolina-Duke Program in German Studies: Getting Started

Resource Guide for Duke and UNC libraries

Welcome to the Carolina-Duke Program in German Studies

This guide is an introduction to the rich library resources environment for German Studies at Duke University Libraries and UNC University Libraries. The guide presents a selection of standard works and databases for first year graduate students, and lists contact information for help with library related inquiries for graduate student research.

  3. CATALOGS for Books a list of local catalogs, union catalogs, international catalogs, and resources for finding online texts
  4. DATABASES FOR ARTICLES: an introduction to databases that provide citations, abstracts and full-text articles in scholarly publications about Germanic literatures
  5. ENCYCLOPEDIAS, Dictionaries and Handbooks: a list of standard reference works for German Studies
  6. LITERARY HISTORY: a list of literary histories for German Studies for all periods
  7. REVIEWS OF BOOKS: resources for finding reviews of scholarly publications and secondary literature
  8. HUMANITIES JOURNALS: a list of selected general humanities journals
  9. GERMAN STUDIES JOURNALS: a list of selected German Studies journals
  10. PRIMARY TEXTS & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: starting points on the Internet and in subscription databases
  13. MORE HELP: includes some examples of how a librarian can help with your literature search and with getting copies of hard to locate materials

At this time, all URLs point to Duke holdings, the symbol "*" behind a link means that you will be asked to login with your Duke ID and password. A mirror site with UNC specific holdings information is under construction. Grammar resources and Redemittel are available at German Conversation Practice. For readings in Digital Humanities click here.

Introductions to German Studies and Research in Literature

Portale zu Vergangenheit und Zukunft - Bibliotheken in Deutschland

Jürgen Seefeldt und Ludger Syré 
Portale zu Vergangenheit und Zukunft - Bibliotheken in Deutschland. Im Auftrag von Bibliothek und Information Deutschland e.V. (BID) herausgegeben. Mit einem vorwort von Claudia Lux. 4. überarb. Aufl. Hildesheim: Olms Verlag, 2011.

Frankfurt Bookfair for Librarians 2008 Snapshot

An Illustrated Perspective. Analyzing German History through the Graphic Novel Medium.

An Illustrated Perspective. Analyzing German History through the Graphic Novel Medium.
An exhibit designed by students in the course Graphic Novels (GERMAN 338), offered by Professor Corinna Kahnke in the spring of 2015.

The new student exhibit near the International Reading Room in Bostock Library explores German history through the medium of the German graphic novel. The exhibit was designed and curated by Jeremy Clift, Cecile Franke, Zhan Wu, Morgan Daly, Benjamin Spilsbury, and Elizabeth Nadler, students in a course taught by Professor Kahnke, in collaboration with Matt Hambro (German Studies graduate student), Dr. Heidi Madden (Duke University Libraries), and Elizabeth Dunn (Rubenstein). Faculty, students, and librarians gratefully acknowledge the support from the graduate school in the form of a Paletz grant.

The exhibit opening was celebrated with a talk by Professor Lynn Kutch (Kutztown University) entitled: “Thinking Outside the Panel: German Comics History.” The text of the presentation is available as PDF download

The exhibit highlights the history of the German Comic and Graphic Novel over the past two hundred years in image and text. Materials include scans from rare books, illustrated magazines and newspapers held at the Rubenstein Library, as well books from the library’s German comics and graphic novels collection. All materials are accompanied by student research in German and English. A (very) Brief History of German Comics, which frames the exhibit, is available as a PDF download.

The exhibit will be up until May 25, 2015; for questions and comments, contact Professor Corinna Kahnke:, or Dr. Heidi Madden:


Heidi Madden
234 Bostock
Website / Blog Page

TRLN Librarians

Heidi Madden, PhD
Duke University,  234 Bostock

Libby Chenault, PhD
University of North Carolina, Davis Library

Duke and UNC are part of the Triangle Research Libraries Network. The goals of the TRLN Cooperative Collection Development Program are to enhance the collections of member libraries and provide better service to users by sharing access to specialized and expensive resources that do not need to be duplicated on individual campuses. By building interlocked collections that maximize the number of unique research titles, the four libraries have increased the breadth and depth of their collections in ways that would otherwise be physically and fiscally impossible, given the increasing number of titles published around the world each year and the rising costs of books, serials, and electronic resources.