German Studies

Subject Search

Broad navigation tools for your subject search

The following links are sorted according to their media types and may help you with the most important resources and their use for the search of German Studies.

Guide to literature search: German Studies  Guide_to_literature_search_German_Studies  What and where?

Specialized periodicals

Databases for periodicals: German Studies

The list shows you periodicals which belong to the subject group of German Studies and are documented in print or electronic form in the periodical database of the Branch Library for German and Scandinavian Studies. (Cf.Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek).

You may search the list of titles via "Erweiterte Suche" (extended search function) using your search terms within the given subject group and location mark.

Specialized databases

Database information system DBIS: Germanistik

With the help of DBIS you may receive an overview of specialized  databases which can be sorted according to their type (database of essays, full text, reference material ...) and modes of access (free web access, Humboldt University intranet). There is also the particular access URL for each database. The most important titles are compiled under 'top databases'.

Supra-regional library holdings

Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Germanistik GiN

The above mentioned subject portal was compiled by the library which is responsible for the special collection field in cooperation with other institutions. it Apart from offering them more information, it helps the reader to perform a detailed search for language, literature and culture items with the help of various resources like the catalogue for German Studies databases and internet sources. The meta search tool can be combined with the quick search function or used for selective search.

Online tutorial on information literacy

The online tutorial on information literacy will help you to acquire the necessary skills for an effective scientific work as well as how to use the different electronic resources:  E-Learning - Online-Kurs Informationskompetenz.



Jörg Plönzke
Subject Librarian


Phone: +49 30 2093-9781 /-5216
Fax: +49 30 2093-9784


Zweigbibliothek Germanistik
Dorotheenstraße 24
room 1.004
10117 Berlin


Personal consultation

on appointment, maximum of two persons at a time

Postal address

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

10099 Berlin

Subject at the HU

Institut für deutsche Literatur an der HU

Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik an der HU


Regional specialized libraries

Other libraries with considerable Romance collections and related subjects are:

  • The Berlin State Library - Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage:StaBiKat
  • The library at Freie Unversität, escpecially the philological library: FU-Katalog
  • the library of the the Centre of Genaral Language and Literature Studies with Romance holdings: ZAS-Bibliothek


    Subject News

    News on the subject and blogs can be retrieved at  the subject portal for German Studies on

    "Wer-Was-Wo" und "GiNFix": Internetquellen.

    'Deutscher Germanistenverband' is the scientific association for research on German Studies and it unites the two sections

    Gesellschaft für Hochschulgermanistik and Fachverband Deutsch.

    News of these platforms may be found on Tagungen und Termine (via H-Germanistik, Mediaevum, Clio-Online) and Themen.