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German Language and Literature

ALICE Catalog, OhioLINK Catalog, and WorldCat

1. Start here: ALICE Library Catalog...

  • Includes: books, videos, magazine, journal, and newspaper titles, from ALL Ohio University campus libraries.
  • Does not include: individual articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers.
  • Look for Location, Call Number, and Status. AVAILABLE means it should be on the shelf, or readable online.

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Call Numbers

The call number ranges below are mostly on the 7th floor of Alden Library. Reference books (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.) are on the 2nd floor.

Germanic Languages

PD1-780   General
PD1001-1350   Old Germanic dialects
PD1101-1211     Gothic
PF1-5999 West Germanic
    PF1-979   Dutch
    PF1001-1184   Flemish
    PF1401-1541   Friesian
    PF3001-5999   German
        PF3801-3991     Old High German
        PF3992-4010     Old Saxon
        PF4043-(4350)     Middle High German
        PF(4501)-(4596)     Early Modern German
        PF5000-5951     Dialects. Provincialism, etc.
        PF5971-5999     Slang. Argot, etc.

Finding Books in German

If you want to search ALICE for books written in German, you can use one of the Advanced Search options in ALICE's Keyword search:
  1. Start at the Keyword search screen in ALICE
  2. Enter one or more words in the search box(es)
  3. Click on Show/Hide Advanced Options
  4. At the Language option, choose German
  5. Click on the Search button
If you want to find everything in ALICE in German, enter an asterisk ( ) in the search box instead of words, then proceed with the rest of the procedure outlined above. This search will find all German language books, movies, periodicals, etc. in ALICE.

German Literature

n the table below, note that the call number ranges for individual authors, beginning with PT1501, are done according to time period. Within each time period, works by individual authors and about their works are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.

PT1-80   Literary history and criticism
PT83-(873)   History of German literature
PT175-230     Medieval
PT236-405     Modern
PT500-597     Poetry
PT605-709     Drama
PT711-871     Prose
PT(881)-(951)   Folk literature
PT923-937     Faust legend
PT1100-1479   Collections
PT1100-1141     General
PT1151-1241     Poetry
PT1251-1299     Drama
PT1301-1360     Prose
PT1371-(1374)     Early to 1950. Old and Middle High German
PT1375-1479     Middle High German
PT1501-2688   Individual authors or works
PT1501-1695     Middle High German, ca. 1050-1450/1500
PT1701-1797     1500-ca. 1700
PT1799-2592     1700-ca. 1860/70
PT1891-2239       Goethe
PT2600-2653     1860/70-1960
PT2660-2688     1961-2000
PT2700-2728     2001-
PT3701-3971   Provincial, local, colonial, etc.
PT3701-3746     East Germany
PT4801-4897   Low German literature