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German Language and Literature

Language and Spelling Variations

One of the challenges in doing research on topics relating to German language and literature is the fact that you may need to use search terms in both English and German. Here are a couple of examples to illustrate this principle:

  • literatur or literature
  • bavarian or bayerische

This is where it will really help to use the Boolean connector OR to group sets of words. Combining OR with AND in searches can maximize both the focus and the quality of your search results. Our Search Strategy Builder tool (below) will help you set up a good search which you can "plug in" to ALICE, article databases, or other online sources.