Undergraduate German Resources
The following links have been selected over time for their usefulness to scholars and students. In many cases the links have been identified by students themselves; in others they have been deliberately chosen because of the direct relevance of sites to courses offered by the School.
Students are encouraged to advise the School of any new Internet sites which they find of special relevance to their studies, so that they may also be included in these lists for the benefit of all. To suggest a link contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Newspapers, Journals and Current Affairs
A comprehensive listing of the online versions of German newspapers and magazines.
The name suggests a regional newspaper, but it is held in high regard for its independent journalism. They have an English edition.
The major German weekly, is one of the leading shapers of informed public discourse.
German weekly news magazine. One of the leading shapers of opinion. Der Spiegel also has a free online archive for the last 52 issues of the magazine.
Excerpts from the print version of the monthly Konkret magazine, an institution of critical left journalism.
Online Dictionaries and Language
An online-lexicon which gives examples for the usage of any given word in German, English, French and Dutch. It does not provide explanations or translations, but it shows graphics depicting the occurrence of related words [I think]. In the words of the maintainers: ''Das Wortschatz-Lexikon stellt sich zum Ziel, den deutschen Wortschatz so vollständig wie möglich zur Verfügung zu stellen. Grundlage ist der gegenwärtig in maschinenlesbaren Quellen zur Verfügung stehende Text. Momentan enthält die Datenbank fast 5 Millionen Wortformen.''
Babel Fish Translation
A web-based machine translator. You can cut and paste text into it and it will do its job - surprisingly well, as long as the input does not get too complicated.
Interactive Terminology for Europe
The multilingual term bank of the European Commission.
The Goethe Institute
The website of the Goethe Institute. Lots of resources.
The German Academic Exchange Service website.
The German Academic Exchange Service is one of the world's largest and most respected intermediary organisations in its field. Scores of students, teachers, researchers and scientists supported by the DAAD have been able to gain valuable experience abroad. However, there are also many other sides to the work of the DAAD.
Willkommen beim VLB online Titelservice
German Books in Print (Verzeichnis lieferbarer Bücher). This page is operated by the German booksellers organisation.
An internet magazine in German, devoted to reviews of recent publications. Offers useful information (e.g. Bestseller listings) and subscriber services. This is an entrepreneurial project of the German Literature Department at the University of Marburg.
Johann Gutenberg’s Bible
On this site you will find the British Library’s two copies of Johann Gutenberg’s Bible, the first real book to be printed using the technique of printing which Gutenberg invented in the 1450s.
The Electronic Literature Directory
is a unique and valuable new resource for readers and writers of digital texts. Created and maintained by the Electronic Literature Organization, this searchable database provides the most comprehensive reference tool available for electronic literature. Try a search for texts written in German!
A useful and up-to-date collection of links for Germanists by Alan Ng at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It includes lists of scholarly journals and online research tools.
Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University
A link to the library catalogue of the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main.
This page allows searches in a variety of networked library catalogues, including Die Deutsche Bibliothek (for titles from 1980 onwards).
Fun and Games
The Sorrows of Young Werther
''Wetzlar, German, 1772. A young genius goes on vacation. He keeps his best friend posted..'' You can subscribe to receive letters from Young Werther. Of course he is a fictional letter-writing character by the eminent German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. This time round he writes in English.
Excerpts from the print version of the monthly magazine. This is political satire = serious fun.
Die Seite Mit der Maus
Practise your German in an environment designed for children! There are a lot of fun activities and cute images.