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German Culture and Thought

A guide for researchers at all levels of German culture and thought.

Where is the Full Text?

For a step-by-step explanation of how to get an article you've found in a database, see this guide.


The primary database for conducting research on literature and related areas is the MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB). It indexes books, articles, and websites on literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), folklore, and the history of printing and publishing. Book reviews are not included. 

OU subscribes to the MLAIB through EBSCO, so the interface may look familiar to you. However, the database has certain unique features.

  • Search indexes such as genre, literary technique, literature topic, primary subject author, and primary subject work.
  • Build your search using the database's Thesaurus.
  • Use the Names as Subjects feature when you're not sure how to spell a name or whether to use a pseudonym.
  • It is generally better to do your keyword searches in English, even if you want results in French. For example, a keyword search for Le Clézio AND identity produced 16 results, including articles in French, German, Spanish, and Chinese.

The Modern Language Association has created several tutorials to help you use the bibliography.‚Äč

Databases for Finding Articles and other Resources

Databases contain citations and/or full text access to journal articles, book chapters, etc., whether available at OU or not. There is no single database covering the broad area of German Culture and Thought, and you should be prepared to search more than one.