The University of Cambridge currently has free trial access to Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon Online (Dictionary of German Literature Online). This is hosted on De Gruyter Online.
The publisher website states:
“This database makes the most well-known, comprehensive, and reliable reference works on German literature available for the first time online: The Encyclopedia of German Literature and its supplemental series, The Encyclopedia of German Literature: The 20th Century and the Encyclopedia of German Literature: The Middle Ages. Spanning an extended time scale from the early Middle Ages to the recent present, the database is unique for its comprehensive scope, featuring articles on German-language authors from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and other European countries. In addition to profiling the lives and works of literary figures, the database also contains extensive reference information on research publications. The volumes on the Middle Ages cover German-language literature from the 8th to the 15th centuries, and are systematically organized by genre and topic area”
The database currently contains around 70,000 articles and will be updated regularly.
- easy access to the most comprehensive bio-bibliographical reference work on German-language authors
- a query function and a strong search engine provide the option to search the whole encyclopedia by 9 different search criteria
- additional bibliographical data on the latest research from Germanistik Online
- external links to relevant databases such as Deutsche Biographische Encyclopädie (DBE), Deutsche Biographie Online (ADB/NDB), and Theologische Realenzyklopädie (TRE)
- abbreviations are resolved via mouse-over
- non-restrictive DRM – allows for an unlimited number of simultaneous users
- on and off-campus access (via Raven login)
This trial access will remain until the end of December 2017, so please do take the opportunity to explore the content and the database functionality and pass on any feedback to the ebooks@cambridge team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image credit; Artist Kate Greenaway for Robert Browning’s “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” Public Domain.