German Studies

Please note: Links marked with an asterisk (*) can only be accessed within the Rice network, or if your own institution subscribes to these sources, which is most likely if you are an academic visitor. Many of the following sources can, however, be accessed freely without subscription. While using any of these sources, please keep in mind U.S. and international laws on copyright and intellectual property.



(full-text access to scholarly journals published in English — searchable according to author, title, keywords, etc. — articles can be downloaded in high-quality PDF-format)

Project MUSE*
(full-text access to current issues of scholarly journals published in English — searchable according to author, title, keywords, etc. — articles can be downloaded in high-quality PDF-format, HTML-file or in Word format)

Online Journals available through Rice’s Fondren Library*
(covers virtually any field and any academic journal published in English — articles can be searched and downloaded in various formats — access restricted to faculty and students at Rice University)

Poiesis: Philosophy Online Journals*
(recent issues of philosophy journals in English)

(most comprehensive online collection of German academic journals — covers the entire modern period from the early 1800s to the present — growing collection)

Exilpresse Digital: Deutsche Exilzeitschriften, 1933-1945
(full-text access to journals and articles published by Germans and Austrians in exile)

Central and Eastern European Online Library
(full-text access to over 260 humanities and social science journals, electronic books and documents pertaining to Central and Eastern Europe)

Karl Kraus's Die Fackel
(full-text access to one of the most influential cultural journals of modernity — Die Fackel was published from 1899 to 1936 and provides as concise commentary on modern political culture, literature, art, and society — free access, but requires initial registration)

Zeitschriften der Aufklärung
(full-text access to a growing number of German Enlightenment journals, covering the period between 1750 and 1815 — provided by the University of Bielefeld in cooperation with the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)


Electronic Texts

Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker
(full-text access to the premier collection of German writing — covers the works of major authors since the Middle Ages — literary, historical and philosophical texts as well as writings in art history, theology, political thought — substantial background material, critical editions with commentary and endnotes — fully searchable)

Immanuel Kant, Akademie Ausgabe
(the most complete edition of Kant's writings, including correspondence, and indices — fully searchable — originally published by the Royal Prussian Academy of Science, now made available online by the University of Bonn)

Past Masters
(full-text access to philosophers in their original language — mostly English, German, and French — standard editions of texts)

(reference books and scholarly monographs that have been converted into digital format)

German History in Documents and Images
(excellent collection hosted by the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC)

Akustische Chronik
(excellent collection of images and audio files covering Austrian cultural history in the twentieth century — hosted by the Technical Museum Vienna, Austria)

Perseus Digital Library
(covering Greek and Latin texts by classical authors from early to late antiquity — most texts available in English translations — mirror server located at Oxford University if you are a European visitor)

Goethes Werke
(full-text access to the writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the Weimarer Edition — can be searched according to keywords)

Schillers Werke
(full-text access to the works of Friedrich Schiller in the edition of the Nationalausgabe)

Max Weber — Potsdamer Internet-Ausgabe
(selected writings by one of the most important social and political thinkers of modernity — based on an older, but still very useful print-edition)

Georg Simmel Online
(like Max Weber, one of the founders of modern sociology — access to all writings in German and to selected English translations — based largely on out-of-print editions) — Great Books Online
(full-text access, everything in English — covers mainly European and American literature and non-fiction classics — provides access to a decent set of reference works — includes Columbia Encyclopedia, Roget's Thesaurus, King James Bible, and Oxford Shakespeare)

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: Digital Library
(access to encyclopedias, dictionaries, manuscripts, and journals — rare book collection)

Karl Gutzkow
(growing digital edition of the complete works of Karl Gutzkow)

The Camelot Project
(Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, and information — University of Rochester)

German Scientific Texts, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin)
(mostly life sciences and physiology — mainly limited to the nineteenth century — texts cannot be searched, but downloaded as PDF-files)

Manuscripta Mediaevalia

Digitalized Prints and Autographs, University of Bielefeld
(limited but growing collection of some eighteenth-century material)

Verfassungen der Welt
(present and historical constitutional documents — special emphasis on Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the European Union — also covers international conventions and a selection of non-European constitutional documents)

Digital Library, Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History
(full-text access to important books, academic journals, and documents concerned with the history of public and constitutional law)

Legal Theory and Public Law in Nineteenth-Century Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
(specialist collection of more than 4,000 volumes published between 1800 and 1900 — hosted by the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History)

Political Speeches from the Weimar Republic
(read and listen to political speeches given by some of the most important German politicians between 1918 and 1933)

Internet Medieval Sourcebook
(magnificent collection of sources, text, images, maps, films, music — hosted by Fordham University)

Modern History Sourcebook
(central sources covering modern history fron the Reformation to the 21st century — full text access — also hosted by Fordham)

Ancient History Sourcebook
(follows the same principle and arrangement as the above)

Bibliotheca Germanica
(full-text access to many German authors, philosophers and social scientists — in German)

Nineteenth-Century German Stories
(full-text access with German/English translations)

Bibliotheca Polonica
(full-text access to many Polish authors)

Virtual Library of Polish Literature
(UNESCO-sponsored project)

Marxist/Socialist Writers, 1820-2000
(full-text access to the main writings of Gramsci, Bebel, Kautsky, Liebknecht, Luxemburg, Mehring, etc.)

Marx and Engels, Collected Works and Letters
(full-text access — can be searched for keywords — some texts can be downloaded — mainly follows the standard edition, but includes images)

Compact Memory – Internetarchiv jüdischer Periodika
(online library of important German-Jewish periodicals — covers 18th-20th century — full-text access — keyword searches possible — files can be downloaded as images)