Study Abroad - Germany

Herborn Market Place in Germany. Flickr image by Werner Kunz. Available at guide will help you find books, videos, articles and websites for use in your travels to Germany. Use the tabs below to start searching for different types of materials.

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  1. Books and Videos
  2. Databases
  3. Websites

Many of the following books are available electronically. You will need a current library card to access books online. Please note that some books are available for one simultaneous user only. Titles of books available in print will include the call number.

Travel Guides

Art & Architecture

Culture & Politics

History & Geography


  • Academic Video Online
    Find hundreds of newsreel footage and documentaries on Germany. Subjects include culture, politics, history and current events. Refine your search results by limiting your results to, for example, discipline, subject and historical era. These limiters are located on the left side of page.
  • Ethnographic Video Online
  • Find hundreds of newsreel footage and documentaries on Germany. Subjects include culture, politics, history and current events.

  • Films on Demand
    Many films on Germany, primarily from the perspective of business, current and historical footage.

E-book Collections

E-books are published using a variety of platforms - some can be accessed using tablet readers.

Searching Collections:

These collections can be searched by using the keyword "Italy" for broad search results. Adding keywords such as, for example, "History" or "Culture" to your search will produce fewer results but these results will be more precise.

Many, but not all, books in these collections can also be located and accessed by searching in the Library's book catalog.

  • ebrary
  • Many e-books can be viewed from your computer or downloaded to your e-book reader. You need to create an account to download -books to your device.

  • EBSCO e-book collection
  • Find several e-books on Italy covering various subjects such as Culture and Society, History, Politics and Literature. NOTE: Books can be viewed by single page on a computer, or, can be downloaded to an -book reader. You'll be prompted to create an EBSCO account. The loan period for e-books is four hours. Books can be renewed after the initial loan period expires.

  • Humanities (ACLS) E-book Collection
  • This resource includes over 1500 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. Pages from this collection can be printed and emailed.

Databases - Best Bets

Below are databases covering Art, History and general topics. You can access these databases from the alphabetical listing of databases

  • Academic OneFile
  • Academic OneFile is great for both popular and peer-reviewed full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources, and is an excellent resource for general research.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Academic Search Complete provides both scholarly and popular journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study and is a great resource for general research.

  • Art and Architecture Complete
  • Excellent source for information on French artists, famous works of art by French artists and French art traditions.

  • Credo Reference
  • Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. The collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles from some of world's the best reference publishers.

  • CultureGrams
  • Culturegrams is a core reference resource on understanding the world's peoples through the documentation of the unique details of their customs, traditions, and daily life.

  • JSTOR is an archive of digitized journal articles ranging in date from the 1700's to the early 2000's. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.

  • Literature Resource Center
  • Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies and criticism of authors from every age and literary discipline. The Literature Resource Center covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.

  • Oxford Art Online
  • This resource includes the full-text of:
    Grove Art Online
    Oxford Companion to Western Art
    Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
    The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

  • Project Muse
  • Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

Websites - Guidebooks and Area Studies

  • Condé Nast Traveller – Germany
    Free travel information for Germany, organized by city and region. Includes information on hotels, restaurants, nightlife and cultural attractions.

  • Discover Potsdam
    The official tourism website of Potsdam. Offers a brief history of Potsdam and information on travel, sightseeing, and surrounding areas.

  • Dresden Tourism
    The official tourism website of Dresden. Offers information on travel, lodging, events, sightseeing, and the local culture.

  • Fodor’s Travel – Germany Travel Guide
    Organized by region and city, Fodor's Germany provides many useful tips for travelers in Germany. Essential German phrases for travelers, tips for eating and staying in Germany, and links to historical sites and top attractions are of note.

  • Frommer’s – Germany
    Frommer's offers several notable sections on its website, including a broad overview of Germany in the Introduction section as well as quick overviews of art and architecture, food, history, and cultural activities found in the In Depth section.

  • Frommer's Potsdam
    This online travel guide includes maps and information on transportation, local attractions, accommodations, and dining.

  • Lonely Planet - Dresden
    A great website that offers comprehensive information on local sites and activities, hotels, and transportation.

  • Lonely Planet – Germany
    Exceptionally useful website, check out the Things To Do section in particular. Many of the attractions are reviewed by the Lonely Planet staff in their irreverent but always good natured and engaging style.

  • Michelin – Germany Travel Guide
    General information on traveling in Germany - note the sections labeled "Useful Information" and "History and Culture" in center of page.

  • National Geographic – Germany
    Find facts, maps, photos and videos on Germany. NOTE - You will need to create an account to access all free content on this site.

  • NY Times – Germany Travel Coverage
    Articles, photos and video about Germany from The New York Times, including hotel, restaurant and attraction information with reader reviews and advice on where to stay, where to eat and what to do.

  • Rick Steves’ Europe – Germany
    Plenty of useful, free information from travel guide Rick Steves. This site contains tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Germany. Included are excerpts of Steves' Germany travel guide as well as photos, tips for planning trips, and travel information for specific cities and regions.

  • The Telegraph – Germany
    A good for travel advice, including where to stay, where to go, and how to get there! Includes individual city guides, for Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt.

  • Tourism in Germany – German National Tourist Board
    A good source of information for events and attractions, culture, and other travel information.

  • Yahoo Travel – Germany
    Directory arranged by "best for" categories and by city. Includes useful sections on restaurants and "What to Do" for each listed city. Provides user-written reviews.