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.


Encyclopedia Britannica*

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy*
(the most detailed encyclopedia of philosophy and allied subjects — regularly updated & fully searchable — articles written by leading specialists)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
(excellent encyclopedia of philosophy)

Dictionary of Literary Biography*

Grove Dictionary of Art*
(solid scholarly articles written by professional art historians — covers artists, architects, places, regions, countries, styles, genres, epochs, movements, motifs, and concepts — detailed bibliographical references — includes the Bridgman online image library)

Grove Dictionary of Music*

Dictionary of the History of Ideas

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas*

German and European Politics and Public Policy
(set of online encyclopedias hosted by the German Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung — particularly useful for the study of post-1945 Germany)

(everything you ever wanted to know about the "Age of Goethe," 1749-1832 — topics, projects, databases, images, current research projects, etc. — hosted by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich)

Johann Heinrich Zedler's Universal-Lexicon (1732-54)
(full-text digital access to the largest and most comprehensive encyclopedia of the eighteenth century — 68,000 pages in 68 folio volumes, 33 different disciplines, more than 288,000 entries — exceeding by far Diderot's and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie)

Meyers Konversationslexikon (1888-89)
(older edition, but still very useful — all entries in German)

Deutsche Geschichten
(multi-media history of modern Germany, 1890 to the present)

AEIOU - Österreich Lexikon
(an encyclopedia on all things Austrian, sponsored by the Austrian Ministry of Science)

Bautz’s Bio-bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon

(emphasis on theologians and religious figures, but includes many philosophers, social scientists, literary writers, artists, and politicians — also includes bibliographical references)

The 1911 Encyclopedia

Resources for Research in the History of Science
(encyclopedic overview of many valuable resources in the history and philosophy of science and technology — hosted by Jan Golinski at the University of New Hampshire)

(allows parallel searches in standard German reference titles — covers most areas — includes Brockhaus, Kindler Literatur Lexikon, etc. — detailed entries need to be purchased online)