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Overview of German language and literature

Use this guide to perform background research to refine a research topic, confirm terminology, and get a general understanding before finding books and articles to support a research project.

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  • Bilingual Dictionaries from Oxford Reference Online

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    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia

    Bilingual Dictionaries from Oxford Reference Online

    Search or browse across 26 bilingual dictionaries for French, German, German, Irish, Italian, Latin, Spanish, and Welsh.  

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  • Perseus Digital Library

    This resource is freely accessible

    Perseus Digital Library

    Perseus Digital Library covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world, plus Arabic materials, Germanic materials, 19th-century America, the Renaissance, and Civil War issues of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It collects texts, images, datasets and other primary materials. The database assembles and structures encyclopedias, maps, grammars, dictionaries and other reference works. 850,000 reference articles provide background on 450,000 people, places, organizations, dictionary definitions, grammatical functions and other topics.

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