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German Studies



Miriam Heise

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Library Holdings and Acquisitions

Due to the age of the institute, the holdings relating to German studies are very extensive and include both printed and electronic literature next to a considerable collection of important novels. The current collection foci are aligned with the prevailing profile of university teaching and research, and the aim is to continually expand access to electronic content.

Finding and Using

The literary holdings of the subject German Studies are mainly located in the Branch Library Steintor-Campus and completely electronically indexed.

Individual Classification

Books acquired up to 2014 are shelved according to an individual classification system.


Books acquired from 2015 onwards are shelved according to the Regensburger Verbundsklassifikation (RVK).

Collection of Subject-Relevant Links

Specialised Information Service

The specialised information service for the subject of German Studies, Germanistik im Netz (GiN), comprehensively indexes primary and secondary literature on linguistics and literary studies and, in addition to providing the possibility of searching in various data sources, also offers an overview of new monthly publications.


Electronically available journals of the specific subject are indexed in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).


There are numerous specialized databases available for researching information. These are researchable via the Database Information System (DBIS).

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History and Profiling of the Subject

The Institute of German Studies dates back to the founding of the German Society at the university by the German studies researcher and lecturer Julius Zacher in the middle of the 19th century and today encompasses the subject in all its range and diversity. In addition to teaching programmes, this also includes research into German language history, literary studies, comparative literature, modern media linguistics and German as a foreign language.