When you start looking for a source that is not available in your College or University library, you have several other options. You can look for it:
- in other libraries, archives or cultural institutions in the UK. For this consult our German resources in the UK.
- Or you can search libraries, archives and cultural institutions in Germany. For this consult our German resources in Germany.
- Or you can look for it in German collections outside the UK or Germany. For this have a look at our German resources in the rest of the world.
The majority of these institutions have an online catalogue, which means you do not need to phone, email or go there. However, before choosing the institution that you think is the most likely to have your source remember that many countries (including the United Kingdom and Germany) have META-OPACs, that is, online catalogues which collect all the OPACs of a certain area. COPAC, for example, collect major British OPACs; KVK collects German major online catalogues. And there are even META-OPACs which allow you to do online bibliographical searches of different national OPACs at once. This facility gives you the greatest overview of what is available on a trans-national level. We therefore suggest you should start by having a look at the META-OPACs relevant to German studies, included in our
Although META-OPACs permit you to scan a massive amount of books (authors, titles, and subjects), this information will not include any articles. So, if you are looking for secondary literature, especially articles and chapters in books, the best way of resourcing these materials is to consult the
MLA International Bibliography which will be available on CD-ROM or in print at your University Library. The MLA International Bibliography provides a listing and subject index for books and articles published in modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It indexes over 50 000 books and articles each year.