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German Language and Literature


Start with:

  1.  Choose a topic that is interesting to you and which will work within your assignment's parameters.
  2. Search the topic in any of the Reference Sources to gain basic understanding of the subject.

Continue with:

  1.  OneSearch - a tool for searching multiple library resources from one interface. It offers access to print and electronic resources available to you at Queens College Library and other CUNY libraries. A search in OneSearch will retrieve books, journals, articles and media sources but limiting to specific resource(s) will generate better results. 
  2. Use either  "Sign in"  or  "Menu"  tab in OneSearch to check on details of your library account, renew borrowed items, etc. 
  3. For books, use OneSearch  and other online library catalogs listed under Books in this guide. 
  4. For research published in specialized sources, follow suggestions listed under Databases in this guide.
  5. To find a specific periodical i.e., journal, magazine or newspaper, follow suggestions listed under Periodicals in this guide.
  6. Consult Professional Organizations and Associations  or Web Resources sites for any additional information on your subject
  7. Consult the guides listed under Citation Style Manuals to correctly cite your sources

Accessing QC library resources from off campus

To access library databases, resources and your account,  login with your CUNY Login Credentials. 

  • Your CUNY Login credentials follow the  pattern:, where “NN” is the last 2+ digits of your CUNY EMPLID.  
  • All current CUNY students, faculty and staff should have EMPL IDs. If students  have not activated their CUNY Credentials, they can do that here:

If you are a guest user, your CUNY Login account username will be the one you set in the CUNY Portal.

For more information see the Library's FAQ page or CUNY Login answers.  


Borrowing Services

Need information about borrowing books and media in QC and CUNY? See details under Borrowing 

Need books not available  in CUNY?  See instructions for using Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLIAD)

Need periodical articles not available here? See instructions for using Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLIAD)

Want to borrow a laptop, camcorders, digital cameras, iPads ? See details under Computers and Printing

Need access to a group study room? See details under Group Study Rooms 

Reference Services

Information and research assistance is available via a variety of venues to all library users. See specific details under Ask a Librarian.