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German Language & Literature at Syracuse University

The Syracuse University German Program is part of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Foreign Language News and Newspapaer: German

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Writing a paper

When you write a paper or give a presentation you need to have a topic( thesis topic), and you must reference your sources according to one citation manual.

Take a moment to think about your topic.

Define your topic by asking yourself a set of questions. Turn your topic into a research question (a thesis topic).

Think of words and phrases to use in a search for information regarding your topic. If nothing works, change your search terms to find more specific or more general information. Remember you can always ask for research help from a librarian.

Databases and E-Book Collections of Interest


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Ann Skiold
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Syracuse University

Classified Resources at the SU Libraries

Browsing Library Collections by Call Numbers

Although some older books are perhaps classified in the Dewey Decimal Classification System, most Syracuse University Libraries print resources are classified in and physically arranged according to the alpha-numeric Library of Congress (LC) Classification System.   [NOTE: Although they have no physical presence, e-books are also assigned base LC classification numbers to make them findable via Classic Catalog "Call Number" searches.]

The LC system has allocated Class P to Languages and Literatures.  “P” call numbers are assigned to the Languages and Literatures holdings that are shelved in the Reference Collection on the 2nd floor of Bird Library and in the general and oversize stacks on the 5th floor of Bird Library.

Note:  Less frequently used library materials are kept off campus, either at The Warehouse or at The Facility.  (The latter is a high-density storage space at 1556 Jamesville Avenue.)  Materials in remote storage can be requested for next-business-day delivery to a library on campus.

To see an outline of the entire "P" Class, open the document below.  Then click on Subclasses "PD," "PF," and/or "PT" for outlines of the classification schemes for Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Dictionaries, Bibliograhies