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GER 401: German Prose (Dr. Krick-Aigner)

The BEAM Method

You can use the BEAM method to evaluate sources you find and decide how you might use them in a paper or presentation

Background: sources that provide basic facts and context.

Example or Evidence: sources that provide data or anecdotes that support a claim.

Argument: sources that give you critical views or scholarly views.

Method: sources that use a critical theory or methodology.

Databases for German Literature and Graphic Novels

Searching OneSearch for German Language Sources

To search for German-language sources in OneSearch, change the language drop down in the top search box to "German."

In the OneSearch search box, the language drop down on the right side is highlighted, and the drop down is set to "German."


To retrieve sources in both German and English, scroll down to the language section in the left search bar. Hover to the left of each language to bring up the check box, and click there to include a language. Click save to update your results list.

In the left column of a OneSearch results page, the Language facet is open, and English and German have been selected. At the bottom of the page, the Apply Filters button is highlighted.


To search for a term or idea in English and German at the same time, put the English phrase on one line in the top search box and the German in the line below it. Change the drop down on the far left of the second line to "OR" to find either of the two sets of keywords in a single results list. This is a great technique for titles of books or short stories, since scholars sometimes refer to the title in German even when they're writing in English.

In the main OneSearch search box, the first box is filled with the term "gunter grass crabwalk" and the second box has "gunter grass "im krebsgang"." In front of the second search line, the drop down is changed to "OR."