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Modern Languages: 82323 - Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in the 20th Century: Start Here

This course guide is designed to get you started with your research assignments for this course.

Before You Start...

As you begin to think about your topic, you should also think about the tools you plan to use to gather your research sources.  For example:

  1. Do you have a tool for gathering all your research, annotate it, and organize your projects?
  2. Do you have a tool to help you cite your research and create a bibliography?
  3. Do you have a to help you network with other researchers?

Save your self time with a little planning.  Visit our Citation Tools guide for information on available tools.

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks or atlases, can provide a great overview. These kinds of materials help you to:

  • Learn more about the topic in general or a particular aspect of it
  • Locate definitions of concepts, important facts, and key data
  • Understand the context, research themes, and theories relevant to your topic
  • Discover concepts and related vocabulary
  • Identify further readings and ways in which you may focus your topic

Wikipedia is convenient, and can be a place to learn about a new topic, but don't rely on it alone; most Carnegie Mellon University instructors do not accept Wikipedia as a cited source for your assignments.  

Tip:  Quickest way to browse is to use the provided links to navigate to a specific subject, library, or materials type (see sample below):

Sample Record

The following resources contain background information on Vienna at the turn of the century. Take some time to look through these resources listed below. Be sure to use both English and German keyword search terms!

Remember to ....

Consult General Tips for Finding Resources in Different Languages on the Modern Languages guide home page.