The following overview provides links to key medievalist online resources for the study and research of older German language and literature:


As an online database, the Handschriftencensus contains information on German-language manuscripts of the Middle Ages (e.g. dating, origin, place of storage, content).


Within the Wörterbuchnetz you will find various encyclopedias and dictionaries, including the Mittelhochdeutsche Wörterbuch (MWB), Matthias Lexer's Middle High German dictionary, and the Frühneuhochdeutsche Wörterbuch (FWB).

OPAC of the Regesta Imperii

You can find medieval research literature via the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) of the Regesta Imperii.

Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB)

The Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB) contains an overview of accessible online journals sorted by discipline. Many journals can only be accessed from the campus network or via VPN.

Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (BDSL)

The Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (BDSL) is the most important German studies information source on the Internet. It is continuously updated and lists secondary texts published after 1985. You can reach the BDSL from the campus network or via VPN.

Mittelhochdeutsche Begriffsdatenbank (MHDBDB)

The Mittelhochdeutsche Begriffsdatenbank (MHDBDB) can be used to search numerous German-language texts from the Middle Ages for individual lemmas and sign sequences, as well as to create complex linguistic queries.


The online portal Mediaevum is aimed at researchers and students and contains information (including link collections and event information) from the field of older German language and literature.