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Brian Vetruba, Subject Librarian

I'm the Subject Librarian for Germanic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, European Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities

Getting Questions Answered

Using the library resources and services here at Washington University is new for most of you. You shouldn't hesitate to ask questions.  We're here to help! Here are some ways to get assistance:

Contact Brian Vetruba, your class librarian. Brian can be contacted by email (, chat, or stop by his library office, room 124 of Olin Library.  Brian also has drop-in office hours, Tuesdays, 11am-12noon in Ridgley 319. You can also book an appointment with him

Contact the Olin Help Desk via chat, email, text (314-219-1462), or in-person

For a subject-specific question, you can contact a subject librarian

General Background Information

As you begin your research, consulting encyclopedias and other reference materials will give you background information on your topic and help you develop your research questions and search more effectively.

Search Oxford Reference Online:, an electronic collection of subject and language reference works from Oxford University Press.

Oxford Reference Online Search ORO

The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources.

Search the OED  

Catalogs, Databases, and Tutorials

What is ?   This is what you click on in library databases to access online full text articles, books, or book chapters; check for print holdings; and to request items via interlibrary loan. See this short tutorial on GetIt!

Books and More

Just want to browse? Library of Congress Classification Outline
But remember, browsing just browsing the stacks misses ebooks, books at other locations and books that are checked out.

OR try Primo which includes the Catalog and much more.  More information


MLA Citation Style