Emerging scholars have limited opportunities for systematic orientation in the research resources of Yiddish Studies. As Zachary Baker has commented elsewhere, “information literacy” is something that graduate students and faculty are likely to attain informally and on their own; classroom training is generally not available for this purpose. That’s why we’re publishing this online bibliographical series devoted to research resources in Yiddish Studies. It builds upon a day-long workshop devoted to resources in Yiddish Studies, which Baker led in April 2015 at the University of California-Berkeley.
This research guide will be divided into the following units, to be published in installments, each of which will take the form of a stand-alone post:
- “Meta”-resources – bibliographies, web gateways, online scholarship, indexes, library and archival resources, encyclopedias.
- Full-text electronic resources in Yiddish Studies.
- Yiddish linguistic scholarship, including dictionaries.
- Yiddish literature and culture.
- Bibliographies of imprints (by country or region).
- Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust (Yiddish focus).
Each unit is accompanied by a brief introduction. Where warranted, entries include brief annotations.
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by Solon Beinfeld and Harry Bochner
This new dictionary (published just two years ago) is by the far the best resource for Yiddish-English translation and is a wonderful investment. The hard copy costs around £30 or you can access the online version for the same price here:
A real must if you want to invest in just one book for this module!
There is a review of the dictionary here.
This site is very useful:
Yiddish Sources is a portal for anyone who is interested in Yiddish and Yiddish Studies. It is part of the WWW Virtual Library History Central Catalogue.
The information on this website is arranged in three main sections: reference, research and events. A new addition is the Yiddish Studies Bibliography, which lists relevant scholarly literature in the field of Yiddish Studies.
Yiddish sources is a work in progress and new content is regularly added. It is easy to stay updated by email, using our RSS feeds or by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
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Below is a link to an excellent online resource, which I recommend you use for any primary source reading you will be doing for this module. It is comprehensive and also has full transliterations (according to the YIVO system) of all entries. You can also search either in Hebrew or Latin letters. Excellent interface and clear results fiche:
Yiddish Dictionary Online/ייִדיש ווערטערבוך אויפֿן וועב
The most comprehensive Yiddish-English-Yiddish dictionary in print is Uriel Weinreich’s, 1968 repr. 1977, published by Schocken Books. Click here to find a copy.