Searching for resources
There are two key library catalogues you may use when studying at Cambridge:
- Girton Library catalogue (Heritage) – search Girton Library’s collection and see if items are available or already on loan. See our eGuide for further information.
- iDiscover – to search across the University’s print and electronic collections (including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, articles and much more). Most, but not all, of Girton’s collection can be found here. See our iDiscover: eGuide for further information.
You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Main Library and the University Library. Your subject-specific library is the MML Faculty Library. However, there may be other libraries within Cambridge which stock useful resources. For a full list of the Cambridge libraries see the directory and check each library for access guidelines.
For information on searching general databases and journals see Beyond books: finding articles and journals. To find links to specific databases and journals in the eresources & ejournals LibGuide. Relevant resources can also be found within the MML LibGuide. Some key resources include:
MLA International Bibliography The MLA International Bibliography, produced by the Modern Language Association of America, is a classified listing and subject index of books and articles in the fields of modern languages, literatures, linguistics, and folklore. Links to electronic journal articles in JSTOR and Project Muse are provided.
Cite them right online The essential referencing resource. This site will help you to reference just about any source, and understand how to avoid plagiarism.
MHRA Style Guide An essential reference for scholars, students and editors in the Modern Humanities. Originally codified for our own use, MHRA style has since 1971 been used much more widely, and today many universities require dissertations to follow it.
Language-specific or period-specific
BDSL The online version of the Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft.
Iter Bibliography 1.1 million citations for secondary material about the European Middle Ages and Renaissance, 400-1700.
You might also like to look at the freely-available journals which are part of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Foreign language newspapers, magazines and television stations There are many newspapers accessible via university subscriptions. For a full list see:
Gateways / collections
You can find most of the university’s ebooks via iDiscover. To understand what an ebook is, and what ebooks are available – read Introduction to ebooks. For help with searching for ebooks read Finding and using ebooks.
There are also ebooks available via Open Access. Freely-available text collections include:
- Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes Despite the name, apparently the world’s biggest digital library of Spanish and Latin American texts
- Oxford Text Archive
Useful reference management software
Zotero The only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click.
Mendeley Reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online and discover the latest research.
Endnote Reference management software used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles.
Reference Management Guide Reference management guide sorted by subject.
Free Language Dictionaries
- Oxford language dictionaries
- Voice of the shuttle: foreign language dictionaries
Finding further websites
For information on searching for websites, see Effective internet searching.
An introduction to using the web, aimed specifically at modern linguists, is available from the Virtual Training Suite. It includes useful links (on subjects ranging from the full text of the works of Molière to Spanish-American cinema) plus strategies for successful searching on the web.
One of the easiest ways to discover information of academic value on the Internet is to use one of the many subject-related hubs or gateways. You can search or browse by subject and get a list of relevant websites. Below are some you might like to try:
- Voice of the Shuttle: literatures (other than English)
- WESSWeb – from the Western European Studies Section of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries
MML’s own webpages contain links to useful internet language and literature resources ‘CALL Facility’.
Useful resources for different Languages
- CAIRN French Studies Collection
- Corpus de la littérature médiévale des origines au 15e siècle
- Corpus des dictionnaires de l’Acadèmie française
- Corpus Montaigne
- Grand corpus des grammaires françaises, des reqmarques et des traités sur la langue (XIVe-XVIIe siècles)
Spanish & Catalan
- Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach-und Literaturwissenschaft (BDSL)
- Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek
- Deutsche Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts Online
- DNB, Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek
- Goethe Werke
- Marx Engels Werke
- Der Spiegel
- Current digest of the Russian Press
- Early Russian Cinema
- Integrum Central Press Publications
- Iskusstvo kino Digital Archive
- Izvestiia Digital Archive
- Krokodil Digital Archive
- Literaturnaia gazeta digital archive
- Mass Media in Russia, 1908-1918
- Pravda Digital Archive
- Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
- Sovetskaia kul’tura digital archive
- Soviet Cinema
- Stalin Digital Archive
- Voprosy istorii: Complete Collection
Film & Screen Studies
For a list of a brief overview of some of the libraries holding resources and collections relating to film within Cambridge click here.