eGuide: Modern and Medieval Languages information sources

Last updated: November 2018

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 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.


Subject-specific bibliographic resources

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.

Language-specific or period-specific

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.

Other resources

You might also like to look at the freely-available journals which are part of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)


Finding ebooks

You can find most of the university’s ebooks via iDiscover. To understand more about ebooks, 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:


Foreign language newspapers, magazines and television stations

There are many newspapers accessible via university subscriptions. For a full list see the Newspaper LibGuide.

Gateways / collections
Individual titles


Useful reference management software

Zotero is 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.


Language Dictionaries

Oxford language dictionaries
No password required if connecting from within the University; Raven password required if connecting from outside.

Dictionaries freely available over the WWW:


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.

MML’s own webpages contain links to useful internet language and literature resources –

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:

Other useful websites:

Romance Languages:

  • French

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)  

  • Italian


Decameron Web  

Renaissance Dante in Print  


  • Spanish & Catalan


PRISMA (Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas)

  • Portuguese

PRISMA (Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas)


Germanic Languages:

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


Slavonic Languages:

  • Russian

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

  • Ukrainian

Electronic Library of Ukrainian Literature

National Library of Ukraine

  • Polish

Polish Reference Grammar

Virtual Library of Polish Literature

National Library of Poland


Help within Cambridge

College Library staff can provide support and assistance. We have a number of useful eGuides for you including guidance on time management and proofreading. You can book an appointment with library staff, or, ask a question The Colleges’ Fellow for Study Skills will also be able to help.

Some useful resources include:

University of Cambridge training programmes
Eresources and Ejournals –

Information about essay writing, aimed specifically at modern linguists, is available from the Transkills website.

Help With Electronic Resources

Jenny Blackhurst
t: +44 (0) 1223 338970