eGuide: Modern and Medieval Languages information sources

Last updated: September 2019

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.


Subject-specific 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.

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:

Newspaper LibGuide


Gateways / collections

MIT Libraries: foreign language news and newspapers

Broadband television


Individual titles

Le Monde

Nouvel Observateur

El Pais


Speigel Online

Die Zeit


Finding ebooks

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:


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:

MML’s own webpages contain links to useful internet language and literature resources ‘CALL Facility’.


Useful resources for different Languages

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:

  • German

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


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.

AFI (American Film Institute) Catalog
Digital Theatre Plus
Drama online 
FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Database 
Film Index International 
Oxford Bibliographies: Film and media studies
Screen Studies Collection


Help within College

Library staff can provide support and assistance. You can book an appointment with library staff, or, ask a question via The College’s Bye-Fellow for Study Skills will also be able to help.


Help within Cambridge

University of Cambridge training programmes


eresources and ejournals

Cambridge University Skills Portal

Help With Electronic Resources

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