Foreign Languages Databases
Recommended starting places
Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)
A large academic multi-disciplinary database providing indexing for over 8,000 journals and full text for nearly 4,700 (including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed journals). PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for some journals.
Humanities International Complete - content now available in Humanities Source
(article index, e-books)
Providing full text for thousands of journals, books and other published sources from around the world, this authoritative resource offers an invaluable collection for students, researchers and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities, with worldwide content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought. As the most comprehensive resource available in its field, Humanities Source provides full text—plus abstracts and bibliographic indexing—for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities, including feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, drama and poetry, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, radio and television programs, and much more.
MLA International Bibliography (EBSCOhost)
1963-present. Indexes journals, books, and other materials in the fields of language, literature, linguistics, and folklore.
Oxford Reference - Bilingual Dictionaries
A selection of online dictionaries from Oxford University Press covering languages including French, Spanish, German, Irish, Italian, Latin, and Welsh.
(article index, e-books and digital collections)
A full-text database of classical French writings, including literary works, political tracts, philosophical writings, and technical treatises.
Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm im Internet
(reference resource, dictionary)
Started by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in 1838, the Grimm dictionary is generally considered the most extensive dictionary of the German language.
Dictionary of the Scots Language
(reference resource, dictionary)
The Dictionary of the Scots Language combines electronic editions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the Scottish National Dictionary (SND).
(e-books and digital collections, image collections)
Begun in 1997 as the major digitization project at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Gallica includes full-text of over 100,000 volumes and 300,000 images covering the Middle Ages to the beginning of the twentieth century, with an emphasis on nineteenth-century material. Residing in Gallica are dictionaries and encyclopedias, journals, manuscripts, recordings and images.
(article index, newspapers)
Full-text newspapers include Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Le Figaro, Le Monde, and El Pais.
Persée is a national digitization project of French academic journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Persée provides full text access in pdf format to some of the most prestigious French journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The project aims at including the complete runs of journals, though dates of coverage vary and there is a moving wall of three to five years for recent issues, depending on the journal. The web site is available in both French and English.
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