Researchers and staff in Modern Languages

Subject specific help

Your Subject Librarian for Languages is Joanna Cooksey. Staff and researchers are welcome to contact Joanna for help with:

  • Provision of Library materials for your students.
  • Help and advice on your own use of the Library and your particular information needs, whether for curriculum design, your own research or keeping up to date with new resources within your subject sphere.

If you are unfamiliar with using electronic information sources, or just want to keep up to date with new resources, your Subject Librarian will be pleased to arrange a session with you to explore the most useful resources available in your subject area. If you are new to Oxford Brookes, please do make contact with your Subject Librarian for details of what resources and services are available.

The following guides give details of resources available in the field of Modern Languages for Brookes staff and students:

General help

The Library Web site has a section devoted to Library services for researchers which contains a wide range of information about services and resources that can support you in your research, such as:

    • Keeping up to date
    • Open access repositories
    • Document delivery
    • Using other libraries
    • Special Collections and Archives

You may also find the following links useful:

Useful resources

The following databases are useful for finding out about previous research in your subject area and for keeping up-to-date with current research:

Index to Theses
This is a comprehensive listing of all UK higher degree theses.

Web of Science
Web database consisting of the 3 Citation Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1975-); Social Science Citation Index (1970-) and Science Citation Index Expanded (1970-). The database covers a wide range of sources and is updated weekly. Abstracts are included for many records. Web of Science is a particularly useful source for finding out about previous research in your subject area and for keeping up to date with current research.

ZETOC (British Library's Electronic Table of Contents: ETOC) Web database
Covers current journals and conference proceedings in most subjects. You can also subscribe to the ZETOC Alert service and have e-mail bulletins when material relevant to your subject is added to the database.

JSTOR
Archive of full-text articles from a range of academic journals in a wide range of humanities and social sciences disciplines.

In contrast to most other e-journal collections which can help you keep up to date with current research, the JSTOR archive holds the complete digitized back runs of core scholarly journals, starting with the very first issues, some dating as far back as the 1600s. It offers scanned images of journal issues as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. New titles and disciplines are being added regularly to the archive.

The Library has access to the full JSTOR Collection. For a list of the journal titles covered in these collections, click on About JSTOR on the JSTOR home page and choose the top link Currently Available Collections.

Note that JSTOR aims to maintain an electronic archive of core scholarly journals – it does not cover current journal issues. JSTOR’s agreements with publishers mean that the collection does not usually give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old.