Course resource help for Modern Languages

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Please get in touch if you have any queries about:

  • finding information and resources for assignments
  • finding online resources
  • referencing your sources

Joanna Cooksey

jcooksey@brookes.ac.uk

I'm hybrid working this semester, so will sometimes be on Headington campus and sometimes working from home. Please email jcooksey@brookes.ac.uk in the first instance. If you need a 1-to-1 appointment we can then arrange one either face-to-face or via Zoom or Google Meet. My usual working hours are 8.00 - 16.00, Monday - Friday.

Referencing

Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our page Reference and avoid plagiarism.

Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of sources (books, journal articles, web sites) in exactly the same Harvard style used at Brookes. It includes a sample text and reference list.

The Library also has a printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system (Word and PDF versions available).

Endnote is a tool for storing and organising your references, and it will also work with Word or Pages to create a fully formatted bibliography from your reference library.

NB Other referencing guides and apps are widely available but be aware that not all Harvard styles are the same as ours. Make sure you check your references against one of the authoritative sources listed above.

How to

Get started

How to find and borrow books

  • Use LibrarySearch - check our video guide (on the right) for more help.
  • Finding your material shows you how to understand call numbers and look for books on the library shelves.
  • Borrowing and returning tells you about borrowing books
  • Finding books and eBooks for Modern Languages Word file and PDF highlights key areas of the library for languages students

Find sources for your assignments

Check the Google slides (on the left) for tips on how to find resources for your Applied Languages assignments.
These guides may also help:

How to use Factiva database

Factiva is an international news database and a key resource for Applied Languages. It covers publications in French, German, Spanish, Japanese and many other languages.

Check the video guide for how to search Factiva for foreign language sources.

Find out how to reference articles from Factiva in the Harvard style.

How to search EBSCO databases for journal articles

EBSCO is a web platform that gives you access to several key databases for Applied Languages. All of these databases work in the same way. This video shows you how to search any EBSCO database, individually or in combination. 

A large database covering all subject areas. It contains lots of full text articles and is an excellent resource for any topic.

Key business database for academic journal articles, magazine articles, trade journals, country reports, industry profiles, and company profiles on all aspects of business including management.

Good for academic articles on communication and society, media and social media.

Search all of our Education databases at once.