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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

I'm Joanna, the Librarian for Applied Languages, Modern Languages with Translation and Liberal Arts. I'm hybrid working this semester, so will sometimes be on Headington campus and sometimes working from home. Please email 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.


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.

Check Cite Them Right

Use Cite Them Right to check how to reference a wide range of sources (books, journal articles, web sites) in exactly the same Harvard style used at Brookes.

Cite Them Right has a Sample text and reference list using the Harvard style. This will help you understand what referencing looks like in written work.

The Library also has a printed guide to Brookes Harvard based on Cite Them Right that you can download (Word and PDF versions available).

Further help with referencing

Don't forget you can contact your Librarian for help with referencing. The Centre for Academic Development can also provide advice.

Referencing tools

It's a good idea to keep track of your sources as you find them, so that it's easier to reference them later. Check this guide How to save and cite sources in LibrarySearch (Google slides)

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 Cite Them Right.

Use the Library as a new student

Use LibrarySearch to find books and articles

LibrarySearch is our main search system. You can connect to it through the link below or use the search box on the Library home page.

Find sources for your assignments

Check the Google slides (right) for advice on where to search for sources for different assignments. They cover:

  • Module reading lists - where to find them, how to understand them
  • LibrarySearch - exploring beyond your reading lists
  • Library databases - recommended for finding additional resources that aren't on LibrarySearch
  • Google & Google Scholar - how to use them effectively

Find resources for specific languages

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How to use databases

Databases are specialist search engines that can help you find high quality sources like journal articles. Use them when you are researching a topic to find academic sources. Many databases focus on journal articles but others contain newspaper articles or business information. 

In this section you'll find links to some key databases plus video guides. Further databases are listed in the Resources section above.

Think about your keywords

If you're researching a topic, think about the keywords you could use on LibrarySearch and databases:

  • Check this video Choosing words to put in a search box made by Charlie Brampton, the Librarian for Geography
  • This Search Plan (Google doc) can help you develop a list of keywords to use when searching online.
    Click on File - Make a copy - to save your own copy and then add your own notes to it.
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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 use Factiva (guides from the Business Librarians)

How to search Academic Search Complete and other EBSCO databases

Academic Search Complete

You can use databases to find journal articles on topics you are researching. A good database to use for any topic is Academic Search Complete which covers all subject areas. 

For tips on searching, see the video guide (right) or this print guide Database search tips for Modern Languages (Word file and PDF)

Other EBSCO databases

Academic Search Complete is available on a web platform called EBSCO. The Library subscribes to useful databases for Applied Languages through this same platform. They all look the same and the video guide (right) shows you how to search any of the EBSCO databases, individually or in combination.

Connect to other EBSCO databases:

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