Databases for Modern Languages

  • The Library subscribes to various databases that you can use for finding sources on a topic. Most databases are designed to help you to trace academic journal articles, but we also have databases covering other sources such as newspapers, language dictionaries, films and TV. Check the list below for details of databases that could be useful for students doing Applied Languages and MA in International Business, Culture and Language. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password. 

    You may also want to take a look at other Subject Help pages for details of databases recommended for other subjects such as Business, Film Studies, Anthropology, Publishing etc.

    Help with finding articles and searching databases:

  • Key business databases

    Factiva - international news sources and more
    Factiva covers worldwide, national and local newspapers, including:

    • French titles such as L´Entreprise, L'Expansion, L´Express, L'Humanité, L'Indépendant, Libération, Le Point, Le Temps, La Tribune and many others.
    • Japanese titles such as The Daily Yomiuri, The Japan Times, Kabushiki Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, The Nikkei Weekly, Sankei Shimbun and more. Searches can be made in Japanese if your keyboard has the capability.
    • Spanish sources such as ABC, Cinco Dias, El Correo, Expansion, El Mundo, El Pais (1995-) and others.

    It also includes magazine articles; trade and professional journals; company financial details. 

    Tips on searching Factiva :

    • To search Factiva for articles from a specific publication, click on 'Source' and type the publication title in the 'Find a Source' box.
    •  If you want to search through British publications, click on 'Source', then click on the heading 'Group: UK newspapers' to add this to your search. To search through all publications from any other country, click on 'Source', then use the ‘Select Source Category’ drop-down menu to select Publications – By Region. Browse through the regions and countries, then click on the country name to add it to your search.  
    • The default Language setting is to look for articles in English. To change this, first click on English to remove it from your search. Next, click on 'Language' and select the language from the list to add it to your search.
    • For further tips, check this PDF guide How to search Factiva

    Business Source Complete - business journal articles and more
    This is a key business database containing full text articles from academic & trade journals, plus some abstracts. It covers management, economics, finance, accounting & business. In addition to articles it includes company profiles; industry profiles; country reports

    Emerald Fulltext - academic journal articles
    Full text articles from academic business journals. Also covers education and training.

    Mintel - market research
    Full text market research reports. Mainly UK plus some European reports.

    Passport (Euromonitor) - market research
    Full text UK and international market research reports published by Euromonitor.

     For details of other business databases check the  Library Subject Help pages for Business

    Other useful databases:

    Communication & mass media complete - covers human communications and media studies, many articles are full-text.

    Academic Search Complete covers all subject areas and can be a good starting point for researching any topic. It offers full text access to thousands of journals. You can limit your search results to publications in a specific language. 

    LexisLibrary is good for UK newspaper articles. It's a law database so to search for news articles, you'll need to click on News in the red menu bar on the initial screen.

    Help and tips on successful database searching:

    • Check the quick guide Database search tips  PDF
    • On some databases the full text article may not be available in every case. Click on the  Full Text Finder icon next to the database reference to check whether the article is available on another database and then link to it.
    • Need help? Contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for Modern Languages

     

    Academic Search Complete covers all subject areas and can be a good starting point for researching any topic. It offers full text access to thousands of journals. You can limit your search results to publications in a specific language.

    Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is a service which gives you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films from an online archive.  It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database. BoB mainly covers UK channels, but a few European channels have been added to the service. First-time users will be prompted to register. You can search for programmes already recorded, view the programme guide and also search for playlists and create your own.

    Discover is a service which searches our Library Catalogue and many – though not all – of our electronic resources. A search on Discover will bring up books, journal articles and a variety of other sources.

    JSTOR This database provides an archive of full-text articles from a range of academic journals on all subjects. Note that most journals covered do not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old. To look for articles in a specific language, select Advanced Search, then choose the drop-down box next to Article Language to limit your search to that language.

    Web of Science - despite its name, this database covers all subject areas. It's particularly useful for tracking citations to key articles. On Web of Science you can view an article and see a list of the author’s 'Cited References' - those sources that influenced the author. You can also see the article's influence on subsequent publications via the 'Times Cited' option. Find out more.

    • Oxford dictionaries is a collection of fully searchable bilingual dictionaries in French, Chinese, Spanish, and Italian. The database also includes a wide range of language learning resources and study materials.
    • OED online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
    • Oxford Reference Online is a collection of Oxford University Press reference books. It includes English dictionaries and bilingual dictionaries for French, Spanish, German and Italian.