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:

  • Databases useful for any subject

    • LibrarySearch is our search platform which allows you to find a mixture of books, articles and other resources in one place. For a quick introduction to how it works, check this video Welcome to LibrarySearch
    • 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.
    • Communication & mass media complete - covers human communications and media studies, many articles are full-text.
    • 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.
    • 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 top menu bar on the initial screen.
    • 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.

    Check the subject help pages for full details of other databases in individual subject areas.  

    Databases for Business Studies


    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. 

     Quick 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.

    Find out more from How to use Factiva set of guides from the Business Librarians team

    • Oxford Dictionaries Online 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.