Finding information for Modern Languages

  • Your Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey is here to help you find and use library resources for your course, for example finding books and journal articles, using electronic services like databases, and referencing in your written work. Joanna is based on Level 3 of the Library and you can make an appointment by emailing

  • Headington Library

    This is the main library at Oxford Brookes and covers all subject areas. It's located in the JHB Building.

    • Headington Library opening hours The Library is open 24 hours a day during semesters 1 & 2.
    • Headington Library floor plan - this leaflet will help you find your way around. You can also pick up a copy from the Help Zone on Level 1 of the Library. Don't be afraid to ask Library staff if you need any help when using the Library. Near the Help Zone you’ll find the Welcome Desk, book returns slots, reservations collection point and Short Loan.
      The Library has 6 floors and books are on Levels 2, 3 and 4. Use the self-service machines on these floors to borrow books.
      There are different zones for quiet and silent study. If you want to do group work and/or chat, head to The Platform (Level 3) or The Forum (Ground Floor). You can also book one of our Student Presentation Rooms online.

    Getting online

    To get online in the Library, log onto one of the Library PCs with your student number and portal password. These computers will give you access to Internet, Google Mail, Moodle, Word etc. Printing is available via the Print Anywhere service. The IT Service Desk is located in The Forum and provides IT help.

    To get online with your laptop, tablet or other device, sign up for the University’s Wi-Fi service Eduroam via the IT Services Web pages.

    Library help throughout your course

    Modern Languages students are welcome to contact their Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey.

    Guides for Modern Languages students

    How to do a literature search for an essay or dissertation

    Download a copy of this Literature search plan for Modern Languages (Word) and use it to add your own notes and plan your search.

    Check this Study skills resources page for details of useful books, support and online guides covering:

    • Managing yourself & your time
    • Lectures & note-taking
    • Finding, reading & using information sources
    • Academic writing, critical thinking & constructing arguments - writing academic essays, reports and business plans
    • Group work & presentations
    • Exam preparation & technique

    Finding news sources

    See our News and current affairs guide for links to newspaper databases and further help with finding and selecting news sources.

    Finding statistical sources

    Our Statistics page provides links to UK and international statistical sources.

    Finding country reports

    Annual country reports can be useful sources of information about the economic, political and social situation of individual countries. Use the database Business Source Complete: search for a country plus 'country report' (e.g. Spain country report) to find useful information on particular countries.
    There's further help available on the Business Subject Help page on Country information

    Can I trust this website?

    For tips on what to look out for when searching the Web, take a look at our guide to Evaluating Web sources

    On your year abroad or work placement

    Our guide to off-campus services and facilities gives full details of library services and electronic resources which are available to you even when you're abroad.

    You may be able to use public, university or specialist libraries while you are on placement, in addition to the resources available to you at your company or institution. Always contact the library before a visit to check on their particular requirements or restrictions.

    The European Library searches the content of European national libraries.

    You are welcome to contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you need further help or information. You can also try emailing our Electronic Enquiry Service if you have any queries or problems.

    Brookes Library should hold the resources you need for coursework. If the Library doesn't have an item on your reading list, please let your Academic Liaison Librarian and module leader know. Students doing an honours level project or dissertation or the MA in International Business and Intercultural Communication may need additional resources that are not held in the Brookes Library. Various options are available to you.

    Bodleian Library

    Undergraduate students doing dissertation-level research are eligible to apply for reference access to the Bodleian Library. You need to be in semester 2 of year 2 of your degree, or in years 3 and/or 4, engaged on honours level dissertation or project work. Students doing the MA in International Business & Intercultural Communication and Erasmus students can also apply for a card. 

    You will need to get an application form from the Library Help Zone ( Level 1) or  download it from our web pages.
    Check  Library Research Guide 11: Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library (PDF)  for guidance on completing the form - there are sections for the student, a university lecturer and library staff. The guide also tells you which libraries you can access.

    Note that you will not be able to take the completed form to the Bodleian until their term has finished. From 9th December you can take your completed application form to the  Admissions Office in the Weston Library and your application will be processed on the spot. They recommend going on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday when the office is quieter.  

    Students wishing to renew their membership to the Bodleian need to obtain a new application form and get it checked and signed at Brookes as with their original application. Take your completed application form to the  Admissions Office in the Weston Library and your application will be processed on the spot. They recommend going on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday when the office is quieter. 

    Using the Bodleian
    Use  SOLO the Oxford University Libraries' Catalogue to check what is available and where it's held. 
    For students doing Japanese the  Bodleian Japanese Library is a fantastic resource
    Students interested in French Studies students can use the  Taylor Institution Library and the  Maison Francaise.
    You will also be able to access their e-resources while on site. 

    Researchers and staff

    Researchers and staff should follow the procedures outlined on the Bodleian Library Admissions webpages, using Form A and should apply in person directly to the Bodleian Admissions Office.

    Other options

    You can use the Interlibrary Loans service to request books, articles and other publications which aren't in stock. Each request costs £3.00 and articles usually arrive within 3 working days. You can make your requests via LibrarySearch.

    The SCONUL Access scheme allows Brookes students to use many university libraries across the UK. You may find this useful if you live at some distance from Oxford and would like to use an academic library in your local area. To apply, go to the SCONUL website and check first whether the library you wish to visit is a member of the scheme, then complete the online application form. Once your application has been authorized by Brookes Library, you will be sent a confirmation email from SCONUL access and will need to take this along when you first visit the member library.

    Library Hub Discover: a database of 115 UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues, including the British Library Public Catalogue.

    Access to research is a scheme run through public libraries, where academic publishers have made many of their journals freely accessible to the general public. Access to these e-journals is only available through computers in one of the participating libraries. These include Oxford Central (though not at the moment because of their temporary relocation), Wheatley, Headington, and Botley public libraries. Check the Access to research website to see which libraries are participating and use the search option to see whether a specific journal title/issue is available through the scheme.


    Most Undergraduate and Masters course dissertations are not held in the Library. Check the details in our Dissertation Locations List to discover where dissertations for each subject/course are held. The Library does hold all Brookes PhD theses: these are listed on LibrarySearch and can be requested at the JHB Library Help Zone.
    If you are looking for a UK PhD/MPhil thesis, you may be able to obtain a copy online via the British Library's EThOS system. You can search across 250,000+ theses for free and download / order full text where available. You will need to register and log in if you want to download a thesis or to order digitisation of a thesis.

    Exam papers

    2015-2016 onward: These are available for download by Brookes students and staff from RADAR. Check this quick video guide Finding past Oxford Brookes exam papers on RADAR

    Earlier years: Printed copies are available in the Library at Headington (Short Loan area, Level 1).