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Modern Languages & Literatures

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Finding Articles

Use these selected databases to find articles on your topic:

Books, Ebooks, Music, & Movies

Search the library's collection:


Advanced Search |  Recently Added Books & Media

 

Search Beyond Fairfield:

Background Sources

Multidisciplinary encyclopedias:

Comprehensive monolingual dictionaries:

Literature Resources

Searching in Other Languages

In Our Catalog

Here's how to find sources in the Library catalog that aren't written in English:

  1. Do your search
  2. Look at the left side of the search results page
  3. Under "Refine Results," there's a "Language" option
  4. Click "Language" to drop down a menu
  5. Select your language

That's it! Keep in mind that you might want to do your search in your target language too, because you'll get different results either way!

Screenshot of how to use the language filter in the Library catalog

In a Database

Finding sources in different languages in a database really depends on how the database is laid out. Some of them allow filtering right before you search, and some of them can only be filtered after you've searched. Some basic guidelines are:

  • When you start searching look for for the label "Language" and check any languages you want to filter to in the checkboxes below it
  • If there isn't a Language filter in the search, there's usually one after you've searched
  • In the search results, look around to see anywhere you can refine/filter your results (usually this is on the left side of the page)
  • Click "Language" and select any languages you want to filter to

That's it! Keep in mind that you might want to do your search in your target language too, because you'll get different results either way!

An example of an EBSCO database, where you can filter for Language on the left side of the search results page

In Google

You can search for sources in different languages in Google too! Here's how:

  1. Go to google.com
  2. Look for the "Settings" menu in the bottom right corner of the page
  3. Click that, then "Advanced Search"

Screenshot of the Google homepage with the Settings menu open

OR...

  1. Go ahead and do a Google search
  2. On the search results page, click "Settings" near the search box
  3. Click "Advanced Search"

Screenshot of Google search results with the Settings menu open

Then...

  1. Enter some search terms into the boxes at the top of the page
  2. Choose which language you want to search for in the dropdown menu below
  3. Do a search in your target language (otherwise Google tends to give you English results anyway)

A screenshot of the Google advanced search

Citations & Support

Citing Your Sources

The links below point to brief informational guides for creating accurate citations. For more complete information, consult the original books at the library (see call numbers below) or contact a librarian.

Questions about Citations? Save time, ask a Librarian!

Citation Managers

the Zotero logo

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a standalone application that uses browser connectors to save full text, organize sources, and create citations. Click the logo to see more info!

Refworks logo

ATTENTION: Please note that the Library will be ending its subscription to Refworks in July 2022. For more information, see our Refworks-to-Zotero transfer guide.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center, located in the main level of the DiMenna-Nyselius library, will help you with your writing. Tutors will work with you to improve essays, research papers, oral presentations, and more!

Schedule an appointment online or contact them by e-mail at writingcenter@fairfield.edu.

Ask a Librarian

Still not finding what you need? A Librarian is available to help!

Schedule a Research Appointment Chat with a librarian 24/7 Research Services Hours

Library Research Prize

Proud of your research project? Want to win $1000? Apply for the Library Research Prize! An undergrad and graduate student (or team) will win. Click image to go to the info page.