Languages and Literatures

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Main databases

Secondary subject databases
Database Description
MLA International Bibliography Comprehensive index for modern languages and literatures providing citations to articles, books, book chapters and dissertations. View Full Description

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Tertiary subject databases
Database Description
eHRAF World Cultures International ethnography database with several hundred thousand pages of information on human behaviour, society and culture. View Full Description
Erudit Full-text Canadian scholarly publications, chiefly in French. View Full Description
Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text Scholarly journals and popular magazines with reviews and critical analysis of film and television. View Full Description
Historical Abstracts Index of journal articles, books, etc. on world history (NOT Canada or the U.S.) from 1450 to the present. View Full Description
Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 Interdisciplinary database with articles from more than 1200 English-language periodicals. View Full Description
International Encyclopedia of Linguistics Full-text articles focussing on interdisciplinary aspects of linguistics. Published 2003. View Full Description
Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance Interdisciplinary bibliography of scholarly research on the period from 400 to 1700. View Full Description
Literature Resource Center Full text biographical information, overviews, criticism and reviews on writers, past and present. View Full Description
Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries A music streaming program for world music, spoken word, and natural sound recordings. View Full Description

When to cite:

  • Citing your sources gives credit to other peoples' ideas and helps you avoid plagiarism.
  • When to cite

How to cite:

  • Citing sources involves referring to the sources in your paper, and creating a citation to the sources in a bibliography.
  • There are different ways to cite sources, known as citation styles.
  • Common styles include APA and MLA. Styles include the same elements (such as author, publisher, title, and publication year for books), but format the elements differently.
  • Details are important! Order of elements, punctuation, capitalization, and spacing all count. Choose a style, find out its format, and use it accurately.
  • For more information, see
  • Citation tools:

  • The library can assist you with Mendeley and Zotero
  • For more information, see managing citations