World Languages and Cultures

This page is for languages in general. There are sub-topic pages for World Literature, and for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish. There's also a page of Journals for World Languages & Literature. 

Subject Guides

These Subject Guides will be retired in December. You can start using the new World Languages and Cultures guide now. This page will no longer be updated. 

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Profiles of different languages (features, geographic distribution, etc.)

Atlas of the world's languages (Ref Oversize 409 As35)

Concise encyclopedia of languages of the world (Ref 403 B812)

The World's major languages (on order)

Compendium of the world's languages (Ref 401.2 C152)

About language in general (what it is, how it works)

International encyclopedia of linguistics (410.3 online in Oxford Reference)

An encyclopaedia of language (Ref 403 C691)

A companion to the philosophy of language (Ref 401 H130)

Language and communication : a cross-cultural encyclopedia (Ref 410.3 F493 )

Concise Oxford dictionary of linguistics (online in Oxford Reference)


To find more search Albert by Subject for terms like:

Or search for specific languages. Example:

If you don't find enough in Albert, check in LINK+

On the web

Start here:

Bilingual dictionaries for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish (with audio pronunciation); plus study materials for language learners.

The Firefly five language visual dictionary (Ref 423.1 C810v)
Picture dictionary of English, Spanish, French, German, Italian

To find more search Albert by Subject:

Or search the names of specific languages. Example:

If you don't find enough in Albert, check in LINK+

On the web


Living Language series

Or search Albert by Subject for the names of specific languages. Example:

If you don't find enough in Albert, check in LINK+

On the web:

Language-learning websites with at least some free content

1) To find movies in your language in Albert, click here to search by Call Number:

Then click the Limit/Sort button in Albert and select your language from the LANGUAGE menu on the right.

You can use the Albert pull-down menu if you want to sort this list into a different order, for example sort by Reverse Year to see the most recent releases first.
You can borrow movies or watch them at the Library.

2) To find streaming videos, search/browse relevant topics in

Films on Demand: World Languages

VAST Academic Video Online: Literature & language


3) LINK+ has a lot of foreign-language movies, but does not have the same options described above for searching by DVD or VHS.
To find Spanish-language movies in LINK+, try a Subject search for e.g. "Motion pictures, Spanish". Then use the Limit/Sort option to choose Language.

4) Streaming videos in Digitalia are available upon faculty request



Discover articles and books from many of our databases.

Bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations in the fields of literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included.

Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines combined with biographical entries and author portraits, critical analysis, reviews, bibliographies, overviews of frequently studied works, topics and literary movements, and thousands of full-text poems, short stories, and plays.

Bundles 10 Gale series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Shakespeare Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, Children’s Literature Review

Indexes nearly 14,000 academic journals and reference works across a wide range of subject areas.

Indexes essays and short works contained within published collections and annuals. Chiefly humanities and social sciences.

Indexes graduate dissertations and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day. Full-text for most recent works (and some earlier works) is available for download.

About literary criticism

Johns Hopkins guide to literary theory & criticism

The Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements and is updated annually.

Book review sources

"A comprehensive online guide to book reviews with over five million review citations from...

A searchable database of book reviews published magazine Choice: Current Reviews for Academic...

Academic OneFile indexes nearly 13,000 academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and reference...

Modern Languages use the MLA citation format. You can find the MLA handbook in the reference room (Ref 808.02 G350e) or see How to cite your sources

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