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A subject guide for the UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)

Useful websites for modern languages resources

The resources listed below are freely available online, you might find some of them useful:

The resources listed below are freely available online, you might find some of them useful:

  • Gallica: the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, this vitural library contains over 3 millions digitised documents including texts, images and recordings.
  • Larousse: searchable online encyclopedia and dictionary.
  • LITAF : Littérature Africaine Francophone: a searchable database of Sub-Saharan literature.
  • French Studies Web: provides links to scholarly web resources relevant to French and Frencophone studies. The guide is curated and managed by members of the European Studies Section (ESS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries. 

The resources listed below are freely available online, you might find some of them useful: 

  • German Studies web: list of scholarly resouces in German Studies. The guide is curated and managed by members of the European Studies Section (ESS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries
  • Vorleser: a collection of downloadable popular stories read in the German language.
  • Das Digitale Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache (DWDS): another online dictionary in which definitions of words give the historical context to the development of each word within that time period. This etymology may be helpful to linguists and historians.
  • Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek Kultur und Wissen: a searchable portal for digitised materials from German libraries, archives, universities and cultural instituttion.
  • BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine): one of the largest search engines for academic web resources, over 60% of its indexed records are available full text and Open Access.
  • Black Central Europe  collects sources on Black History in German speaking lands, arranged chronologically from 1000 AD until the present day this bilingual database is available in English and German. Sources include paintings, photographs, letters, excerpts of novels, sculptures, newspaper articles and much more.

The resources listed below are freely available online, you might find some of them useful: 

  • Digital Dante is a venue for research and ideas on Dante that aims to stimulate new perspectives and new approaches to Dante Studies via interactive use of sounds, images and videos. Parallel to the original text there are two translations in English of the Divine Comedy.
  • Dante Society of America: The Society sponsors sessions on Dante at various scholarly gatherings during the academic year, publishes an electronic journal of critical notes: EBDSA.
  • Giovanni Pascoli Archive contains 60,000 digitized documents, which includes manuscripts, correspondence and photos for a total of 150,000 images. The archive is fully searchable online.
  • Enciclopedia Treccani: searchable online dictionary and encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia is divided in 5 subjects, which includes the Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani (Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Biblioteca Italiana: offers access to a collection of digitised texts which span from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century selected to represent Italian literary history.
  • Italian Studies Web lists scholarly resources for Italian studies. The guide is curated and managed by members of the European Studies Section (ESS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries
  • Digital Dante contains the Divine Comedy text in the Petrocchi edition with English translations by Mandelbaum and Longfellow. Pages include illustrations sourced from Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Digital Dante features  original scholarship on Dante in various contexts including Image, Sound, History and Text. 

The resources listed below are freely available online, you might find some of them useful:

  • Project Runeberg proivdes free electronic editions of old books from Sweden and the Nordic countries, one of the largest Nordic literature site on the web.
  • NORA (Norwegian Open Research Archives): searchable catalogue of materials held in open access institutional repositories in Norway. It covers all areas of the social sciences, sciences, arts and humanities with a special emphasis upon Norwegian and Scandinavian politics, economics, history and society.
  • Dansk Biografisk Lexikon: a digital facsimile of the 19 volumes published between 1887 and 1905. The Dansk biografisk Lexikon gives biographical summaries of Danish figures of cultural significance.
  • Timarit.is: this digital library comprise over a thousand of journals and national newspapers titles (historical and current titles). The database was created as collaborative project between the National Libraries of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Island. On some, recent publications there might be an embargo of 2-4 years, otherwise this is a very useful resouce to use to research publications which might be unavailable outside their countries.
  • Scandinavian Studies Web lists scholarly resources for Scandinavian studies. The guide is curated and managed by members of the European Studies Section (ESS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries

The resources listed below are freely available online, you might find some of them useful: