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Before you begin, consider your searching options.

For Search Terms Use:
variant spellings in the original language
English language variations, transliterations, etc.
narrower terms (in English and the original language)
related ideas (in English and the original language)
In a Database, Library Catalog or Web site:
checkmark Use the indexes to browse and identify subject fields for your topics.
checkmark Search all relevant fields, such as author, title keyword, subject, etc.
checkmark Limit search results to original language (i.e. French or Spanish), if possible.
checkmark Use both the English and foreign language spelling.
  • Article Databases
  • Books
  • eBooks
  • Journals/e-
  • Sr. Paper TIPS & ILL
  • Web
Modern Language - Article Databases

Use these to find articles, essays, book reviews, conference papers and more in scholarly journals and magazines. Some databases may include book chapters; some now include web site links with abstracts (click "Web" tab above).

Academic Search Complete
Includes multiple language resources.

Offers access to more than 300,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages. Includes multiple language resources.
MasterFILE Premier
Google Scholar
Includes multiple language resources.
America: History and Life with Full Text
Includes multiple language resources.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text
Includes multiple language resources.
Humanities International Complete
Includes multiple language resources.
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EBSCO databases

Modern Language - Books

See: Find... Books & ebooks

  • To doStart with a few, key terms.
  • Search the subject fields: Subject keyword, subject begins with, etc.
  • For information about a book:
    • Use the book's title for a subject search.
    • Search the title in its original language and English translation.
    • Are there variant spellings?
  • For information about an author:
    • Use the author's name for subject search.
    • Search any variant spellings.
    • Limit to a foreign language, if possible.
  • Use the Table of Contents and index to find your topic or subject in the book and to see how it relates to other topics. (This may offer ideas for new search terms.)
Google books free on the Web free on the Web

star Use Advanced Search to limit your items to a specific language.
If the book is not available at ORU, use the Interlibrary Loan 'Request Item' option in WorldCat (shown below). Or, you can use the online ILL Request Form.
WorldCat record

In the Library
Books are shelved in Library of Congress (LC) call number order, so similar subjects will be shelved next to each other. Search the author, keyword or title you need in the library catalog to see if the book is available at ORU.
See: Library of Congress Classification Outline | ORU Modified LC Outline.

Modern Language - ebooks

ebrary ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
arrow TIP: Chapter Results
Do a search. Click the Chapter Results tab to view the 20 most relevant chapters from your ebooks results list.
ebraryarrow TIP: Call Number Sections
To browse ebrary titles in a specific call number section (shown right): Use Advanced search. Change Search in menu to LC Call Number. Type the call numbers (see LC outlines). Click Search ebrary.
arrow TIP: Language Limits
To find books in a specific language, use advance search and change Search in menu to Document Language (options include English, Spanish, French, and German).
NetLibrary ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
Use Advanced Search to search several fields, enter multiple terms and limit results. Use Related Topics on the results page to link to additional ebooks.
Project Gutenberg Free on the Web

Browse ebooks by Language: French | Spanish
Credo Reference Center ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.

For general information on ebooks see: Find...Books & ebooks

Modern Language - Periodicals & eJournals

A to Z Journals List (journals, magazines, trade publications, etc.)

All indexed titles (more than 3,000) in Classe Periodica database.

If you have an article citation and need to find the full-text article see: Find...Articles

For general information see: Find...Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, etc.)

Modern Language - Sr. Paper TIPS & ILL



Professors are an excellent resource. Consider an interview with or email to someone who has

  1. traveled to your area of interest,
  2. researched your topic, or
  3. published relevant information.

Organizations and associations can also provide helpful information. As an example, search france association in Google, Teoma. Ixquick and/or Yipee!.

Encyclopedia Britannica, which includes biographies, historical events, timelines, video clips and much more, may be an excellent resource for background information. Browse media clips by subject.


Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If the article you need is not available at ORU, you may request it through ILL.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be certain to determine that the ORU Library does not own the item you need BEFORE requesting it through Interlibrary Loan. If you are unsure how this is done, ask for help at the Reference Desk

How long does it take?
Two days - two weeks. Some items are available nearby; others may take a week or more to obtain from out-of-state. Dissertations, obscure publications, and foreign imprints may take longer and may carry an additional surcharge due to the need to request them from a top tier research library.

What does it cost?
ILL request fee for students is $2.00 per request. If you request a book, you are responsible for the return postage (usually $2.00-$3.00) at the time you pick up the book. The ILL dept. will let you know the amount due when they email to let you know the item has arrived.
Sr. Paper studentsstarwho attend a LIBBI-499ILL workshop, or comparable library session their sr. paper class, will get the $2.00/item fee waived on their sr. paper requests.

Can I check out the item from another library?
If you have library privileges at another library, such as Tulsa City County Library, and want to check the item out from that library, search the item in WorldCat and see which libraries own it.

How do I get the items I request?
You will receive an emaill when it is ready to pick up.
Books and articles will be available to pick up at the Circulation Desk on LRC-4. Fees may be paid with cash or Eagle Bucks when items are picked up.

Modern Language - Websites

Subject Directories
Annotated academic sites, subject databases, electronic journals and more selected by librarians. Drill down the Library of Congress Classification Directory.
Directory of librarian-selected, annotated sites. ipl2 a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII). Citing ipl2
French Culture: Search Engine List Engines
Selected Sites
Cooperative project to digitize main text of literature. Includes texts in French, Spanish and Portuguese, German.
Online Text Collections in Western European Literature
Includes "literary texts in the western European languages other than English." About
Embassy of France in the United States
Features information on current news about French foreign policy, articles, fact sheets, links to French Web sites and more. Free subscriptions to Daily Press Briefing, Standpoint (France's official position), and American Press Review.
French Culture (by Mohamed Mekkawi, Howard University)
Selective list of links to sites (in French) about French history, culture, government, current events, search tools and more.
Le Monde Interactif
France's major daily newspaper
Online European newspapers listed by country.