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From the Oxford English Dictionary.

Modern Languages

1. pl. Living or modern-day languages (often contrasted with ancient languages, esp. classical Latin and Greek) as a subject of study; spec. the modern European languages, esp. French and German, as a subject of study.

2. Any one of these languages.

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Articles, Databases

Albertsons Library provides access to over 230 research databases and indexes via its "Articles, Databases" link on the library's homepage:

We have created several subject-specific lists of databases germane to your topic. The following databases cover the spectrum of World Languages:  

Basque Database

  • Created at the Basque Studies Library at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Access to information about Basque topics written or produced after 1994.
  • Topics include culture and society, literature, language, women, feminism and gender studies, history, philosophy & religion, music and the arts.


  • Comprehensive bibliographic resource covering the Mexican-American, Chicano and the broader Latino experience.
  • Includes the Spanish Speaking Mental Health Database, covering psychological, sociological and educational literature.
  • ndex; the Chicana Studies Index: Twenty Years of Gender Research, 1971-1991; and Hispanic Mental Health Research: A Reference Guide, covering 1920-1980 .

Ethnic NewsWatch

  • An interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses.
  • This current database begins its coverage in 1990. 

Fuente Académica

  • Collection of scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain.
  • All major subject areas are covered with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion, and sociology.
  • Updated on a weekly basis and currently offers the full text for more than 450 publications from 18 countries. 

HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index) online

  • Over 275,000 journal article citations about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.
  • Provides over 60,000 links to the full text of articles appearing in more than 600 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world. 

LexisNexis Academic

  • Cross-discipline database with access to non-English full-text news sources from around the world.

Literature Resource Center

  • Full-text scholarly articles from more than 360 academic journals and literary magazines—the majority peer-reviewed—as well as excerpts from scholarly monographs, literary correspondence and diaries. 

Literary Index

  • Gale's Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale.
  • Combines and cross-references over 165,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for over 215,000 titles into one source.

    Literary Criticism Online

    • Search across multiple literary works including the Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB), Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC), Poetry Criticism (PC), and more.

    MLA International Bibliography

    • The MLA International Bibliography is a subject index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.
    • Electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1925 and contains over 2 million citations from more than 4,400 periodicals (including peer-reviewed e-journals) and 1,000 book publishers.
    • International coverage is represented by literature from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America, and while the majority of records are from English-language publications, at least sixty other languages are represented including French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Swedish.


    Interdisciplinary databases:


    Academic search premier

    • Full text articles available
    • Cross-discipline scholarly database

    Essay and Literature Index

    • 65,000 essays contained in some 5,300 anthologies and collections
    • 300 single and multi-author collections are indexed annually
    • Coverage spans the entire range of the humanities and social sciences, with subject coverage ranging from economics, political science, and history to criticism of literary works, art history, drama, and film.

    JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive

    • Full text articles available
    • Cross-discipline scholarly database

    ProQuest Dissertations

    • Comprehensive collection of multidisciplinary dissertations and theses

    SAGE Premier

    • Cross-discipline scholarly database

    Subject Guide

    Memo Cordova
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