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Applied Language & Intercultural Studies

My name is Victoria Smyth and I am the Subject Librarian for Humanities & Social Sciences at DCU.

Welcome to the Applied Language and Intercultural Studies portal - a pathfinder to the wide range of high quality library resources available for intercultural, language, linguistic and translation studies. Use the tabs below to locate resources specific to your subject.

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DCU Library Guide to Harvard Style of Citing & Referencing
Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) Style Guide: a handbook for authors, editors and writers of theses 


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   -    Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias   -   Government Publications


The Library shelves print books firstly according to their:
Subject Matter: Click here for a list of list of Language, Linguistic and Translation Studies Shelf Mark Numbers
Then according to the appropriate collection (this is determined by whether the title is essential or supplementary reading).
Short Loan (borrowable for 3 hours or 48 hours) or
Main Lending (borrowable for 1 week or 3 weeks).
The majority of books you require will be located on the first floor which houses material relating to the Humanities and Social Sciences.


We now have access to over 5,000 e-books, all of which are searchable via the Catalogue. Remember to select e-books from the Collection menu.
The Library also purchases E-Books Collections, either in response to a direct request from SALIS staff or through the IReL consortium. Click here for a list of all our E Books Collections.

Recommended  -  Palgrave Language and Linguistics Collection   -   
Provides access to 22 e-books and spans a range of subject areas including Applied Linguistics, Pragmatics, Language and Globalization, Sociolinguistics and Discourse Studies.


View the Newspapers page for more information on print and online newspapers. 




A journal is a scholarly publication issued in parts, with a scholarly audience. It differs from a magazine which is a continuing publication, informal in tone, and intended for a general audience, not scholarly in nature. A journal's intent is to add to the body of knowledge on a given subject.

Accessing Journals

When you know the title of the journal you are looking for and have the Author, Article Title, Volume, Issue and Date details, use the A-Z of Journals. Click here to see an example

Access a list of all Journals - print and online – via these library links:


Romance Literatures




Developing Your Search Strategy | Quick Demo  -  A database is an organised collection of information stored in electronic format that can be fully searched. Library databases index hundreds of journals and will either provide the full article (full-text) or a summary (abstract) of the article. Like the Library catalogue, our databases can be searched by author, title or keyword. They also offer lots of other search options. The Library subscribes to over 130 databases supporting all programmes across the university.

Academic Search Complete  funded by   -  The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, provides full text access to over 4,600 full text and 3,600 peer-reviewed journals across a broad range of subjects areas.

Cambridge Journals Online  -  Cambridge Journals Online provides online access to over 200 journals across the humanities, social sciences including, history, literary studies, language and linguistics, political science and philosophy.

JSTOR   -  Short for Journal Storage, JSTOR provides access to an archive of 1,300 core scholarly journals in subject areas as diverse as Linguistics, African American Studies, Film Studies, Language and Literature.

Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts   -  CSA's LLBA abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. Subjects covered include Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics. Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

Literature Online  - With over a third of a million full-text works of poetry, prose and drama in English, together with the definitive online criticism and reference library, Literature Online is the world's largest cross-searchable database of literature and criticism. It runs from the 8th Century to present and includes 340,000 works of poetry, 6,000 works of Drama, 2,250 works of prose as well as 210 journals

MLA International Bibliography   -  Provides a classified listing and subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It comprises a collection of 1.6 million citations drawn from 4,400 journals and other key global sources. Runs from 1963 to the present.

Nexis UK (News & Business)  -  The new Lexis-Nexis platform for news and business, containing full text access to thousands of newspapers and company, financial and market research data.
E-tutorials | Database Guides

OmniFILE Full Text Mega    -  Now available via EBSCO,  OmniFile Full Text Mega is a multi-disciplinary database providing the complete content - indexing, abstracts, and full text - from six of Wilson's full-text databases: Education, General Science, Humanities, Readers' Guide, Social Sciences and Wilson Business encompassing almost 3,000 titles.
Coverage: varies according to title.

Project Muse  -  Covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies and political science, Project Muse offers over 400 full text titles from over 60 scholarly publishers. Recently added titles include: 'Studies in American Naturalism', 'Black Camera' and 'Anthropological Linguistics'

Taylor & Francis Online  -  Previously Informaworld. Access to 1000+ peer reviewed journal titles published by Taylor and Francis, and a selection of journals published by Routledge and Psychology Press, covering arts & humanities, social sciences, sport, physics, mathematics, and chemistry.
Database tutorials

Translation Studies Bibliography  -  A comprehensive resource for scholars of Translation Studies, Intercultural Studies and Cross Cultural Communication. Contains abstracts of articles from an extensive list of journals, electronic publications, collected volumes, and doctoral theses.

Web of Science: Arts & Humanities Citation Index  -  A multidisciplinary index which fully covers 1,160 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals including subjects such as Language Studies, Linguistics and Film Studies.

Wiley Interscience  -  Full-text access to over 400 Wiley journals including 85 Language and Linguistic titles and 174 titles in the field of Literature. Register to take advantage of alerting services and stay on top of the latest developments in your field.


If you're not sure which database to start with, try using Summon which enables you to search across some but not all of our databases at once.

Web Links


Academic Info:  Languages | Linguistics

Arts & Humanities Data Service: Literature, Language & Linguistics

BUBL: Languages | Literature | Arts

Digital Research and Projects in Ireland: Literature and Language

Intute: Languages | Linguistics | Translation Studies | Humanities

Irish Resources in the Humanities

Moving Image Gateway: Languages | Literature | Film | French | German

Open Directory Project: Languages | Linguistics

GEM : Languages

Dictionaries: Translating   | Search for Dictionaries

E Books

Corpus of Electronic Text (CELT)
The online resource for Irish History, Literature and Politics

Google Book Search
Google has joined forces with a number of Libraries and publishers to provide free access to books, if you don't get the entire book, you might get to see a sample chapter or the table of contents.

The Online Books Page
Features links to over 30,000 free books on the web

Project Gutenberg
The Internet's oldest producer of free e-books

Universal Digital Library
Free digitized collection of over 1 million books and other material

Staff & Researchers


Ordering Books & E-books - Online Order Form

Developing Your Student's Information Literacy Skills

Linking to e-resources via Moodle or the web


DORAS: DCU's Online Research Access Service

Impact Factors: keep track of who is citing you

IReL: Access to thousands of peer reviewed journals

RefWorks: online citation manager software

Research Commons: dedicated research suite

Using Other Libraries

ALCID Scheme: access collections of 18 Irish libraries

SCONUL Access: access and borrow from 157 UK and Irish libraries