Foreign Languages

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Foreign Languages Databases

Fuente Academica (EBSCO) - Spanish
Provides PDF full text for more than 330 scholarly publications covering many areas of academic study including business & economics, medical sciences, political science, law, computer science, library & information sciences, literature, linguistics, history, philosophy and theology. Content is provided in Spanish from respected publishers worldwide, including Revista de Arquitectura, Estudios Sobre Educacion, Revista de Estudios Hispanicos, Comunicacion y Sociedad, Revista de Ciencia Politica, Revista Historia, and more.

Enciclopedia Moderna (Britannica) - Spanish
Part of Spanish Reference Center, Enciclopedia Moderna includes thousands of encyclopedia articles and images. In addition to encyclopedia content, the resource includes a dictionary, atlas, and timelines. Enciclopedia Moderna is an appropriate resource for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO) - multiple languages
This database offers a detailed bibliography of journal articles, books, and dissertations dating back to the 1920s. Included are over 1.8 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series, and 1,000 book publishers. The indexed materials coverage is international and includes almost 60 titles from JSTOR's language and literature collection as well as links to full text.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) - multiple languages
This multi-disciplinary full-text database includes more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

JSTOR - multiple languages
This database provides access to complete back files of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. This database provides archives of 82 journals related to language and literature including PMLA with coverage back to 1889.  JSTOR's agreement with publishers include an updating provision referred to as a "moving wall," which is a fixed period of time ranging, in most cases, from 2 to 5 years, that defines the gap between the most recently published issue of any journal and the date of the most recent issue available in JSTOR.  For this reason, JSTOR is mostly useful for historical research.

Web of Science (Web of Knowledge/Thomson Reuters) - multiple languages
Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Covers both domestic and international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings, and Web sites.

Literary Reference Center (EBSCO) - multiple languages
This full-text literary reference database provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day. Information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available elsewhere are provided in this database.

Foreign Languages Journals

Browse Foreign Languages journals in the Mercer Library Catalog to view our print holdings.

Journals in and about foreign languages and literature are available electronically in full text. You can search by journal title in the Full Text Electronic Journal List.

The following subject areas are available:

Foreign Languages Books

Search the library catalog to find books available in the Mercer University Library. Items held at other Mercer University Library locations can be ordered by clicking the "Request" button and filling in the required information. Items not available in the University Library may be requested via Interlibrary Loan at no charge.

Books in and on foreign languages and literature available in the Tarver Library on the 3rd floor include these Library of Congress classification numbers:

    • PC 2001 - 3761 French language
    • PQ 1 - 3999 French literature
    • PC 4001 - 4977 Spanish language
    • PQ 6001 - 8929 Spanish literature
    • PF 3001 - 5999 German language
    • PT 1 - 4897 German literature
    • PA 2001 - 2915 Latin language
    • PA 8001 - 8596 Medieval and modern Latin literature

Looking for books or DVDs written in a language other than English? Use these quick links to see a full listing of non-English collection items:

See what's new in your subject area at Tarver Library by viewing New Acquisitions. If you don't see a title in the list or in the online catalog, suggest new or additional titles that the library should purchase.

Foreign Language Learning Materials

The Tarver Library currently does not have any language learning materials on tape or CD. If you would like to use such materials, please contact The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (Knight Hall) at (478) 301-2895. Their audio labs are open to all Mercer patrons.

Foreign Languages Reference Sources in the Tarver Library


Webster's New World 575+ French Verbs, Reference PC2271 .S74 2005

French Grammar: A Complete Reference Guide, Reference PC2112 .C26 2005  


Concise Oxford-Duden German Dictionary: German-English, English-German, Reference PF3640 .C69 2005

Using German Vocabulary, Reference PF3445 .F34 2004

501 German Verbs, Reference PF3271 .S85


Oxford Latin Dictionary, Reference PA2365.E5 O9 1976 

A Glossary of Later Latin to 600 A.D, Reference PA2356 .S6 1957

Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin, Reference PA2891 .D53 1995

More Latin for the Illiterati: A Guide to Everyday Medical, Legal, and Religious Latin, Reference PA2365.E5 S77 1999 


501 Spanish Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses, Reference PC4271 .K38 2007

In addition, we have a multitude of dictionaries and grammar reference sources, which may be found in the reference collection as follows:

    • French: PC 2271 - PC 2680
    • German: PF 3105 - PF 3640
    • Latin: PA 2061 - PA 3002
    • Spanish: PC 4410 - PC 4271
    • Other Languages include Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Middle English, and many more!

Useful Foreign Languages Web Sites

An online multilingual dictionary containing words in 251 languages. In addition to translating a word, this dictionary also provides the definition, grammar, synonym, antonym, image, pronunciation, etc.

This site provides pronunciation guides to nine varieties of the English language and nine other languages, including French, French Canadian, German, Swiss German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Indonesian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Thai.

Online French, Italian, and Spanish Dictionary.

Literature & Culture of Francophone Africa & the Diaspora
This site, maintained by the Brown University Library, features resources on Francophone African literature, theater, and visual and performing arts. Searchable by region, resource type, subject, and language.

France in America
A bilingual, multi-format English-French digital library maintained by the Library of Congress. It tells the story of the French presence in America and the interactions between the French and American peoples from the early 16th to the late 19th centuries.

A digital library project of the French National Library. It provides access to 90,000 texts on a variety of subjects, 80,000 images, and hours of audio files. This searchable interface also provides access to browsable thematic categories.
This web site provides full-text access to many French journals in the social sciences and humanities. Each journal entry includes details of coverage (full-text or abstracts only.

Online French texts 
This website links to a variety of classical French works in the public domain, available freely online.