Foreign Language Research Guide

Use this research guide as a starting point for finding books, articles and Internet sites relating to the various foreign languages studied here at SCC.

Searching for Books


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If you're interested in finding books about your topic, go to the library home page.  From here you can enter your search terms/keywords (or author or title) in the search box located underneath the heading: "Search the SCC library for books and videos."

When you get to the results screen, remember that it's important to write down the full call number from the item record (the page you get to after clicking on the book title).  Also, keep in mind that some of the results that come up may be ebooks.

If the book you need isn't available here at SCC, expand your search to other college and university libraries around Missouri using MOBIUS.  This is a great resource if a book you need happens to be checked out or is only available at another institution.  Once requested the book will be delivered to the SCC Circulation Desk within 2-3 business days.  An email will be sent to your Cougar Mail account when the item arrives.

* If you need help requesting a book through MOBIUS, call 636-922-8620 or stop by the reference desk for assistance*

Using Databases | Finding Articles

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We have a number of databases available to give you access to countless journal, magazine and newspaper articles.  Below are a few databases that might be the best place for you to start your search for articles pertaining to foreign languages and dealing with different cultures.

All databases are available through the library website and can be accessed off-campus by SCC students, faculty and staff with a valid SCC ID number.

To access our databases from home:

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Academic Search Premier

Scholarly/peer-reviewed, full-text articles from leading journals and reference sources.


Search newspapers, legal cases, companies, countries and biographical information.

Discovering Collection

A variety of full-text reference databases, including literature, biography, science, history and country profiles.

Finding Reference Books


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Reference books are a great starting point for your research; they offer background information and give you a better overall understanding of your topic. When you need scholarly print resources for your works cited page, these are great materials to use!

You can find a reference book by title or subject using the library catalog and finding the call number.  If you have any problems/trouble, check at the reference desk for assistance.

Here's a taste of a few helpful reference materials and call number ranges you can find in our reference section on the first floor of the library:

  • The Concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage.
    PJ 6640 .O93 1982
  • Encyclopedias, cultural information, history, literature and travel resources relevant to Arabic studies.
    DS 35 - DS 63
  • Standard Dictionary: French-English, English-French
    PC 2640 .S73 1994
  • Encyclopedias, cultural information, history, literature and travel resources relevant to French studies
    DC 1 - DC 947
  • Random House German-English, English-German Dictionary
    PF 3640 .R35 1998
  • Encyclopedias, cultural information, history, literature and travel resources relevant to German studies
    DD 1 - DD 905
  • The Oxford Spanish Dictionary: Spanish-English, English-Spanish.
    PC 4640 .O94 2003
  • Encyclopedias, cultural information, history, literature and travel resources relevant to Spanish studies.
    DP 1 - DP 402 & F 1201 - F 3799

Online Resources

There are a number of helpful online resources that can help you with the various foreign languages we teach here at SCC.  Here are a few links to get you started:

Arabic resource links

French resource links

German resource links

Spanish resource links

You can also check out BBC Languages for language overviews and grammar help.

Updated by:

Julia Porter

Julia Porter, Reference Librarian
636-922-8620 (Reference Desk)
or 636-922-8450 (Direct Line)