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Resources by format

Here are listed guides for finding materials based on their formats.

The University Libraries has a number of foreign language learning materials, including books, CDs, and software. In addition, our collections include international literature titles in the original language and translated into English. We also offer titles on American Sign Language.

The library does not offer a translation service, but we may be able to suggest resources to aid in translations. The ACRL's Translation resources on the Web: A guide to accurate, free sites PDF is a useful example.

Online software

Pimsleur CDs

The library has purchased a number of Pimsleur language programs on audio CDs. The Pimsleur programs provide a method of self-practice with an expert teacher and native speakers in lessons specially designed to work with the way the mind naturally acquires language information. The various components of language — vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar— are all learned together without rote memorization and drills. Offered languages include Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, plus English for speakers of Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.

Use Discovery Search

To find foreign language instruction material in Discovery Search, use the advanced search page to perform a subject search on the name of your language followed by language, i.e. French language. This search will return books, instructional CDs, software, and additional formats. You can combine this subject search with additional sub-headings for more refined results (not every sub-heading will be used for every language):

  • composition and exercises
  • conversation and phrase books
  • dictionaries - English
  • glossaries, vocabularies, etc.
  • grammar
  • pronunciation
  • self-instruction
  • spoken [language] i.e. spoken French
  • study and teaching
  • terms and phrases
  • textbooks for foreign speakers
  • vocabulary

American Sign Language

Search Discovery Search by subject for American Sign Language for a list of books about sign language and instructional guides.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (ToEFL)

The library has a few books and other materials on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. See also the English Language Institute.

Foreign language novels

The library has many novels and other works of fiction in languages other than English. You can search Discoverty Search by title (including translated titles), authors, or keywords and use the Language facet to limit your results. Note that works translated into English often have the code for the original language included in the record, so note what language the primary title is listed as to determine the actual published language.

We also have ebooks of novels in foreign languages. (Most are historical works.)

Foreign language films

Foreign language films are a great way to hear a language in use, and English captions can help in understanding what you are hearing. Most of our foreign language DVDs will include English subtitles. Most of these DVDs can be recognized because the main title that displays in search results will be in the foreign language. We also have access to thousands of foreign-language movies on streaming platforms.