Guidance for Finding Foreign-Language Materials in the Harvard Libraries

Overview:

https://guides.library.harvard.edu/literature/foreignlanguageliteratures (linked from https://guides.library.harvard.edu/literature)

 

Contact a librarian:

https://ask.library.harvard.edu/.

 

To focus your HOLLIS results to items in a specific language:

 

  1. Use the “Language” filter after you search to refine down to a specific language (usually on the right side of the page)
  2. Go to Advanced Search and select a language from the “Language” drop-down before you search
  3. Use the Code: MARC Language option
  • Use filters to narrow further, e.g. Resource Type: film/video

 

Find language-learning materials (such as textbooks):

 

1. In HOLLIS (options may be limited)

 

Use the “subject” field in HOLLIS Advanced Search and add:

  • [name of language]

AND

(choose one of the following subject terms)

  • “Study and teaching”
  • Grammar
  • Textbooks
  • “Conversation and phrase books”
  • Dictionaries

 

2. In nearby public libraries (options often more extensive)

 

Cambridge Public Library and Boston Public Library may offer more sources of language-learning materials. Try the same searches outlined above in their catalogs: Minuteman Catalog (includes Cambridge Public Library); Boston Public Library catalog.

 

3. In BorrowDirect and WorldCat (for less common languages)

 

If working in a less common language, you will need to search farther afield:

 

Find fiction and films in HOLLIS:

 

HOLLIS Advanced Search

 

 

Explore databases of foreign-language texts, streaming media, and more:

 

Tips for searching databases.hollis.harvard.edu

 

 

Find entire collections:

 

On library.harvard.edu, try one or two simple search terms for a language, country, region, or culture to learn more about particular areas of focus in the library’s holdings as well as the experts who curate them.