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This guide is intended for students of Modern Languages as well as other members of the Carnegie Mellon community who wish to develop and maintain their language skills or simply have fun with languages and cultures

Liaison - English & Modern Languages

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Ethan Pullman
109B Hunt Library,
Carnegie Mellon University
4909 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Liaison Departments:
English, Modern Languages, & Philosophy
Additional Interdisciplinary responsibilities: Ethnic/Minority Studies, & Gender/LGBT studies
(412) 268- 5018

About Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon

The Modern Languages Department is one of the fastest-growing departments at Carnegie Mellon.  Students from a wide variety of colleges and programs are enrolled in language courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.  They study  language in the context of culture and society.  Short papers and presentations are required at all stages of the language-learning process.

The department also offers a masters degree in Applied Second Language Acquisition and a PhD in Second Language Acquisition.

The Libraries have a modest collection of materials in foreign languages, mostly reflecting specific curricular needs.  Access to the language collections at the University of Pittsburgh is extremely important for in-depth research in area studies.

 As Modern Languages librarian, I'm here to help you find whatever information you're looking for.  Please get in touch at any time for advice and assistance.

Tips for finding non-English sources

Need to find non-English sources?  Here are some tips that will work for all languages.

  1. Use Advanced Search and limit by language (if available).  In general, most online databases support direct target language searching.  When searching library catalogs (such as Carnegie Mellon University's catalog - CAMEO), or any of our online databases and web search engines such as Wikipedia, Google Scholar, or Google Books, use the target language.
  2.  Look for foreign-language reference books.  Many are available here at CMU, but also check the University of Pittsburgh's catalog and make sure to visit their specialized collectionos such as the East Asian Library, and the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection.
  3.  Check one of the following sources:
    a.  ABYZ News Links - a newspaper and news media index of for all countries.  Each country listing has online newspaper and media (such as radio and TV broadcasts) in English and the country's national language.  
    b.  Directory of Open Access Journals - Free access to scholarly articles, including non-English sources.
    c.  Ethnic Newswatch - contains ethnic and minority magazine and newspaper articles, 1959-present.  Though mostly in English, you can narrow by language for their non-English sources.
    d.  HathiTrust Digital Library - Text-mine (full text search) over 10 million digitized works and create customized collections.
    e.  Hispanic American Newspapers - The single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. Features hundreds of titles, including many published bilingually in Spanish and English.
    f.  Lexis-Nexis Academic - is one of the most comprehensive foreign language newspaper and news sources.  You can browse by type of resource and country.

Relevant Guides

Quick Dictionary Guide

Online dictionaries are good for quick look-ups.  Here's where you can find them them in different languages.