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Library Guides

Modern Languages: Further help

Library basics

For up-to-date information about using our libraries, have a look at our Guide to Library and Archive Services.


Languages and Translation students will normally use the Harvard Style of referencing, but check your course handbook in case an alternative referencing style is used on your course.

If using the Harvard Style, you should refer to the Westminster Harvard Guide which includes examples for how to reference the most common source types.

Using other libraries

Inter-Library loans

If the book or journal article you need is not available at our libraries or online for free, you can request it from an external library. This is known as an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) request. See the link below for further information about making an Inter-Library Loan request.

Inter-Library Loans

If you have any questions regarding your ILL requests, please contact us at


In line with Government guidelines, and following the closure of library buildings, the SCONUL Access scheme will be suspended until further notice.

No new applications can be made during this period.

The British Library

The British Library is the national research library of the United Kingdom and contains some of the best collections in the world, including over 45,000 electronic journals and 800 electronic databases. Both print and digital resources are accessed in the British Library Reading Rooms.