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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

We will be unable to supply any new ILL requests for printed material for the foreseeable future.

However, please continue to place requests for books, as we may be able to supply them electronically. We can still provide digital copies of journal articles and chapters of books (subject to copyright restrictions) where possible.

If anyone has any questions regarding their 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.

To use the British Library reading rooms, you will need to already have a Reader Pass with an expiry date of or after 18 March 2020.

Further information on using the British Library reading rooms.