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Modern Languages: Understanding Your Reading Lists

Understanding Your Reading Lists

Your module handbook will list all the material you need to read for your module.  Usually it will be divided by week and also into "essential" and "secondary" readings.  Finding the material can be a bit confusing as it isn't all going to be in the same place.

The best starting point is Canvas - you can find out more about it here.  Many of your readings will be found here.

Not everything you need will be on Canvas - you will also find material in the library or electronically using the library catalogue.  The library supplies both print and electronic resources.  The videos below will show you how to find books, chapters and articles in the library.

JSTOR and Project Muse


JSTOR and Project Muse are online collections of e-journals.  Your lecturer and reading lists may refer to material being available here.  You can access them from QCat for the links on this page.  Alternatively you can use Article Search on the library homepage as it also searches the content of JSTOR and Project Muse.

Suggest a book

On your reading list? Not in the library? Let us know!

The library makes every effort to hold the key texts you need for your modules.

If you are unable to find a book from one of your reading lists on the Library Catalogue, please let us know by completing this form.

Common Abbreviations Used In Handbooks and Reading Lists

You reading list or handbook will often have notes beside readings to help you find them.  These are some of the commonest:

Canvas means that the resource will be available on Canvas.

EJ or Electronic Journal means the reading is available electronically through the library.  You should be able to find electronic articles using Article Search (see below).

e-book, ebook or electronic book means an online version of the book will be available through QCat (the library catalogue).  To find out more see our e-book pages.

SL or Short Loan means the book is located in the Short Loan Collection on the ground floor of the McClay Library.

JSTOR or Project Muse e-journal databases - see the box on this page.

Finding Books

Searching for Articles

Finding Book Chapters