Selected Resources for: European Studies

Subject Librarian:

Gordon Anderson

This guide covers the study of contemporary Western Europe (including Great Britain). Other relevant subject guides are: East European, Scandinavian, and Iberian Studies.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Anthropology Plus brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK. Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. The index offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present.

ATLA lists journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Some listings link to full text of articles. More about ATLA

Covers the world's scholarship in history from 1450 to the present.

The IMB is an interdisciplinary guide to the study of the Middle Ages, the period 476-1500. Geographic coverage extends across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, covering resources in over 25 languages. Note: The IMB provides downloadable software to view and print non-English diacritics and special characters.
Also available in print in Wilson Reference D111 .I56x

Iter is a bibliography of over 230,000 articles and reviews drawn from over 475 medieval and renaissance journal titles.

LLBA covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is also given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.

CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration & public policy.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Hosted by the Royal Irish Academy Library (Dublin), Irish History Online is an authoritative guide (in progress) to what has been written about Irish history from earliest times to the present. It currently contains over 77,000 bibliographic records (February 2012). Over 3,200 new entries were added to the database during 2011, while a further 11,400 existing entries were upgraded.


The Hathi Trust is a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a number of academic institutions.

Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

Provides bibliographic citations of books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, and other resources. WorldCat includes holdings information for nearly 30,000 libraries worldwide.

National Bibliographies

This link goes to the catalogs page. Start a search in either the Catalogue général or The Union Catalog of France (Catalogue Collectif de France/CCFr).

The German National Library is central archival library and national bibliographic centre for the Federal Republic of Germany. Its task, unique in Germany, is to collect, permanently archive, comprehensively document and record bibliographically without gap all German and German-language publications from 1913 on and to make them available to the public.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

This reference work provides 50,000 specially-written signed biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000. Licensed for 1 user at a time.

An extensive index to and archive of articles on over 6 million persons from the 16th through the 21st centuries. At present the Libraries own WBIS archives for Scandinavia, the German-speaking countries, Poland, Czecho-Slovakia and Russia. The WBIS index provides reference to the remaining archives.

Country Studies

Published and updated weekly, the Central Intelligence Agency's online directory of Chiefs of State ... is a reference aid. It includes most governments of the world, some of them not officially recognized by the United States.

The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.

Published annually, this brief guide profiles the economy, government, land, demographics, communications, and national defense establishments of 191 nations and other political entities. Prior years may be accessed via Countries of the World. Tables of data items in each country's profile can be viewed from the Notes and Definitions link. Click on the term being defined and a table for all countries will appear.


Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848


Provides detailed information on countries of the world including statistical surveys, information on
government, finance, religion, press, publishers, radio and television, etc.

Very useful and reliable yearbook providing concise, descriptive and statistical information on countries
of the world. Includes selected bibliographies for further research.

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

"mille trésors de la Bibliothèque nationale de France" The BnF's digital archive features high-resolution digital images of manuscripts, documents, books, art works and other graphics, photos of physical objects from antiquity to the early 20th century, and audio-visual files. A detailed description of Gallica's contents can be found at

Gateways & Megasites

A gathering of selected European resources including newspapers, historical and literary documents, and more.

Web Sites

The gateway to the world's library web sites.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

Digizeitschriften provides access to over 110 core German Research Journals.

delivers a complete, full-text searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2008. Full-colour images, multiple search indexes, and the facility to browse each and every issue - all combine to offer a unique primary source covering the 19th and 20th centuries.

Persee provides full-text access to backfiles (in many cases, quite long) of selected French social-science and humanities scholarly journals. So far, some 36 titles are included in the subjects of archaeology, art, anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, literature, political science, psychology, sociology, and the social sciences in general..

To view the individual journals, click on the link provided and then on Journals overview

News Sources

Full text database of media outlets, trade publications, news sources and websites that has international coverage. Includes daily newspapers, transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.

Due to licensing restrictions for academic subscriptions, not all of the news sources in Factiva are available. See this list of Excluded Titles. If you need assistance using Factiva, please contact the Journalism Librarian.

Preceded by Keesing's contemporary archives (1931-1986), this British weekly abstracting service has long been known as a "record of national and international current affairs with continually updated indexes."

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.

Full-text summaries of foreign newspaper articles, conference proceedings, radio and television broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports. Formerly published as FBIS and JPRS Reports.

Primary Source Materials

Government Documents

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers are among the richest and most detailed primary sources for the history of the past two centuries. This digital collection features publications issued officially by the House of Commons from 1688 to the present and by the House of Lords from 1688 to 1834.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

The European Union's web site provides basic information on the European Union, key issues, access to official documents, legal texts, publications and direct links to individual institution's Web sites.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

The Eurostat website contains a mix of statistical information in PDF pages, pre-defined tables and interactive databases. The coverage varies by topic, but some data goes back at least to 1929. All content is freely available.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Research Guides

By Umberto Eco, in print and unrevised since 1977 (Eco wrote an augmented introduction in 1985). "Written in the age of typewriters, card catalogs, and writing pads, How to Write a Thesis is less about the final outcome than about the path and method of arriving there." [from the foreword by Francesco Erspamer]. First published in English translation only in 2015.

Style Manuals

The standard work and most comprehensive of the style manuals. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by new technologies, use the latest methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources.

Rev. ed. of the MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing / Joseph Gibaldi. 2nd ed. 1998.

Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.

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