Literature, Languages and Linguistics library subject guide , Aratohu kaupapa mō te mātātuhi, ngā reo me te wetereo

Learn where to start your research in literature, languages and linguistics.

Article databases

Search these databases for the articles you need in your study or research.


Searches most article databases simultaneously, including MLA International Bibliography and Index New Zealand

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Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts

Linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences.

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MLA International Bibliography

Modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.

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Index New Zealand

Articles published in New Zealand magazines and newspapers, and publications about New Zealand and the South Pacific

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Google Scholar

Academic sources.

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Shakespeare's Globe on Screen

Thirty Shakespeare plays recorded live on the Globe stage from 2008 to 2018.

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Terms and conditions for library online resources

Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Books and ebooks

Find books and ebooks, including early books published 1475-1800.

Search Discover

Find books, journals, DVDs & other material.

Search Libraries Worldwide

For postgraduate students and staff to find and request books that are not held by any Massey University Library.

Find books, ebooks and textbooks

Google Books

Searches across the full-text content of a huge range of books. You can then check by searching Discover to see if the book is held by Massey University Library. About this resource

Find theses and research reports

Find Massey, New Zealand, and international theses.

EEBO (Early English Books Online)

Full text of books, statutes and public documents published 1475-1700.

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ECCO TCP (Eighteenth Century Collections Online Text Creation Partnership)

Open access full text of early print books.

Book Reviews

Search Discover or a recommended article database using the keywords: [book title] (in double quotation marks if more than one word " ") and [review*]

Videos and streaming

View videos of Shakespeare's plays, programmes in various languages, and more.


Recorded and live material from New Zealand and selected international channels. Includes programmes in Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish and other languages, and content relevant to literature and linguistics topics. About this resource

Shakespeare's Globe on Screen

Thirty Shakespeare plays recorded live on the Globe stage from 2008 to 2018. About this resource

Concepts and background information

Find definitions and encyclopedia articles.

Concepts and definitions

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
The meaning, history, and pronunciation of present and past English words. About this resource

Oxford Reference
English and bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, quotations and English language reference works. About this resource

Cambridge Dictionary
A range of dictionaries including those recommended for learners of English.

Māori Dictionary
Te aka Māori-English, English-Māori dictionary.

New Zealand Sign Language Dictionary
Multimedia, multilingual dictionary. Search by English or Māori keywords.

Background information

ScienceDirect Reference Works
Cross-search a range of encyclopedias, handbooks and other reference material. About this resource

Includes the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences.

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