French, German, Italian & Spanish - Finding Articles

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with.

Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals – perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for French, German, Italian and Spanish Studies, plus Combined Modern Languages and some aspects of Applied Languages:


The Spanish equivalent of JSTOR covering over 2000 Humanities and Social Science journals published in Spain. Although this can help you locate articles written in Spanish, you don't get the full article for everything.


CAIRN lets you browse or search recent issues of journals written in French covering history, politics/IR, economics and contemporary society. Journals on CAIRN go back to about 2002 so if you want anything earlier or need other French journals use Persée.


An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects. You will need to search other databases to find the most recent years.

• Persée 

The French equivalent of JSTOR providing thousands of articles in French on humanities and social science topics. 'Revues scientifiques' is the French term for academic journals - just click that link if you want an alphabetical list of the journals available.

Search e-journals and reports gathered by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – useful if you want articles in German. If searching for words with Umlauts, replace the Umlaut with the letter "e" e.g. ue. As the search results will contain a mixture of free articles and those that need paying for, tick the option on the left to see the free articles and reports.

More Specialist Sources

Try these especially for dissertation work

Search lots of German and Austrian Library catalogues in one go. This site also gives access to Italian libraries.


Search all Spanish University Library catalogues in one go.


Search all French University Library catalogues in one go.


• Debatte 

A peer-reviewed journal covering German and East European history, politics and current affairs

A good source of peer-reviewed articles covering all aspects of history across Europe from the later Middle Ages right up to the end of the twentieth century.

A peer-reviewed journal covering French literature, cinema, television, the press, the visual arts, popular culture, and cultural and intellectual debate.

A useful source of peer-reviewed articles about French social and political topics from the early twentieth century onwards.

The top, peer-reviewed journal covering German history.

The leading, international, peer-reviewed journal covering German politics and public policy.

A useful source of peer-reviewed articles about German social and political topics from the early twentieth century onwards.

A key source of peer-reviewed articles about Spain and Portugal from the beginning of the twentieth century onwards.

A key, peer-reviewed journal covering many cross-Europe topics of interest to courses taught at Portsmouth.

A very popular peer-reviewed journal covering a broad range of Italian topics.

The top, peer-reviewed journal for French topics taught at Portsmouth.

A key peer-reviewed journal whose focus is the history, politics and social, economic and cultural studies of Italy, Italian affairs and the Italian peoples from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century.

A good source of peer-reviewed articles covering social and political topics across Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.

One of the most authoritative, peer-reviewed journals covering political and social issues in Western Europe. It always provides excellent coverage of all national elections in Western Europe.

News Services & Archives

Access the articles from this German daily from 1996 onwards

German weekly with articles accessible from 1946 onwards

This archive gives you highly respected commentary and analysis of global news each week from 1843 to 2015. Search by subject or browse by date. The articles are full facsimiles, including photos and charts. 
Read about financial crises as they happened.

Access articles from this key Spanish daily

• The Guardian and Observer Archives not in Discovery 

Access stories and photos from The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)

• L'Humanité 1904-1944 not in Discovery 

Archives of the French newspaper which was socialist up to 1920, then became communist 

Archives of regional French newspapers from the early twentieth century.

• Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980's.

Regional and national newspapers from the UK, Europe, the USA and Australasia, dating from the 1980s onwards. Nexis also contains the text of articles from European weekly news magazines e.g. L’Express, Le Point, Der Spiegel

• The Times: Digital Archive 1785-2013 not in Discovery 

Search over 200 years of articles. Articles are full facsimiles of what was published on the day and you can view the article in its original page location if you want.

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