French, German, Italian & Spanish - Recommended Sources

Useful for All

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

This archive contains analysis, research, debates and speeches from the Royal Institute of International Affairs from 1920-2008. Topics covered include the Spanish Civil War, the Cold War, energy security, nuclear disarmament, decolonisation etc. You can also listen to recordings of meetings and speeches as well as seeing the transcript in many cases.

Freely available, high quality dictionaries in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish with translations into other languages also provided. Audio files give the pronunciation for every word listed.

A brilliant source containing essays, maps, primary sources and an interactive chronology on the theme of Empire across the last 5 centuries

Read in-depth coverage about empires across the world from ancient to modern times. Entries include the Suez Crisis of 1956, the partition of Africa, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Dutch East Indies, propaganda and empire, decolonization in the French and British empires, postcolonialism and much more. 

• Europeana 

A cultural gateway into documents and images from across Europe.

Detailed information allowing you to compare education across 33 countries in Europe from pre-primary through to adult education.

Explore documents, fanzines, photos and newsreel footage to help understand these key decades when consumer culture and pop music took off and protest movements were big news.

Despite the name, this contains a newsreel footage section which has clips from Europe (e.g. mai ’68) and Algeria too.


Comprehensive details about the former French President and war leader.

Useful for immigration in France from 1820 onwards.

• Drancy 

Detailed information about the infamous French Second World War transit camp.

Historic photos and video clips from the French Ministry of Defence

The official website of the French Foreign Ministry.

A reputable list of high quality websites about French speaking countries.

• Gallica 

Access thousands of documents on this free service provided by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF). The service also contains e-books which you need to pay for, so if you find something of interest which isn't free, please contain your Faculty Librarian.

Access the full text of 120 French e-books covering history and society in the 20th century. You will find books about the Popular Front, De Gaulle, Algeria, decolonisation, First and Second World Wars and French television - have a look and see what else you can find!

French video clips on a wide variety of topics including French history.

A key source of information about contemporary France. There is lots of useful information in different parts of this site but the Dossiers are particularly helpful as they cover many topics which appear on your course.

• Larousse 

Free online encyclopedia from a major French publisher. The site also has access to bilingual dictionaries.

Detailed information about many aspects of daily life in France.

Site produced by the French Government aimed at those living in France containing practical advice on a wide range of topics from housing to education

Useful information about immigration and nationality in France.

Information about current French politics, economics and social topics produced by the French government.


German history portal with information also available in English


A German think tank specialising in foreign policy.

The official German government website

A reputable list of high quality websites about German speaking countries.

Witness testimonies, archives, and further resources on the Holocaust.

A good source of information about Germany from the early 1800s onwards.


A reputable list of high quality websites covering a broad range of Italian topics, including cinema, culture, history, literature and politics.


A key source of primary documents and photos covering the Spanish Civil War.  A large part of this online archive is Spanish language, but there are some items in English and German.

A reputable list of high quality websites covering Spain and Portugal, with links off to the Spanish regions.

• La Moncloa 

The official website of the Spanish government.

A site created by the Spanish Government covering many different aspects of life in Spain from economy to culture

Your Subject Team

Anne Worden

Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3243

Sharon Bittner

Assistant Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3234

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