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Languages Subject Guide

Use this guide is a starting point for finding information either from library resources or through selected web sites from the appropriate Subject Internet Gateway. Please select an option below.

Subject Support Liaison Librarian

The library liaison for Humanities is Niamh Walker-Headon BA, MSc LIS, ALAI.

Contact details


Find Materials in the Library

  • Use the library online catalogue to check what books, journals, videos, student projects etc. are in the library
  • My Account tells you view what items you have on loan, here you can place requests for items on loan to by another user & renew your own loans.
  • The library's Electronic resources provide access to: full text peer reviewed journal articles, abstracts, conferences and standards.
  • The Internet is also a source of information.  To assist you we have selected some web-sites and search portals for your subject area on the Subject Portals. These contain links to Subject Internet Gateways which list preselected links to web pages, so you don't have to do the searching.
If you require assistance, contact your Subject Librarian


Journals for this subject area are available in both print and electronic formats.

Print copies are available in the library journal area to the left of the library entrance.

Electronic journals are available:

Relevant Databases & Electronic Resources

are listed on the Humanities Subject Portal the Language Internet Gateway the Linguistics Internet Gateway. and the Literature Internet Gateway

Useful web sites & Professional Organizations

These are available via the Subject Internet Gateways

Relevant Class Numbers

Class numbers are used to shelve library items in numerical order. Each number represents a subject. All the books on the same subject should be found together. Normally we will have added the first three letters of the surname of author to the class number, to make them easier to find.

Just follow the signage until you reach the number you require, and then follow the numbers on the spines of the books until you find the book you want.

Topic - Languages, Linguistics, and Literature

Class Numbers

Languages 400
Language Usage 418
Language Acquisition 401.93
Literature 800-899
Translation 418.02
Criticism 809
French Language 440
French Literature 840
German Language 430
German Literature 830
Italian Language 470
Italian Literature 870
Spanish Language 460
Spanish Literature 860
Applied Linguistics 418
English as a Foreign Language 428.24
Irish Language 491.62
Irish Language Literature 891.62
Irish Literature in English 820 or Fiction
Dictionaries - general 413
English Dictionaries 423
German Dictionaries 433
French Dictionaries 443
Italian Dictionaries 453
Spanish Dictionaries 463
Irish/Gaeilge Dictionaries 491.623
English Grammar 428
Speech Analysis 621.3192

Reference Materials

This material is located in the reference section of the library, near the library desk.

This material cannot be removed from the library.


Class Number

Oxford Encyclopedic English dictionary Reference 423
Oxford Duden German dictionary Reference 423
Oxford Hachette French Dictionary Reference 443.21
Collins Spanish dictionary Reference 463.21
Foclóir Gaeilge/Béarla Reference 491.62
Lettres Européennes Reference 800
Oxford companion to English literature Reference 809.03
Deutsche Literaturgeschichte Reference 830
Blackwell companion to modern Irish culture Reference 941.5
Chronology of Irish history since 1500 Reference 941.50202
Dictionary of contemporary Germany Reference 943.0879
Encyclopedia of contemporary French culture Reference 944.0803 HUG
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