Modern Languages

This guide contains resources that can be used for study and research in most non-English languages, literatures, and cultures.


This Guide contains resources that include many languages, countries, and/or cultures. 

As a collaborative work-in-progress, this Guide is developed with the suggestions and feedback from students and faculty in the Modern Languages, the English Language Institute, International Programs, and related Area Studies.

Feel free to contact me by email or by telephone if you have a question about library services or you need some help finding resources. I am also available by appointment to assist students and faculty with research related to Modern Languages Studies.

Faculty are welcome to contact me to schedule research workshops for classes or to suggest resources.

Karen Liston
Liaison for Modern Languages, International Programs,
Education and Linguistics
(313) 577-5596

134 Purdy-Kresge Library                             
5265 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI  48202

Streaming Video Sites

The websites below can be used to search for films you might wish to use in courses.  Videos can be requested through the library's Streaming Media (Video and Audio) Request Form.  If possible, include the URL for the film you'd like in the Call Number field. When Wayne State University Libraries has acquired licensed access, the video will be accessible through the library's catalog.  The Permalink at the bottom of the cataloging record can be given directly to students, and/or embedded in Canvas or other course sites.

Other Relevant Guides

The Guides below have information related to specific Languages and Area Studies.

Academic Department

Modern Languages Resources to Explore

Liaison Librarian

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Karen Liston
(313) 577-5596
You can make an appointment (above), or when I'm available, you can drop in on my Zoom Meeting Room by pasting this URL into your browser: If I'm available, I'll admit you within a few minutes. Try it out - I'd love to see you!

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Reference Desks

Undergraduate (UGL): 313-577-8852
Purdy/Kresge: 313-577-6423
Arthur Neef Law: 313-577-6180
Shiffman Medical: 313-577-1094