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Portuguese Studies Library Guide: Welcome

Portuguese Studies Library Guide

Examples of useful Reference Books

Grande dicionário da língua portuguesa-LISA - R 469.3 BUEN

Dicionário da língua portuguesa - R 469.3 COST

Dicionário prático de regência verbal - R 469.31 LUFT

Quem é quem na literatura portuguesa - R869.03 QUEM

Dicionário da literatura portuguesa - R869.03 SOUT

Dicionário cronológico de autores portugueses - R869.092 DICI


The Short Loans Centre

The Short Loans Centre is on Level 4 of the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.

Many books and photocopied readings essential to your courses have been placed there by lecturers.

You will need to give the staff there both the title and shelf number of the book you want.

Short Loan material is issued for a few hour only. You must return Short Loan material to the Short Loans Centre.

Portuguese Studies Journals

Journals are published every few weeks or months. They are academic magazines that contain articles on different topics. Journals are important for finding very up-to-date information, or very specific information on narrow topics. The great thing about journals nowadays is that so many of them are available electronically as well as in print.

Printed Journals

The latest unbound journals are kept on Level 5. The bound copies since 1965 are kept in the basement. Pre-1965 journals are kept in an off-campus store and can be requested from the Loans Desk. Use  ALEPH to search for printed journals

Electronic Journals

Electronic journals are full text journals to which UCT subscribes. They are useful because they are always available and because they can be searched by subject. Use the e-Journals link to search for journals online.

Shelf numbers

The Basics of Survival

Portuguese language books are kept on the Upper Level, Undergraduate Wing - the level above the main entrance.

Their shelf numbers are:


Portuguese Language


Portuguese dictionaries


Portuguese literature books are kept on the Lower Level of the library, down the spiral staircase near the Information Desk.

Their shelf numbers are:


Portuguese Literature


Portuguese Poetry


Portuguese Fiction

Aleph - UCT Library Catalogue

To find books you can also use the library catalogue (ALEPH). On the UCT Libraries web page mouse over 'Search & Find' on the navigation bar at the top of the page and then click on Catalogue (ALEPH). The catalogue will tell you what books we have in your subject area, and the shelf-numbers where you will find those books.

About Databases

Aleph (online catalogue) and the Electronic journals page tell you which journals and books we have access to, but they don't tell you which articles and chapters appear in them. For that you need to use the databases.

Databases collect, organise and index information from journals, books, book chapters, theses, dissertations, magazines, newspapers and other sources.


UCT Libraries subscribe to many databases covering a wide range of subject areas. You can search a database by typing in keywords that describe your topic.  The database will provide you with information about journal articles and other materials on the topic, and may even link you to full text articles in our electronic journals. In some cases, though, the databases may just give a reference to the journal article or an abstract. 

You can access Databases A-Z or Databases by Platform.


Portuguese Studies Databases

Below are some databases which will be helpful for Portuguese Studies:

MLA International Bibliography - via EBSCOhost The MLA International Bibliography, produced by the Modern Language Association of America, consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore and includes coverage from 1926 to the present. The MLA International Bibliography provides access to scholarly research in nearly 4,000 journals and series. It also covers relevant monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies, and other formats.

ProQuest Education Journals Offering complete information on hundreds of educational topics, this database covers almost 400 leading journals in the field.

Teacher Reference Center Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

Academic Search Premier - via EBSCOhost (Full Text) Provides journal coverage for most academic areas of study—including biological sciences, economics, communications, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences and women's studies.


ScienceDirect  ScienceDirect offers access to the Elsevier Science journal collection (over 1,200 titles The full text collection of over 1 million articles from 1995 to present covers a wide variety of subject areas and disciplines in the sciences and social sciences. It has strong holdings on linguistics.

Useful databases for literature and culture

MLA International Bibliography This is a very scholarly database, produced by the Modern Language association of America, and consists of abstracts for literature, language, linguistics, and folklore, with some full text. It holds abstracts for nearly 4,000 journals and books, in some cases back to 1963. It indexes French language sources as well as English. Some material may be full text. 

Academic Search Premier - via EBSCOhost (Full Text) This is a very popular undergraduate database at UCT. It contains a lot of full text covering most academic areas of study, including language and linguistics, arts and literature. You can weed out “newsy” material and restrict your search only to scholarly journals by ticking the “Peer reviewed” button on this database.  

Academic Onefile This too is a very popular undergraduate database, containing a lot of full text on a wide range of topics, including current events, literature and art. 

Humanities International Complete This is a scholarly and wide-ranging database with good full text.  Subjects covered include Film, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism, Literature, Performing Arts, and Philosophy. It covers only articles from English-language periodicals.