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Modern Languages: Essential Skills for FHS Students

Subjects: Modern Languages

Subject Librarians

If you would like more information, or further help with any of the tasks , please contact your subject librarian:


Janet Foot
+44 (0)1865 278159

Johanneke Sytsema
+44 (0)1865 278166/58

Nick Hearn
+44 (0)1865 270462

Johanneke Sytsema
+44 (0)1865 278166/58

Emma Huber
+44 (0)1865 278153

Greek (Modern)
Kostas Skordyles
+44 (0)1865 270473

Hispanic Studies
Joanne Ferrari
+44 (0)1865 288033

Zsuzsanna Varga 
+44 (0)1865 270469

 Italian Literature and Language
Clare Hills-Nova
+44 (0)1865 278094

Joanne Ferrari
+44 (0)1865 288033

Adina Bradeanu
+44 (0)1865 278166

 Slavonic Literature and Language
Nick Hearn
+44 (0)1865 270462
Barbara Baj Wojtowicz (Slavonic Regional Specialist)
+44 (0)1865 270467

Joanne Ferrari
+44 (0)1865 288033


This presentation (available below in pdf format with speakers' notes) was given on Friday 4th November 2016.

FHS skills session poster snippet

Quick Study Tips

  • Develop good study skills – it is worth it!
  • Prepare in advance before the vacation or your year abroad – get remote access sorted, learn about vacation loans, and ask about libraries in the country you will be staying in.
  • Know your resources - SOLO, bibliographies, OxLIP+, reference management software: they are all useful tools which can save you time!
  • Keep focussed – you can’t read everything!

Torrossa : scholarly e-books

Oxford has access to Torrossa, a scholarly e-book platform developed by Casalini Libri. A wide range of subjects are covered, with  over 180 Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese publishers contributing titles in the fields of language and literature, linguistics, art and architecture, film studies, history, law, philosophy, theology and cultural studies.

You can browse directly on the Torrossa platform to see which books are available in electronic format. All the books are also catalogued on SOLO.  Click on the image to go straight to Torrossa. 


If you have any problems using the Torrossa database or would like to give feedback, please email