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Table of contents
- Portuguese resources
- 1. resources in Portugal
- 2. resources in the UK
- 3. resources in the rest of the world
- 4. Virtual resources
The Portuguese resources you will find on the pages of this package, do mainly refer to resources connected with Portugal, but there are also some links relevant for Lusophone cultural studies in a broader sense. When you start looking for a source that is not available in your College or University library, you have several other options. You can look for it
- in other libraries, archives or cultural institutions in the UK. For this consult our Portuguese resources in the UK.
- Or you can search libraries, archives and cultural institutions in Portugal. For this consult our Portuguese resources in Portugal.
- Or you can look for it in Portuguese collections outside the UK or Portugal. For this, take a look at our Portuguese resources in the rest of the world.
The majority of these institutions have an online catalogue, which means you do not need to phone, email or go there. However, before choosing the institution that you think is the most likely to have your source remember that many countries (including the United Kingdom and Spain) have META-OPACs, that is, online catalogues which collect all the OPACs of a certain area. COPAC, for example, collect major British OPACs; PORBASE collects Portuguese major online catalogues. And there are even META-OPACs which allow to do online bibliographical searches of different national OPACs at once. This facility gives you the greatest overview of what is available on a trans-national level. We therefore suggest you should start by having a look at the META-OPACs relevant for Portuguese Studies, included in our
Although META-OPACs permit you to scan a massive amount of books (authors, titles, and subjects), this information will not include any articles. So, if you are looking for secondary literature, especially articles and chapters in books, the best way of resourcing these materials is to consult the MLA International Bibliography which will be available on CD-ROM or in print at your University Library. The MLA International Bibliography provides a listing and subject index for books and articles published in modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It indexes over 50000 books and articles each year.
Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo
This archive operates both as Historical Archive and as the national board responsible for the supervision of all district archives – the Direcção-Geral de Arquivos – also accessible through this website. These are:
- Arquivo Distrital de Aveiro
- Arquivo Distrital de Beja
- Arquivo Distrital de Braga
- Arquivo Distrital de Bragança
- Arquivo Distrital de Castelo Branco
- Arquivo Distrital de Évora
- Arquivo Distrital de Faro
- Arquivo Distrital da Guarda
- Arquivo Distrital de Leiria
- Arquivo Distrital de Lisboa
- Arquivo Distrital de Portalegre
- Arquivo Distrital do Porto
- Arquivo Distrital de Santarém
- Arquivo Distrital de Setúbal
- Arquivo Distrital de Viana do Castelo
- Arquivo Distrital de Vila Real
- Arquivo Distrital de Viseu
Arquivo da Universidade de Coimbra
This constitutes the deposit of all documents both received and produced in the University of Coimbra (established in 1290), as well as of the district archive. Its most ancient document, a parchment from the Colegiada de Guimarães, dates back to the 10th century.
This is an archive of all periodicals available in the public domain.
Radiotelevisão Portuguesa – Centro de Documentação e Informação
This maintains all documentation of the history of Portuguese TV of the last 50 years. A Virtual Museum is also available.
1.3 cultural institutions
Academia Nacional de Belas-Artes
Created in 1836, the Academia Nacional de Belas-Artes aims to nurture Portugal’s cultural heritage as well as encourage contemporary artists. It provides research grants, funding for artistic initiatives, and also helps promoting cultural events. Additionally, it contains one of the most important art libraries in Portugal.
Casa Fernando Pessoa
Opened in November 1993, the cultural centre Casa Fernando Pessoa was conceived by the Lisbon City Council as a tribute to Fernando Pessoa and his memory; in the city where he lived and the area in which he spent the last fifteen years of his life, Campo de Ourique. With its auditorium, garden, exhibition rooms, works of art, a library exclusively dedicated to poetry, in addition to part of the poet’s estate (furniture and personal items that are now municipal heritage), the Casa Fernando Pessoa is a small but multifarious world. Its three floors host colloquiums, poetry readings, meetings with authors, concerts and theatre, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, book launches and children’s ateliers in a programme of events which is as widely diversified as possible.
Centro de Documentação 25 de Abril, Coimbra
This is part of the University of Coimbra. Created in 1984 in order to re-organize and make available as many documents as possible on the transition towards democracy begun with the revolution on 25 April 1974.
Centro de Estudos de História do Atlântico (CEHA)
Created in 1985 by Madeira's regional government, this centre aims to promote the study of the Atlantic Islands from a historical point of view, by organizing conferences and seminars.
Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa
This is part of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. It specializes on the history of religion.
Centro de Estudos de Teatro - Arquivo Osório Mateus
This is part of the Faculty of Literature of the Universidade de Lisboa. Created in 1994, it aims to reconstruct Portuguese dramatic practices, with particular reference to historical and sociological perspectives.
Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa
This houses four different galleries for visual art and a Museum of Design devoted to contemporary art.
Centro Nacional de Arqueologia Náutica e Subaquática
Created in 1997, it covers infrastructures and projects concerning the Portuguese archaeological heritage. It is now part of IGESPAR.
Centro Nacional de Cultura (CNC)
The CNC was founded in 1945 as a meeting point for exchange and dialogue between the different political and ideological sectors of society, in defense of a free and multi-disciplinary culture. It strives to be a bridge between old and young, artists and businessmen, public and private sectors. It pursues these objectives through publications, multimedia publications, exhibitions, courses, seminars and study trips. It also promotes artistic and literary prizes and awards grants to young artists.
Centro Português de Fotografia
This centre aims to disseminate works by amateur and professional Portuguese-speaking photographers.
Centro de Informação e Documentação Amílcar Cabral, Lisboa (CIDAC)
CIDAC was as a clandestine organization founded in Lisbon in 1974 under the name of Anticolonial Information and Documentation Centre. After the revolution, it became a non-governmental organization that supports developmental co-operation initiatives with African institutions. Based on the experience in development cooperation with Africa and the available information about the Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) in the Documentation Centre, CIDAC created in 1983 a Portuguese Language Training Centre for those who intend to work and live in the PALOP countries.
Cinemateca Portuguesa - Museu do Cinema
The Cinemateca maintains a library and a photo archive. The library is open to the general public, but no borrowing facility is available. Photo specimens can be viewed on the library premises, in a special reading room also equipped with a multimedia search terminal.
Escola de Música - Conservatório Nacional
It houses a library that maintains about 6,000 books, including some 18th and 19th-century editions, as well as 2,557 scores.
Direcção-Geral das Artes - DGArtes
DGArtes's main goal is to promote artistic activity, by supporting artists and their projects. It collects and makes available information on Portuguese-speaking artists and aims to disseminate a proper knowledge of their works, both in Portugal and abroad.
Direcção-Geral do Livro e das Bibliotecas - DGLB
The purpose of this Institution is to secure the coordination of Portuguese libraries, promoting an integrated policy for their management. Other responsibilities are to
- promote the production of literary works;
- preserve and disseminate the Portuguese literary heritage;
- promote public reading.
Fundação António Aleixo
Created in 1995 in order to pursue social, cultural, artistic and scientific goals, it deals with
- special projects addressed to infancy and old age;
- cultural events;
- scholarships for students.
Fundação Arca da Aliança
This foundation promotes cultural and spiritual renewal through charity.
Fundação Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva
The Foundation houses a Museum and a Documentation and Research Centre. It opened in November 1994, and is devoted principally to promoting and studying the works of painters Arpad Szenes and Vieira da Silva. In addition to its permanent collection, which spans an extensive period of the two artists' work, other exhibitions by artists who shared artistic affinities with the couple are held regularly. A special thematic exhibition is presented annually, trying to offer new insights into the evolution of modern art.
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian’s statutory goals concern education, science, charity and arts. Its base inLisboa houses several auditoriums, galleries for temporary exhibitions, the Gulbenkian Museum, an Art Library and a Centre for Modern Art (including a second museum). The Gulbenkian Institute of Science is located in Oeiras.
Funcação Eça de Queiroz, Santa Cruz do Douro
This foundation is geared to promote the work of José Maria Eça de Queiroz, both in Portugal and abroad, by preserving and enriching his library and archive and organizing conferences and seminars on his literary activity.
Fundação Eng. António de Almeida
The Foundation is active mainly in the fields of arts and education, namely civic education, through colloquia, conferences, exhibitions and music recitals. It has created a prize named 'Engenheiro António de Almeida', which is awarded to a graduate who has obtained the highest class of degree in the following universities: University of Oporto, University of Minho, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, University of Aveiro, University of Coimbra (Art College) and the Portucalense University.
Fundação Luso-Americana, Lisboa
The Luso-American Development Foundation’s main goal is to contribute towards Portugal's development by providing financial and strategic support for innovative projects by fostering cooperation between Portuguese and American civil society. Between 1985 and 2000, it sponsored more than 8,000 projects, representing an investment of about €9bn. It awards scholarships and sponsors institutional projects, training programs and exchanges.
Fundação Mário Soares
Founded in 1991, the Fundação Mário Soares supports and takes part in numerous projects in different areas. Its base in Lisbon houses a library and several galleries devoted to temporary exhibitions as well as a permanent exhibition which gives an overview of the Portuguese 20th century.
Fundação Medeiros e Almeida
Created in 1973, it preserves one of the most important Portuguese collections of visual arts.
Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva
The Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva Foundation was established in 1953 as a Museum-School with the purpose of studying and protecting Decorative Arts. The Museum displays important collections of Portuguese tiles, furniture (from the 16th to the 19th century), textiles (including Arraiolo rugs from the 17th and 18th centuries, Oriental carpets and bed-spreads), silver (representative pieces from the 15th to the 19th century), Chinese porcelain, Portuguese faience and paintings. The Foundation also runs workshops, representing traditional crafts as well as two schools: the College of Decorative Arts and the Arts and Crafts Institute.
It houses both a library and a museum whose permanent collection covers the period from the late 1960s to today. It pays particular attention to the relationship of Portuguese artists and their international counterparts. The Library offers information on national and international contemporary art from the 1960s onwards. Access is conditional and books may only be consulted on the premises.
Instituto Camões’ main goals are the promotion and dissemination of Portuguese language and culture. For example, it deals with:
- Language assistants who teach in foreign universities;
- Portuguese Cultural Centres abroad;
- Portuguese and Foreign organisations devoted to the study of Portuguese culture;
- Academic works aimed at promoting the dissemination of Portuguese language and culture in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.
Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual (ICA)
This is a public foundation organized by the Ministry of Culture and aiming to strengthen cultural identity and diversity in the areas of cinema, the audiovisual and multimedia arts.
Instituições do Ensino Superior
A ministerial portal that enables you to gain information about or directly access the website of all institutions, both private and public, promoting university courses.
Instituto de Filosofia da Linguagem
The Philosophy of Language Institute (IFL) is a research unit of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas) of the New University of Lisbon (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and is supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e para a Tecnologia) of the Portuguese Ministry for Science and Higher Education. The main purpose of IFL is to develop research programmes in the current fields of philosophy of language, logic, communication, mind, philosophy of action and moral philosophy.
Instituto de Gestão do Património Arqueológico e Arquitectónico (IGESPAR)
The IGESPAR is committed to maintaining, preserving, protecting and improving the Portuguese architectural and archaeological heritage.
Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa
It holds a library dedicated to Gregorian music.
Instituto de História e Teoria das Ideias (IHTI)
Created in 1976 in the Faculty of literature of the University of Coimbra, the Instituto de História e Teoriadas Ideias is a research unit devoted to the history of ideas that deals in particular with contemporary history, modern language, literatures and journalism. It is also the publisher of the Revista de História das Ideias.
Instituto de Linguística Teórica e Computacional
The Institute for Theoretical and Computational Linguistics (ILTEC) is a non-profit association in which a scientific institution (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) and two public universities (Universidade de Lisboa and Universidade Nova da Lisboa) take part. Its main goals are to promote:
- research in the areas of theoretical and computational linguistics;
- the development of scientific research activities in the domain of theoretical and computational linguistics;
- the training of researchers;
- the dissemination of the results to the scientific community and to a broader universe.
At present the Institute is focusing its research on the areas of lexicology and lexicography.
Instituto dos Museus e da Conservação (IMC)
IMC safeguards and administers 29 different museums of art, archaelogy and ethnology. IPM is currently engaged in making various collections more accessible through the project Matriz Net which enables specialists, as well as the general audience, to study numerous single items in comparison with similar pieces and/or pieces by the same artist.
Instituto Português de Arqueologia (IPA)
This institute is responsible for maintaining government regulations in the field of archaelogy throughout the country, promoting the collaboration with other public and private entities, and taking part in awareness campaigns in favour of the Portuguese archaelogical heritage. Now part of IGESPAR.
Instituto Português de Fotografia (IPF)
This was the first institute entirely devoted to teaching the art of photography in Portugal.
Galeria Fonseca Macedo
Opened in 2000, it aims to disseminate and promote the contemporary arts, offering artists the opportunity to mount exhibitions. Galeria Fonseca Macedo houses both exhibitions (painting, sculpture, drawing, engravings and photography) and meetings with artists and critics.
Museus de Portugal
This is a project supporting IT in the field of museology, by promoting the exchange of information among its members (e.g. through electronic media such as Lists of distributions and Newsgroups), establishing forms of cooperation and proposing training sessions in IT. Museus de Portugal accommodates on its web-page all museums that take part in the project.
Museu Nacional de Arqueologia
Founded in 1893 as the Museu Etnográfico Português, the present National Archaeological Museum (MNA) maintains essentially the programmatic purpose which was in its origin. MNA holds the most important Portuguese archaeological collection, covering every indicated historical period and it also houses inventory services, a library and its own editions, laboratories, research spaces, educational and cultural services.
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
The main collections of the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga are consituted by:
- painting, about 2200 items from the 14th to the 19th century;
- sculpture, about 2400 items, the large majority of them from the 13th and the 14th centuries;
- drawings and engravings, about 5800 drawings from the 15th to the 19th century and about 16,000 engravings dating back, in most cases, to the 18th and 19th century;
- goldsmith's art, items dating back from the 12th to the 19th century;
- ceramics, about 7500 items in faiançe and porcelain;
- textiles, about 4800 peças (90% of them are vestments);
- furniture, about 1600 items.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
This museum displays traditional tiles and has a library specialized in texts related to ceramics and tiles.
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
This has an important collection of decorative arts (jewellery, textiles, glass, and ceramics) from the 15th century onwards.
RDP - Radiodifusão Portuguesa SA
Radiodifusão Portuguesa SA is the concessionary company of public radio services in Portugal, part of RadioTelevisão Portuguesa (RTP). They produce the following programs:
Antena 1, Antena 2, Antena 3, RDP África, RDP Internacional; plus Antena 1 – Madeira, Antena 3 – Madeira, Antena 1 – Açores. Antena 1 addresses general audience. Antena 2 is the cultural station par excellence. Antena 3 is meant to be the station for young people. RDP Internacional addresses Portuguese communities abroad, while RDP Africa aims at favouring the integration of lusophone countries in Africa.
Biblioteca Nacional, Lisboa
The largest library in Portugal, it houses three main kinds of collections: general, reserved and special.
- The general collection: preserves 2,5 million items from the 16th to the 21st century. This is the richest repository. As the national legal deposit (since 1931), it also holds theses and a copy of all other academic works (about 12,000 items). The periodicals collection is also part of the general fund and includes about 50,000 titles (240 of them from abroad) starting from the 17th century.
Reserved collections refer to:
- manuscripts (15,000 codices and 36,000 unbound manuscripts);
- early printings (about 30,000 items, including many incunabula);
- historical archives (composed of 460 collections);
- Arquivo da Cultura Portuguesa Contemporânea (composed of 117 literary archives of writers and artists such as Fernando Pessoa, Eça de Queirós, Camilo Castelo Branco, Florbela Espanca and José Saramago).
Among the special funds, you will find the:
- iconography collection (about 114,000 images);
- cartography collection (about 6,700 items);
- music collection (including items dating back to the 12th century).
The Biblioteca Nacional also preserves a special section for people affected by visual disabilities (about 4,500 titles).
Biblioteca Nacional Digital
Their online catalogue with digitized documents is available for download.
Biblioteca Universitária João Paulo II
The central library of all different faculties belonging to the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. It is open to students from other universities, but you have to pay an annual fee of about £20.
Biblioteca da Universidade de Aveiro
This library includes a European Documentation Centre (CDE) which holds copies of the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), documentation on EU law and legislation and EU documents.
Biblioteca da Universidade de Coimbra
This is open to all students - no reader pass is required.
Biblioteca da Universidade da Madeira - Unidade de Documentação e Arquivo
This library is open to all users.
Biblioteca da Universidade de Évora
Its main collections concern social sciences (19,000 titles), science (15,000 titles), applied sciences (10,000 titles), language and literature (7,500 titles) history and geography (7,500 titles). It also houses 1,800 different periodicals (650 of which are current).
Biblioteca da Universidade de Lisboa
This has an integrated catalogue of all faculties belonging to the Universidade de Lisboa.
Bibliotecas da Universidade do Minho, Braga
The library website of the University of Minho encompasses six main libraries:
- Biblioteca Geral da Universidade do Minho;
- Biblioteca da Universidade do Minho em Guimarães;
- Biblioteca de Ciências da Educação;
- Biblioteca do Edifício dos Congregados;
- Biblioteca da Escola de Ciências da Saúde;
- Centro de Documentação Europeia da Universidade do Minho (CDEUM).
Biblioteca da Universidade Nova de Lisboa
This library houses about 50,000 monographs and 2,500 periodical titles. A reader pass (to be applied for in advance) is required.
Bibliotecas da Universidade do Algarve
This library holds about 32,000 monographs, 1,300 periodical titles (267 of which are current), 708 cartography documents and 322 audio-visual items.
Biblioteca Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, Amadora
This preserves about 7000 monographs. It also has 19 different titles of periodicals devoted to theatre and film studies.
Fonoteca Municipal de Lisboa
The Fonoteca is geared to promote music and music culture, with a particular reference to contemporary composers. It is affiliated to the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centers: IAML.
The National Archives
This is the UK's national archive; it brings together and preserves the records of the central government and the courts of law. The records span an unbroken period from the 11th century to the present day. Their website runs a database search engine to help you find the records you need. They also have several searchable databases to help you find out about records held by other archives.
Arts and Humanities Data Service
As a postgraduate student in the humanities you will find this service useful and relevant. It includes 5 different domains:
- Archaeology Data Service;
- Visual Arts Data Service;
- Oxford Text Archive;
- Performing Arts Data Service;
- History Data Service.
Archives Hub is a portal bringing together descriptions of thousands of the UK's archive collections and representing nearly 300 institutions across the country.
AIM25 is a database of archives and manuscript collections from many of London's higher education institutions, learned societies, cultural organisations and City livery companies.
2.2 cultural institutions
This is famously known as No.1 London, home of the 1st Duke of Wellington, and the London home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1817. Its art collection includes paintings and coins from Portugal.
This is the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Council and Centre of Information which aims to increase understanding between Britain, Spain, Portugal and Latin America. It promotes the business, educational and cultural interests of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world.
Courtauld Institute of Art
The library holds a collection of books in the field of art history, some of them in Portuguese. Also, paintings and photographs.
Royal Academy of Arts
This is an independent fine arts institution that has the oldest fine arts library and archive, including a picture library which holds a permanent collection comprising examples of British art from the 18th century to the present day.
The Warburg Institute aims to further the study of the classical tradition of European thought, literature, art and institutions. It houses an archive, library and a photographic collection.
Oxford's Instituto Camões Centre for Portuguese Language
This is part of the Instituto Camões and it is primarily geared to promoting the study of Portuguese history as well as of Portuguese culture and language.
Newcastle's Instituto Camões Centre for Portuguese Language
This centre for the study of Portuguese language and cultures is part of Newcastle University.
King's College London Brazil Institute
Founded in 2008, this Institute provides a focal point for Brazil-related activities across a range of academic disciplines.
Portuguese-related organizations in the UK:
- Portuguese Embassy in the UK
- Portuguese Consulate, London
- Brazilian Embassy
- Angolan Embassy
- Bristol Oporto Association
- Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK
- Anglo-Portuguese Society
British university departments of Portuguese and Latin American studies:
- Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London
- Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London
- Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Cambridge University
- Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Queen Mary and Westfield University of London
- Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Leeds University
- Department of Spanish and Latin-American Studies, University College London
- Portuguese at Oxford University
- Centre for Brazilian Studies, Oxford University
- Department of Hispanic Studies, Birmingham University
- Research Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool
- Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool
- Spanish, Portuguese & Latin-American Studies Department, King’s College London
- Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Birkbeck University
- Department of Hispanic Studies, Nottingham University
- Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Bristol University
We cannot list all the libraries holding Portuguese research materials and resources in the UK. Before checking one of the larger libraries on this page, make sure to search your University’s library catalogue first. You could also check other libraries near you. University libraries tend to have different specialties, which may vary due to the research interests of the lecturers and researchers associated with the institution.
Be creative while researching and use COPAC to locate your materials.
The British Library
The British Library is one of the world's greatest libraries. It holds over 150 million items from every age of global civilization. You can search the catalogues and order copies of some documents online. Access is free but you need to get a reader's pass. Photocopying, microfilming, photographic and digital services are available but be warned: charges are very high. If you can copy the materials elsewhere, then do so. Recommended webpages:
- Hispanic Collections aquires and makes available selected publications in the humanities and social sciences at research level from Spain, Portugal, Latin America, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and the former Hispanic territories in Asia and Africa.
- Catalogue of nineteenth-century Hispano-Lusophone Africana covers the BL’s holdings of material printed from 1801 to 1900 inclusive from and about Portuguese-speaking and Spanish-speaking territories in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nineteenth-century editions of earlier works are included, principally accounts of discovery and exploration.
- Latin American studies reference sources is a list of the major Latin American reference works in the British Library.
Bodleian Library, Oxford
This is the main research library of Oxford University, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library, having a stock of 6 million volumes. Admission is free to members of Oxford University, and to other bona fide scholars on production of a suitable letter of recommendation and proof of identity. Graduate students affiliated to universities and colleges funded by the higher education funding councils of the UK or the Republic of Ireland are exempt from payment. The Bodleian Library holds a substantial collection of texts on Portuguese culture and arts. It is also a copyright deposit library. Plan your visit well in advance; order your research materials online at least one week in advance.
Cambridge University Library
This library has more than 5 million books and more than 1.5 million serial volumes. For vacation access only your student ID is required, although during term time and for the section Manuscripts & Rare Books you have to produce a letter from your supervisor. A £10 administration charge for 6 months applies to applicants from non-UK universities and the public. Temporary tickets valid for 1 week within any twelve-month period are free of charge.
The Taylor Institution Library, Oxford
The Taylor Institution Library is devoted to modern languages and has a total stock of over 500,000 volumes - it is the largest specialist library in its field in the UK. Its collection concentrates on the literary and philological aspects of continental European culture, but also contains much background materials in fields such as history and philosophy. Moreover, it has a large collection of books on Brazilian Literature.
King's College London Library
Apart from modern and contemporary editions, this library preserves over 15,000 rare books, most of which were printed before 1800. Areas of significant strength include 'Portuguese and Brazilian studies' and 'travel and voyages of exploration and discovery.'
John Rylands University of Manchester Library
This library holds specialized library collections, including manuscripts, early printed books, and rare materials.
University of London Library: Senate House
The University of London Library is one of the major academic libraries of the United Kingdom. It holds manuscripts in Portuguese and a substantial collection of texts on Portugal and Portuguese culture. Access is free for all postgraduates (although you have to show proof of identity and get a card). However, lending rights are only given automatically to University of London students and staff. Anyone else has to pay a fee (there are various different categories). Photocopying (also onto CDs) is available at a reasonable rate. It also offers links to other Internet Research Tools.
British Film Institute Library
The BFI Library provides access to a large collection of documentation and information on film and television including Portuguese/Lusophone films and scripts.
Victoria & Albert Museum National Art Library
The National Art Library is both a major reference library and is also the Victoria & Albert Museum's curatorial department for the art, craft and design of the book. It holds a special collection of prints, drawings, paintings and photographs.
European Heritage Network
The European Heritage Network is a permanent information system bringing together governmental services in charge of heritage protection within the Council of Europe. The European heritage Network focuses on cultural heritage, particularly on architectural and archaeological heritage in the context of:
- The European Cultural Convention (1954)
- The Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe (1985)
- The European Convention on the Protection of Arcaheological Heritage (1992)
- The European Landscape Convention (2000)
Latin American libraries and archives
Part of LANIC (Latin American Network Information Center), it lists all the major Latin American libraries by country.
UNESCO Archives Portal
This is an international gateway with links to archives all over the world.
Archives Portal Europe provides access to information on archival material from different European countries as well as information on archival institutions throughout the continent.
3.2 cultural institutions
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas
For the last eighty years The University of Texas at Austin has steadily built the foremost center of excellence in the United States for the study of Latin America. This site is designed to serve as an entry point to help users learn more about the depth and breadth of the University's commitment to Latin America.
Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil (CPDOC)
This is a centre for the documentation of the recent history of Brazil.
Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)
Based at Vanderbilt University, BRASA is an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars who support and promote Brazilian studies in all fields, especially in the humanities and social sciences. BRASA is dedicated to the promotion of Brazilian studies around the world in general, and in the United States in particular.
Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University
This is an important centre for the study of Latin America and the Caribbean. They are closely linked to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University.
Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), University of Miami
CLAS is an interdisciplinary organization through which academic staff and students from the University of Miami can meet and discuss issues relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean. CLAS aims to foster research collaboration across diverse departments and schools at the University of Miami, and to build bridges from the University to the region.
Council of Europe, Documents and Archives Division
The Council of Europe’s Documents and Archives Division is the focus for information services within the 44-nation Organization.
International Council of Museums (ICOM)
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is an international organization of museums and museum professionals committed to the conservation and communication of the world's natural and cultural heritage. The 17,000 members of ICOM in 140 countries participate in the national, regional and international activities of the organization: workshops, publications, training, twinning programmes, and the promotion of museums through the International Museum Day (May 18, annually).
International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS)
Since 1954 SIBMAS has been an international forum for promoting research, both practical and theoretical, in the documentation of the performing arts. Besides the organization of biennial international congresses, SIBMAS members are involved in three permanent projects:
SIBMAS also produces the SIBMAS directory: a world wide guide to performing arts collections and institutions.
- The World Directory on Theatre Museums and Libraries, which was published in its 5th edition in spring 1996, and since 7 March 2002 is accessible in an online version;
- The International Bibliography of Theatre (IBT), published by the Theatre Research Data Centre at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York;
- The World Encyclopedia of contemporary Theatre, 6 vol. (1994-2000).
Important Portuguese collections can be found in other National and University libraries, such as:
You can also have a look at:
Arizona State University Brazilian Literature Resources
This site lists major websites and resource guides for Brazilian literary studies.
This portal allows you to access 18000 libraries worldwide.
The European Library
A portal that gives you access to all the National Libraries of Europe, offering information about their services and online exhibitions.
UNESCO Libraries Portal
This is an international gateway with links to libraries around the world.
This is another international gateway with links to libraries around the world.
4. Virtual resources
Besides descriptions and catalogues of real libraries and archives, you can find on the Net numerous virtual libraries, that is, numerous websites containing the transcriptions of entire texts. We suggest that you should have recourse to them only for the first reading, or in order to search for particular words or phrases. If you need to quote those texts in your thesis or papers, you should refer to printed editions, whose philological accuracy is more easily verifiable. On the other hand, the Net offers you several other research tools, such as:
- META-OPACs: these are search engines that allow you to scan materials of several library catalogues at once.
- humanities portals and sites, that is, portals/sites devoted to different aspects and fields of humanities
- digital works and authors, that is, web-sites devoted to individual authors or works
- e-journals, that is, periodicals published only (or also) online.
Another essential digital source of information is the
- MLA International Bibliography which represents the best source for tracing secondary literature, especially articles and chapters in books. It will be available on CD-ROM (or in print) in your University Library. The MLA International Bibliography provides a listing and subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It indexes over 50000 books and journals each year.
4.1 digital works and authors
You can now access many literary works either online or in CD-ROM, often accessible in libraries. The digitization of literature can be a great research tool as it will allow you to do specific searches in the text. For links to online literature, check our section on virtual libraries. There, you will find many of the literary works you are studying available online. To list them all individually on this page would be an infinite task. We have therefore limited our authors' page to a few examples.
Examples of digital authors
Portuguese: Authors & Texts - Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard
This excellent page in the Harvard University website provides an extensive list of sites dedicated to Portuguese / Lusophone authors - their lifes and their work. Hyperlinks exist to Eça de Queirós, Camões, Lispector, Machado de Assis, to name but a few.
Here are some sites dedicated to specific authors:
- José Eduardo Agualusa
- António Lobo Antunes
- Machado de Assis
- Mário Cesariny
- Mário-Henrique Leiria
- Clarice Lispector
- Alexandre O'Neill
- Fernando Pessoa
- Graciliano Ramos
- Gonçalo M. Tavares
Fundação José Saramago
This Institution is devoted to the preservation of Saramago’s estate. It also holds a biannual literary award and several other literary and cultural events throughout the year.
Europeana provides access to over 50 million digitised items - books, music, artworks and more.
Análise Social is a Portuguese peer-reviewed academic journal of social science, published quarterly since 1963 by the Social Sciences Institute of the University of Lisbon. It specialises in the fields of anthropology, history, political science, and sociology.
Comparative Literature and Culture Web Journal (CLCWeb)
A peer-refereed quarterly of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences published online on the world wide web in public access by Purdue University Press.
Etnográfica is an academic journal of Social and Cultural Anthropology. It is currently published by the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), based in Lisbon, Portugal. Following a strict peer-review system, it is publishedtriannually, accepting articles in Portuguese, English, Spanish or French.
Hispanic Research Journal
Hispanic Research Journal promotes and disseminates research into the cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The fields covered include literature and literary theory, cultural history and cultural studies, language and linguistics, and film and theatre studies. It publishes articles in four languages; Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and English, and encourages, especially through its features section, debate and interaction between researchers all over the world who are working in these fields. Exclusively published online in order to promote the knowledge of poetry in Portuguese, this journal's particular interest is in contemporary authors.
Jornal de Poesia
Exclusively published online in order to promote the knowledge of poetry in Portuguese, this journal's particular interest is in contemporary authors.
This international journal of political studies in social, human and environmental sciences in Portuguese and Luso-creole is historically linked to official or national language locations, countries and communities.
Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies
Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies is a multilingual interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that addresses the literatures and cultures of the diverse communities of the Portuguese-speaking world in terms of critical and theoretical approaches.
A multidisciplinary journal devoted to research on the cultures, societies, and history of the Lusophone world.
Project MUSE was launched in 1995 by the Johns Hopkins University Press, in collaboration with the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University, to offer the full text of JHUP scholarly journals via the world wide web. In 1999, MUSE expanded to become a unique partnership of not-for-profit publishers, increasing its ability to offer essential periodicals in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. Currently, Project MUSE offers over 220 quality journal titles from 37 scholarly publishers. As one of the academic community's primary electronic periodicals resources, Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.
Journal published by the Cátedra Padre António Vieira, at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO). Fields of study include:
- Canons and margins in Portuguese and Brazilian literature;
- Tradition and rupture in Portuguese and Brazilian literature;
- Aspects of the Portuguese language throughout its history;
- The role of the intellectual in modern and post-modern societies;
- Literature and urban experience.
4.3 humanities portals/sites
The European Library
This is the World Wide Web service of Europe's National Libraries represented in the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL). It offers information about all the National Libraries of Europe, their services and online exhibitions.
Humanities in Latin America
This belongs to LANIC (Latin American Network Information Center) and lists numerous web-sites devoted to architecture, art, history, languages, literature, music, performing arts and philosophy.
Universia.pt - O portal dos universitários
This site gives you access to many digital libraries of Portuguese universities.
Virtual Library for Medieval Studies
The Labyrinth provides free access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a server at Georgetown University. It includes a section devoted to Iberian texts (labelled 'Spanish', but several of the resources are pan-Iberian).
Biblioteca Virtual de Estudos Culturais
This virtual library belongs to Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. It analyses and refers to sites of interest for students of contemporary culture, with particular attention to scientific activity and other areas of social life.
Contemporary Portuguese History Research Centre (CPHRC)
Created in 1998, the CPHRC is committed to use the global reach of the internet to provide a store of documentary material related to the history of the Portuguese Republic and to use new technology to facilitate and to promote the study of Portugal.
Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP)
The Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) is an intergovernmental organization for friendship amongLusophone nations where Portuguese is an official language. Its member states are: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and East-Timor.
Voice of the Shuttle
This is a database of humanities and humanities-related resources on the Internet. It contains general resources for Portuguese studies, Portuguese Literature, and Portuguese University Departments in the US.
- CRPC - Corpus de Referência do Português Contemporâneo
- CINTIL - Corpus Internacional do Português
- Corpus do Português
- Corpus CETEMPúblico
- Corpus CoNE (Correio Não Endereçado)
- C-ORAL-ROM - Integrated Reference Corpora for Spoken Romance Languages
- Corpus Português Fundamental
- Corpus HESITA
- CIPM - Corpus Informatizado do Portugues Medieval
- Tycho-Brahe - Parsed Corpus of Historical Portuguese
- Corpus Lexicografico do Portugues
- Corpus Eletrónico de Textos Históricos. Corpus Eletrónico do CELGA - Português do Periodo Clássico
- Corpus Post Scriptum - Arquivo Digital de Escrita Quotidiana em Portugal e Espanha na Época Moderna
- plataform TEITOK
- Corpus Wochwel
- CORDIAL-SIN Corpus dialetal para o estudo da sintax
- Gravações. Projetos Atlas Linguístico e Etnográfico de Portugal e da Galiza (ALEPG), Atlas Linguístico do Litoral Português, Atlas Linguístico e Etnográfico dos Açores, Fronteira Dialetal do Barlavento Algarvio
- Corpus Perfil Sociolinguístico da Fala Bracarense
- Corpus Português Falado: documentos autênticos
- VARPORT - Análise Contrastiva de Variedades do Português
- Corpus África
- plataforma TEITOK
- Corpus de português de S. Tomé (projeto VAPOR)
- Base de Dados de Aquisição do Português (AcEP)
- Corpus Freitas
- Corpus Santos
- LumaLiDa - Linguistic Diary of Luma
- PEAPL2 - Corpus de Produções Escritas de Aprendentes de PL2
- CAL2 - Corpus de Aquisição de L2
- COPLE2 - Corpus de Português Língua Estrangeira/Língua Segunda
- plataforma TEITOK
- CUTe - Corpus of Portuguese Undergraduates’ Texts
CORPORA - GALICIAN
- Proxectos - Instituto da Lingua Galega
- Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués - Universidade de Santiago/Instituto da Lingua Galega.
- Tesouro Informatizado da Lingua Galega - Universidade de Santiago/Instituto da Lingua Galega.
- Tesouro Medieval Informatizado da Lingua Galega - Universidade de Santiago/Instituto da Lingua Galega.
- Corpus de referencia do galego actual - Centro Ramon Pineiro para a investigacion en Humanidades.
- Corpus Oral Informatizado da Lingua Galega (CORILGA) - Universidade da Santiago/Instituto da Lingua Galega.
- Diccionario de dicionarios. - Universidade de Santiago/Instituto da Lingua Galega.
- Neoteca - Banco de Datos de Neoloxismos da Universidade de Vigo. Baseada no Corpus Neo de Prensa Galega
- Servizo de Terminoloxía Galega (TERMIGAL) Centro Ramon Pineiro papa a Investigacion en Humanidades
- O Portal da Lingua Galega - Lingua E LITERATURA GALEGA E ESPAÑOLA - Universida de Vigo - Wikipedia Page - Resources page
- Termoteca - Banco de Datos Terminolóxico da Universidade de Vigo. Baseado no Corpus Tecnico do Galego e no Corpus CLUVI.
- Corpus CTG - Corpus Técnico do Galego. Corpus Tecnico do Galego anotado con morfoloxia e semantica lexica.
- Consultar o Corpus CTAG - Corpus Técnico Anotado do Galego
- Glosario da poesía medieval profana galego-portuguesa - Universidade da Coruna
This is the most searched British META-OPAC. It contains the online catalogue of 22 of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland, plus the British Library catalogue.
PORBASE - Base Nacional de Dados Bibliográficos
PORBASE is the largest bibliographical database in Portugal: it lists all the collections of the Biblioteca Nacional as well as of 149 other libraries in the country (University libraries 63%; specialized libraries 19%; other public libraries 10% and private libraries 8%). All these libraries can be accessed through the Directório de Bibliotecas Cooperantes da PORBASE run by the BN.
Karlsruhe Virtueller Katalog KVK
The wonderful University of Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue allows you to search all the major libraries and national OPACS in the world at once. This is an indispensable resource.
4.5 virtual libraries
This is a search engine that allows you to scour all major virtual libraries in Europe, in every European language. 145 Portuguese resources are accessible here.
This is a database of early texts produced in the Iberian Peninsula.
Labyrinth Library: Iberian texts
This is a collection of Medieval Iberian texts, included in the Virtual Library for Medieval Studies.
This large collection of Portuguese literary texts is indexed by author and by literary period. Author pages include brief biographies and links to other relevant pages.
This is a collection of e-books from numerous different literatures, including Portuguese works.
European Commission Libraries Catalogue (ECLAS)
ECLAS is a bibliographic data base consisting of ca. 350,000 catalogue records in the domain of European affairs; about 7000 new records are added annually. The data are catalogued in MARC21 format and indexed using the bi-lingual (FR, EN) ECLAS thesaurus.