How to do Research in Celtic Studies

Library resources for researchers working on Celtic languages and literatures


Topic-specific keywords will help improve your results in a general multidisciplinary database like Google, Google Scholar, HOLLIS, or Academic Search Premier.

Add keywords like these to your search:

  • Language terms - Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh
  • Publication type terms - bibliography, festschriften, gazetteers, manuscripts
  • Genre terms - folk music, legends, poetry, storytelling, tales
  • Geographic terms - Ireland, Brittany, Galicia, Scotland, Wales
  • Subject terms - grammar, hagiography, parenthood, philology




JSTOR (via HarvardKey) -- A top database for scholarship in Celtic studies.Includes scholarly journals, books and primary sources. Not the best option for recent publications, due to moving wall embargoes. Search tip: Visit the Advanced Search page and check the box(es) to search within a relevant sub-discipline (e.g., “Archaeology,” “Folklore,” “Music”).


The Bibliography of British and Irish History (via HarvardKey) -- One of the main bibliographical sources on the History of the British Isles and Ireland. Search tip: Use the Advanced Search to specify time “Period covered,” a “Person as subject,” or explore the “Place name” and “Subject trees.”


BrillOnline Dictionaries. Etymological Dictionaries (via HarvardKey) -- For Celtic, select Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online. Each entry is accompanied by grammatical info, meaning(s), etymological commentary, reconstructions, cognates and often extensive bibliographical information.


MLA International Bibliography (via HarvardKey) -- An essential index to scholarly studies since 1926 of worldwide literatures from all time periods. Also covers related fields such as folklore and mythology, linguistics, theory, film, and popular culture. 



The Library Research Guide for Celtic Languages and Literatures provides basic resources for research in Celtic studies.


Ramona Crawford, the library liaison to Celtic Languages and Literatures, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.



The Fred Norris Robinson Celtic Seminar Library holds books and other resources related to all aspects of Celtic Studies. The library is open to current undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literature. Other scholars who wish to access the materials in the collection can request permission to do so. The library is located in Widener Library, Room K.


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