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CLEAR Resource Collection


About the Collection

Our materials are available to be checked out to any American University student, staff, or faculty member or used in-site if they are non-circulating items. In order to borrow any of the circulating items in the collection all you need is your AU ID.

The Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition and Research (CLEAR) holds over 3,000 Foreign Language titles including films, textbooks, audio books, workbooks, dictionaries and self-teaching materials.

We welcome suggestions for new materials—just contact us and let us know what you'd be interested in. We are always looking to expand the collection, so if you have materials related to language or linguistics that you would like to donate, please contact us or stop by the Center. Contributions to our collections are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

General Resources

  • ALTEC: Links to sites related to the study of languages and cultures
  • Foreign Languages for Travelers: Learn to speak a foreign language online.
    Please use this website at your own risk! This website may circumvent installed pop-up blockers
  • FL Teach: Foreign Language Teaching Forum
    SUNY Cortland - Department of International Communications and Culture. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Audio-Forum: Offers self-instructional courses.

Collection Location

Location Icon Anderson Hall, B-10

While classes are in session, CLEAR is open

  • 9am - 9pm, Mondays through Thursdays,
  • 9am -5pm on Fridays and
  • 2-7pm on Sundays.

Holdings & Policies

  • Books: The majority of the collection can be checked out for 14 days, with the exception of reference and reserve items, that circulate for 3 hours. 

  • DVDs: 7 day checkout. A maximum of 3 DVDs per series may be borrowed at any one time.

  • Fines: AU students, faculty and staff may obtain and return the materials within CLEAR. Any fines accrued must be paid at the Bender University Library Circulation Desk.

Language-Specific Resources

These sites provide links to a wide variety of literary and French-language resources, including literary criticism, full-text access to historical, non-copyrighted literary works, bibliographies, and topics lists.

  • CIEF
    Council of International Francophone Studies (Conseil International d"Etudes Francophones) is a nonprofit with aims to encourage interdisciplinary studies within French speaking communities and all those interested in the Francophone world. This page contains a list of recommended links.
  • Online Wörterbuch der Technischen Universitaet München
  • Erlanger Liste
    Erlanger Liste: Links to various types of dictionaries: Etymological, Fremdwoerter, Vocabulary, Grammatik, Old and Middle High German
  • Fachlexika (
    Links to dictionaries & encyclopaedias on Business & Law
  • Wikipedia
    Online Enzyklopaedia available in many languages
  • Lexikonia
    Online database in German
  • Wö
    German-English and English-German Dictionary, also thesaurus, synonyms
    Search facility. Dictionaries and Glossaries for German incl word formation, spelling, morphology; Online grammar - all areas


Electronic Texts in Modern Slavic Languages