Languages & Linguistics Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on languages and linguistics


MLA Bibliography - language, linguistics, literature, folklore, literary theory and criticism, and the dramatic arts

Communication & Mass Media Complete - includes journals that focus on language

Project Muse - arts, humanities, and social sciences

Sage Journals - social sciences; includes several top linguistics journals

Science Direct - natural and social sciences; includes several top linguistics journals

Others to consider:

Academic OneFile - interdisciplinary coverage of journals

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) - useful for all topics

CountryWatch - information, data and news on all countries, including languages spoken

ERIC - education, including the educational aspects of language

Google Scholar - indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - includes journals that focus on language

PsycINFO - psychology, including the psychological aspects of language

Sociological Abstracts - sociology, including the sociological aspects of language

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

Use OneSearch to look for books on your topic.

Check here for a quick list of books on:

American Sign Language

General and comparative grammar

Second language acquisition


Study and teaching of the English language

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Selected Reference Books

American Sign Language dictionaries

Japanese language dictionaries

Linguistics dictionaries and encyclopedias

Spanish language dictionaries

Search language and linguistics encyclopedias

Books at other libraries

In the OneSearch box, select "Books & Media (all CSU)" to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Use WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

Use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books from other libraries.


Online language dictionaries

American Sign Language Browser - This Michigan State University resource is a video dictionary of thousands of ASL signs

Lexicool- A collection of bilingual and multilingual dictionaries

Oxford English Dictionary - a historical dictionary of the English language from the earliest times to the present day; shows not only the current meanings of words, but also traces their development through time.

Wordnik- This interactive English dictionary includes definitions, examples of use, photos, etymology, and more.

Language learning websites

Defense Language Institute - Provides a number of free online tools for learning language and cultural skills

DuoLingo - Practice Spanish and other (mostly European) languages through games

GLOSS- Online language lessons developed by the Defense Language Institute. Reading and listening lessons based on authentic language materials in 24 languages.

Language Course Finder - Find language schools and language courses worldwide

Linguistics & languages websites

Center for Applied Linguistics - Nonprofit organization working to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture

Ethnologue - An encyclopedic reference work cataloging the world's known living languages; provided by SIL International

Glossary of Linguistic Terms - Provided by SIL International

MLA Language Map - Map of languages spoken in the U.S.

Speech Accent Archive - Provided by George Mason University, this resource lets you compare accents of English speakers

Cite your sources

MLA (Modern Language Association) Citation Style

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (book)

Using MLA Format (Purdue U. Online Writing Lab) (website)

MLA Style FAQ (MLA website)

APA (American Psychological Association) Citation Style

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (book)

APA Style (APA's web site)

Using APA Format (Purdue U. Online Writing Lab) (website)

Databases with citation formatting

Many of the Library's databases offer automatic citation formatting tools for APA, MLA and other citation styles.

The automatic formatting tools are not always 100% accurate, so check your results carefully. If you are in doubt, compare your results with examples from the most recent version of the appropriate style manual.

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