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English Language Studies

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

The following links will take you to online encyclopedias and reference manuals to help you get started on your research. Here you can find general background information, definitions, and history on many literary terms and concepts.The library also has a number of print encyclopedias that can be found in the Reference section on the second floor of the library. Reference books cannot be checked out of the library but there are scanners available on the second floor that can be used to scan information from these texts into a PDF which you can email to yourself. 




The English language has changed dramatically over time. Below are dictionaries to help you understand the history of the language, as well as look up definitions and spelling.

Good Starting Databases for English Language Studies

The following databases are good places to go to start researching your topic. Each database has a slightly different focus, so you might need to try out a couple of  databases before finding one that returns the sort of results you are looking for. 

Good Starting Journals for English Language Studies

The following are links to specific academic journals which are published and peer-reviewed by experts in the field. If you want to narrow your search to a specific topic or approach, you might need to check a couple of different journals until you find one that publishes in the area you are looking for.

Search the entire library catalog here.

Materials on Linguistics topics are found under the "P" category on the 3rd floor of the Chester Fritz Library

PE1-3729 English
PE101-458 Anglo-Saxon. Old English
PE501-693 Middle English
PE814-896 Early Modern English
PE1001-1693 Modern English
PE1700-3602 Dialects. Provincialisms, etc.

Featured Books

Looking for an interesting research topic? Currently, the featured books section holds some of the newest additions to the library's collection of research-worthy linguistics texts.