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General Linguistics Research Guide

Online Encyclopedias and Reference

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 linguistic terms and concepts.

Print Encyclopedias

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. 

Search the entire library catalog using the Books+ Tab here.

Materials on Linguistics topics are found under the "P" category, which is on 3rd floor of the Chester Fritz Library.‚Äč

P1-1091 Philology. Linguistics
P95-95.6 Oral communication. Speech
P101-410 Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar
P121-149 Science of language (Linguistics)
P306-310 Translating and interpreting
P501-769 Indo-European (Indo-Germanic) philology
If the library does not have them item, use Worldcat and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) what you need:
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Featured Books

Currently, the featured books section highlights some of the library's best handbooks & companions for linguistics, which typically offer the reader an opportunity to survey and learn about a broad field of scholarship in a comprehensive way.  They give a snap shop of the discipline covered at the time the book is published.  Unlike a retrospective collection of articles, these guides are written or edited as a planned and intentional effort, with chapters and sections interrelating and complimenting one another and thereby tend to be more readable and integrated research works.

Finding Articles through Databases

Use databases to find academic articles to continue your research. Below are the most helpful databases for finding relevant articles for linguistics.

Good Starting Places for Journals

The following will help you find specific academic journals, most of which are published and peer-reviewed by experts in the field. If you want to narrow your search to a specific topic, country, or issue, finding a journal that publishes in that area can help. 

Free access to selected UND Scholarly Work