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Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures: Home
A library guide for students majoring or taking courses in linguistics, languages, literature and culture
Welcome to the Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures Research Guide!
This guide will help you discover the best resources in the library and beyond for your assignments. Sections on citing, web resources and evaluating your sources and are included.
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Starting your Research
A good search always starts with the best keywords.
Break down your topic or research question to its key concepts and find alternative keywords/phrases that express it.
Try different combinations of keywords on different databases
Keep a list of your keywords and their different combinations to track your research journey.
You can use reference sources (see right) to expand your keyword pool
Reference Sources at the Library
A reference source summarizes information: gives the main developments, authors and history of an event, an idea etc. Encyclopedias, handbooks, introductions, dictionaries and monographs can be described as reference sources and it's useful to start your search by using these tools. An easy way to find these sources on the shelves is to go to the start of the LC number based on the subject you are researching on, for example if you are researching Linguistics and Languages go to the start of the shelf under the category P.
SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and "Little Blue Book” series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and specially commissioned videos.