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The purpose of this guide is to assist you in doing research for the LING 360.
If you need help, please contact Ivana Niseteo, Liaison Librarian for English, French, French Programs (FASS), Humanities, Linguistics, and World Literature at 778.782.6838 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ask a librarian.
Dictionaries & encyclopedias
Merriam-Webster Online dictionary
Encyclopedia of language and linguistics. 2nd ed., 2006. A comprehensive 14-volume encyclopedia.
The linguistics encyclopedia (2nd ed)
The Routledge handbook of linguistics / ed. K. Allan
Key concepts in second language acquisition / Shawn Loewen, Hayo Reinders [print]
Routledge encyclopedia of language teaching and learning 2nd ed. 2013 / ed. M. Byram and A. Hu
In the Library Catalogue start with a combination of Keywords, for example: 'second language acquisition and L1'; 'computer and language and learning'
Check the Subject Headings in each record and find the ones that best reflect what you need. You can click on any Subject Heading to retrieve other books catalogued by the same term.
To successfully perform a Subject search, and not a keyword search, you need to know the exact wording of the subject term, *prescribed* by some library authority.
If you have a topic
The best databases to look for journal articles on topics in second language acquisition are:
- Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA).
- MLA International Bibliography
- Communication and Mass Media Complete
Start your search with a combination of two Keywords, (e.g. 'second language learning' and 'computer').
Mark 'Peer reviewed'. What is a scholarly journal?
Check the full record to find the abstract and the Descriptors (=Subject Headings) that best reflect what you are looking for.
Another good approach is to first browse the Thesaurus or Index to find the exact DEscriptors (=Subject Headings) used by a database.
Get the articles
If the article is not available in the database in full-text, click on the Where Can I Get This? button or link. A new window will open with details on how to access the article.
Potentially, there are four possibilities:
- the article is available full-text online. Click on the link provided.
- the article is available in the library, in print format only. Click on the SFU Library link to check the location and whether the library has the volume you need.
- the article is not available in the library, but you can request it from another institution. Click on the Search other libraries / Request this item and then on the Request This Item Now.
- the article is not available. Go back to the database and choose another item.
If you need help interpreting the information on the Where Can I Get This? page, try Help.
You have a citation
How would you search for an article that you already have the citation for, e.g. from your textbook or from another bibliography?
Find this article in the library:
McWhorter, John H. (2003). Pidgins and creoles as models of language change: The state of the art. Annual Review of
Applied Linguistics, 23, p. 202-12.
If you have a citation from another source, and it appears that the SFU Library does not have the material you need, you can request it via Interlibrary Loan, following these steps:
- From the Library homepage click on Request Items from Other Libraries.
- Choose the Book option for books or Journal Article option for articles. All you need to do is fill in the form. The system will start looking for a Western Canadian library that has the item. It will take at least three days, but it might as well take a week or more for the material to arrive.
Citation management tools
Citation or reference management tools collect your journal article, book, or other document citations together in one place, and help you create properly formatted bibliographies in almost any style — in seconds. Citation management tools help you keep track of your sources while you work and store your references for future use and reuse.
Student Learning Commons (SLC).
- Having trouble developing a thesis for your research essay? The SLC provides writing and learning support services through workshops, personal consultations and print & online resources.
- Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University. Close to 200 handouts on various aspects of writing and referencing.