To find materials including books, journals, and audio visual materials use:
Our Library Catalog – for resources held at Lovejoy Library
I-Share Catalog – for resources held at 76 Illinois libraries. Interlibrary loan requests may be submitted directly online for many items using the Request button.
WorldCat – for resources held at more than 40,000 libraries throughout the world.
Interlibrary loan requests may be submitted directly online using ILLiad for items not available through the I-Share catalog.
Subject Headings in the Online Catalog
The Library of Congress Subject Headings include a “Scope Note for Linguistics” that may help you to refine your search in these online catalogs.
“Here are entered works dealing with the scientific study of human speech, including phonetics, phonemics, morphology, and syntax. Works dealing with language in general, the origin and history of language and surveys of languages are entered under the heading Language and languages.”
For a more precise search of subjects related to linguistics, you should consider exploring the Narrower Terms associated with linguistics. To find this list of subject headings, do a Subject search using linguistics in the Lovejoy Library catalog and select the “See also” button on the results page. The terms listed below are examples of narrower terms.Analogy (Linguistics); Anaphora (Linguistics); Anthropological linguistics; Applied linguistics; Areal linguistics ; Asymmetry (Linguistics); Binary principle (Linguistics); Biolinguistics; Classifiers (Linguistics); Code switching (Linguistics); Componential analysis (Linguistics); Context (Linguistics); Contrastive linguistics; Creativity (Linguistics); Deep structure (Linguistics); Distinctive features (Linguistics); Functionalism (Linguistics); Grammar, Comparative and general; Historical linguistics; Idioms; Linguistic models; Markedness (Linguistics); Mathematical linguistics; Modality (Linguistics); Neurolinguistics; Paralinguistics; Parallelism (Linguistics); Phonetics; Prosodic analysis (Linguistics); Psycholinguistics; Reference (Linguistics); Register (Linguistics); Sociolinguistics; Speech acts (Linguistics); Structural linguistics; Substratum (Linguistics); Surface structure (Linguistics); Typology (Linguistics); Universals (Linguistics); Word (Linguistics); Government-binding theory (Linguistics); Autosegmental theory (Linguistics); Definiteness (Linguistics); Genericalness (Linguistics)
In addition to searching Narrower Terms, you may also find it useful to explore subheadings - such as: Bibliography; Dictionaries; Encyclopedias; Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Periodicals; or Research - as part of your Subject search.
For example: Applied Linguistics Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Applied Linguistics Periodicals; Linguistics Bibliography; Linguistics Dictionaries; Linguistics Periodicals; Linguistics Research; Sociolinguistics Periodicals
Use the following indexes to locate journal literature.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) (1973 – present)
International in scope, this database provides comprehensive coverage of linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The LLBA indexes more than 1500 journals, and provides abstracts of journal articles, books and dissertations.
MLA International Bibliography (1926 – present)
This international database produced by the Modern Language Association of America, covers scholarly writing in journals, books, and dissertations, on modern languages, literatures, folklores and linguistics. The MLA indexes approximately 400 peer-reviewed journals that focus on linguistics from throughout the world.
Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) (1966 – present)
Sponsored by the United States Department of Education, this national bibliography includes journal articles and reports from the “literature of education.” “Language and linguistics” are among the many subjects covered in this database for educators.
Identifying Search Terms in the Journal Databases
Subject headings in these databases may differ from those used in the online catalogs. Consult the online thesaurus for each database to determine the most appropriate search terms. For example, the LLBA thesaurus function can be used to construct your search in order to generate more relevant results. Searching LLBA for “linguistics” as a keyword will result in more than 200,000 hits! The MLA database also has a thesaurus. From the “linguistics” entry you can expand your search to find other related terms. To use the thesaurus in the ERIC database, click on the Thesaurus button in the top blue bar and Browse the term "linguistics".
To Locate Journals and Retrieve Copies of Articles
The SFX journal management system is enabled in LLBA , MLA , and the Ovid ERIC database, making it easier to link to find full text copies of articles and link to journal holdings in our online catalog. For the most up to date information on locating journals to retrieve copies of articles refer to the “How Do I?” guides prepared by the Library Instruction Office.
Journal articles or chapters of books that are not owned by Lovejoy Library may be retrieved through the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system. For questions about the ILLiad system, please consult the “Interlibrary Loan via ILLiad FAQ.”
Important linguistic resource:
Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt's linguistic resource page:
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