Use the WSU online catalog to find the location
and availability of books and other media in Stewart Library.
Because the keywords for grammar, style and usage topics are frequently generic, it's usually best to use the official Library of Congress subject headings.
Click on the arrow next to the box and change the menu entry to Subject Alphabetical.
- English language--style
- English language--rhetoric
- English language--usage
- English language--grammar
- English language--syntax
- English language--errors of usage
- English language--composition and exercises
- Style, Literary
- Language and languages--style
- Forensic linguistics
When using the subject alphabetical search, you must copy punctuation exactly - commas, dashes, etc. have meaning to the system. If you use subject keyword, you can drop the punctuation.
You may also combine any
of these terms and do a general keyword search. For example: rhetoric authorship.
When researching subjects relating to the English language, remember
to allow for spelling differences between U.S. and British English:
behavior/behaviour, color/colour, etc. Most library databases will NOT
do this for you. Some search engines do, but even they miss useful items unless you search both spellings.
- Bartleby.com has
several older editions of style, grammar and usage guides as well
a current American Heritage collection.
- Netlibrary - a collection of electronic books, some public domain, some modern/copyrighted.
- Fowler, H. W., The King's English, 1908. From Bartleby.com
- Mencken, H.L., The American Language, 1921. From Bartleby.com
- Strunk, William, Jr., The Elements of Style, 1918. From Bartleby.com
See reference resources below for more books.
If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will
borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary
Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other
materials you use to "refer" to. Use these resources for
background information on a topic.
ONLINE REFERENCE RESOURCES
- International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, 2nd ed. (First
edition is in General Collections and may be checked out)
Reference P29.I58 2003
- The Linguistics Encyclopedia Reference P29.L52 2002
- Elements of Style, Strunk & White. 4th ed. Reference
- Garner's Modern American Usage Reference PE2827.G37
- The New York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style and Usage
Reference Table 2B
- The Handbook of Morphology Reference P241.H36
- The Oxford Companion to the English Language Reference PE31.O84
- The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Reference P29.C64
- The Cambridge Guide to English Usage Reference PE 1464.P47 2004
- The Oxford History of English Lexicography - on order
- Donald McQuade (ed.) The Territory of Language: Linguistics, Stylistics,
and the Teaching of Composition. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University
General Collection PE1404.T47 1986
To find articles on your
topic you need to use article databases, know in the past periodical
indexes and/or abstracts. Each database usually covers a group of subject related
journals. Search by subject or keyword in these indexes. For
home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.
Note: If you don't see the fulltext for an article, check a link that says Find Fulltext. It will bring up a screen that shows if we have the article fulltext in a different database, in print or if you need to use ILL.
- MLA Bibliography - MLA International Bibliography is usually the best index for researching language and linguistics topics. MLA provides article references for articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore back to 1963. Citations and some abstracts only.
- Academic Search Premier - Provides full text articles from
magazines and journals
- ERIC (EbscoHost)
- For articles and other types of information on language teaching.
- Full text scholarly articles in the fields of language and literature. Archive database, most articles are at least 3 years old.
- Literature Resource Center - emphasis is on literature, but includes
some other information.
- Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (1985-2004)
- Not online; see Stewart Library Periodicals P1.L28742 (General Collection, top floor.)
Google Scholar - this is a good place to find "gray" literature such as conference proceedings and articles on topics not covered by library databases. The cited reference feature is an easy way to expand your bibliography. Check out my Quick Guide to Web Searching to see how to link to ejournals available at WSU.
Intute: Arts & Humanities - a specialized search engine/directory created by UK universities.
BROWSING CURRENT PERIODICALS
Current magazines and
journals can be browsed in the Current Periodicals Area, in the
"PE" section on the Main level. Bound volumes of older
issues are found upstairs in the periodicals stacks. Relevant
journals are listed below:
The library subscribes
to many electronic journals. Check our Electronic Journals
database (includes print) to see our current holdings. If you're using a library database, just click the Find Fulltext link - no need to go to the Electronic Journals page
some sites to get you started. Many of these will take you to other
links, so explore!