Use the WSU online catalog to find location
and availability of books and other media in Stewart Library. Books
on the history of the English language are generally located
within the call number PE in the General Collection.
Books on linguistics are found under the call numbers P29
and the P100's. Works of literature are found under
When searching for information on English, remember to allow for
spelling differences between U.S. and British English: behavior/behaviour,
color/colour, etc. The computer will NOT do this for you.
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
- Cambridge History of the English Language (6 vols)
General Collection PE1072.C36 1992
- International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Edited by William
Bright, Oxford, 4 volumes.
Reference P29.I58 1991
- Dictionary of Historical and Comparative Linguistics, R.L. Trask.
Reference P143.T727 2000
- The Oxford Companion to the English Language. Edited By Tom
Reference PE31.O84 1992
- The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, By David Crystal, Cambridge.
Reference P29.C64 1987
- The Cambridge History of the English Language. By Norm Blake,
Reference (may be on reserve) PE1072.C36 1992
To find articles on your
topic you need to use article databases, also known as periodical
indexes. Each database usually covers a group of subject related
journals. Search by subject or keyword in these indexes. Most indexes
are available from off campus.
Search Premier - Provides full text articles from
magazines and journals
- For articles and other types of information on language teaching.
- Fulltext scholarly articles
- MLA - MLA
International Bibliography is usually the best index for researching
language and linguistics topics. MLA provides article reference
for articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and
folklore back to 1963. Citations and some abstracts only.
Resource Center - emphasis is on literature, but includes
some other information.
- Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts - Not online;
see Stewart Library Periodicals P1.L28742
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:
- Philological Quarterly P1.P566
- Studies in Philology p1.S933
- Language Learning: A Journal of Research In Language Studies
- Language: Journal of the Linguistic Society of America P1.L287
- The Chaucer Review PR 1.C496
- English Language Notes P1.E584
- English Studies: A Journal of English Language and Literature
- Journal of English Linguistics (via interlibrary loan)
- Language (via interlibrary loan)
The library subscribes
to many electronic journals. Check our ejournals
database to see our current holdings.
some sites to get you started. Most of these will take you to other
links, so explore!
of the English Language