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Research Guide: Study of Language for Teachers

Finding Books

Using Catalogs: Use the WSU online catalog to find location and availability of books and other media in Stewart Library. Books on linguistics are found under the call numbers P29 and the P100's.Books on the English language  are generally located within the call number PE in both the Reference Collection (main level) and in the General Collection (on level two.)  Books on Education are found under the letter L.

Use WorldCat to find books in other libraries. For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login. Stewart Library Interlibrary Loan services will order for you.

Subject Headings and keywords: Use the keywords syntax, grammar, phonetics, morphology, rhetoric, linguistics. Other useful subject headings may include: 

  • English Language - Variation
  • English Language - Standardization
  • English language - Philology
  • English language - Study and teaching
  • Critical pedagogy

Electronic Books: 

  • NetLibrary  - A searchable collection of electronic books on all subjects. Requires your WSU ID number

From Bookstores: Order books online from Amazon Books, Barnes and Noble or Yahoo Books Page. Also use Books in Print sources as needed.

Interlibrary Loan: If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Reference Resources

Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other materials you use to "refer" to. Use these resources for background information on a topic.



Listed below are some selected examples. Use the catalog or browse the shelves to see many more reference books on literature and literary criticism.

  • International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Edited by William Bright, Oxford, 4 volumes. 
    Reference P29.I58 1991
  • Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Linguistics
    Reference P129.E53 1998
  • Encyclopedia of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
    Reference LC3707.E53 1998
  • Encyclopedia Britannica                                                                                                                           Reference AE5.E363 
  • Handbook of Child Language 
    Reference P 118. H347 1995 
  • The Oxford Companion to the English Language. Edited By Tom McArthur.
    Reference PE31.O84 1992
  • The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, By David Crystal, Cambridge.
    Reference P29.C64 1987

Finding Articles


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. For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.

  • MLA - MLA International Bibliography provides article reference for articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore back to 1963. Updated ten times per year.
  • Arts & Humanities Search - Citations from many of the world's leading arts and humanities journals. 1980 - present, updates weekly. 
  • Academic Search Premier - Provides some full text articles in over a thousand magazines and journals  
  • Lexis/Nexis Academic - Full-text coverage of many newspapers from across the US and around the world.
  • ERIC - For articles and other types of information on education, and teaching  language and literature.
  • JSTOR -  A group of full-text journals in many subjects, including literature. Dates of coverage vary. 
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts - In paper copy at Stewart Library


  • Many other newspapers and broadcast news services are available on the Web.


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 P1.L2872
  • Language: Journal of the Linguistic Society of America P1.L287
  • English Language Notes P1.E584
  • English Studies: A Journal of English Language and Literature PE1.E58


Web Resources

Here are some WWW sites to get you started. Most of these will take you to other links, so explore!

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Updated March 2, 2010 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen or Mark LeTourneau
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