Contact: PSU Librarian
CAT Search Tips:
The CAT is the list of what is owned by Penn State Libraries. Go to the Browse function if you are looking for a specific title or author (type last name first). Go to the Keyword function and combine terms to search on a topic then use the subject headings from relevant books for additional search terms. Write down the call number and location for any book you want. For more detailed searching information go to the Quick Guide to the CAT.
Suggested CAT Search Terms:
linguistics, phonetics, phonology, language, syntax, grammar,
P - Linguistics
PA-PZ - Specific language families and regions
Once you have the books, check them out at the nearest lending desk or self check-out station. Loan periods are usually four weeks but books can be recalled for another user, so respond promptly to library notices. For more information see the University Libraries Lending Code.
Teach Yourself Series
Routldege Colloquial Language Series
Good Linguistic Handbooks
Cambridge University Press Language Families
Routlesge Language Families
Journal Search Tips:
Finding the best articles on your topic requires a number of steps.
Use Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts to search for articles. Use Cambridge U and de Gruyter to extract articles from journals.
Cambridge University Press - Electronic Journals
de Gruyter Online Journals
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
These are non-fasttrack links
Linguist List -
Get the full text:
Once you find the citation, you may find the full text linked from the database. If not, finding the complete article requires additional steps. Check to see if Penn State has access to the electronic version by searching the e-journals list (note; this may take you to a publisher’s site where you have to search your journal title again). See if Penn State owns the print version by searching the journal title in the Browse mode of the CAT.
Remember to consult the reference librarian for the Humanities Libraries.
Selecting a Research Topic:
Pick a topic you enjoy! You want something that is broad enough that you can find information and yet narrow enough that you are not overwhelmed with sources. Check out Defining Your Topic for suggestions on finding and refining topics.
Resources for Content:
To evaluate print sources and web sites, you should ask a series of questions concerning the source’s currency, authority, validity, intended audience and bias. See this How to Evaluate Information site for details.
When using linguistics data, you must cite a source (article, textbook, speaker). The only exception is if you are using yourself as a native speaker.
For this course, the Linguistic Inquiry style will be used. This is similar, but not identical to the APA style guide. A handout will be provided in class.
Language Profiles - Accessible yet well-researched
profiles for many languages around the world
Your Dictionary.com - Links to dictionaries and sources from around the world
African Language Resources - Site is actually about the Basenji dog breed, but links are excellent
Minority Languages of Russia on the Net - Covers Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Mongolia
LANIC Latin American Languages and Language Groups - Covers indigenous languages of Central and South America
Native Languages Pages - Covers continental US, Canada, Hawaii, and Latin America
European Minority Languages - Languages are in native name