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Linguistics: Locating Articles

A research guide to finding books, articles, and other resources in Linguistics

Using Databases

Databases provide access to published material in:

  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • scholarly journals
  • books
  • and other valuable information sources.

Magazines vs. Journals

Magazines are periodicals that are generally popular in nature, unlike journals, which are usually more scholarly and specialized.  Here are some differences between the two:


Magazine: Glossy; pictures often in color.
Journal: More serious look; few pictures, if any.

♦  Content

Magazine: Current events; general interest. 
Journal: More specialized; research topics.

♦  Audience

Magazine: General public.
Journal: Scholars and researchers in a particular field.

♦  Style

Magazine: Written for the average reader.
Journal: Written for others in the field; shows research.

♦  Foot / Endnotes and Bibliographies

Magazine: Few notes, if any.  No bibliographies.
Journal: Includes notes and sometimes bibliographies.

♦  Advertisements

Magazine: Many ads, often in color. 
Journal: Few or no ads.  If any, they are usually for books.

Citing Your Sources

While writing research papers, you may need to:

  List your sources in bibliographies or works cited, and

♦  Provide either footnotes or endnotes.

Here is a link to the UMW Libraries' Guide to Citing Resources.

Linguistics Databases

A "multimedia reference tool" that provides a detailed record of the "regional dialects of English spoken in the urbanized areas of the United States and Canada in the years 1992 to 1999."
Communication and Mass Media Complete (coverage varies; mostly 1930s to date)
Provides abstracts of articles (summaries) of nearly 800 journals and includes the full text for more than 450 journals.

Ethnologue: Languages of the World (UMW subscription)
Provides information on the 7,100 languages spoken around the world. Browse or search by language name, language family, or country. Provides features not available in the free version of Ethnologue (below).
  An encyclopedic reference work that catalogs the 7,100 known languages in the world.
Indexes articles in the language sciences, including the fields of linguistics, phonetics, morphology, semantics, and syntax.  Covers more than 1,500 serials, as well as books, book chapters, and dissertations.
PsycINFO (1872 to date)
Indexes and abstracts the professional and academic literature in psychology and such related disciplines as linguistics, sociology, education, speech, and more.
Social Sciences Full Text (1983 to date; full text 1995 to date)
Indexes and abstracts more than 625 journals in the fields of psychology, sociology, gender studies, and other disciplinary fields in the social sciences.

SocINDEX with Full Text (1908 to date)
"Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study."

Other Useful Databases

Academic Search Complete (approximately 1880s to date)
Provides abstracts and full-text articles from more than 10,000 books, scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and reference works on a wide variety of topics.

AnthroSource (1888 to date)
Indexes publications of the American Anthropological Association.
Dissertations and Theses Full Text
"Offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works."

Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984
Indexes nearly 1,200 periodicals.
Humanities Full Text (indexing: 1984 to date; select full text: 1995 to date)
Indexes some 600 journals in the humanities.
Humanities International Complete (coverage varies; approximately 1985 to date)
Provides the full text of hundreds of magazines, journals, books, and other works.
JSTOR (archived publications from the 1800s to the last 1-5 years)
A full-text collection of scholarly journals in a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. To focus your search, use the Advanced Search and the "narrow by discipline" and "language" limiters.
Project Muse (coverage varies; mostly 1995 to date)
Provides online access to more than 400 scholarly journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

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