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LLBA Search

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
The main linguistics database for finding journal articles. Beware: Articles written in foreign languages have their titles translated into English. The original title is visible on the full record. You can limit to English only (or to the languages you know) on the Advanced Search page.


Another Linguistics Database for Finding Journal Articles

MLA International Bibliography
Covers journal articles in the fields of literature, linguistics and folklore.  Also includes references to individual book chapters, which is an important way of publishing in this field. If you type the name of a language in MLA, you'll get results about the language and its literature/folklore, whereas LLBA is more focused on the language itself.

Linguistics Encyclopedias & Reference Works

International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (Oxford)
Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics (Elsevier)
Both encyclopedias are good for looking up linguistics concepts as well as reference information on languages and language families.

Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
Also good for foundational articles when your topic is applied (e.g. second language learning, interpreting, speech therapy...). 

Oxford English Dictionary
Dictionary of Old English: A to I
For English historical linguistics. Look up the etymology of English words.

Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology, and Sound Change Reference Atlas Stand (Ask at Reference Desk)
E-book version
Focuses on phonological differences in North American speech

Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) Reference PE2843 D52
Focuses on regional vocabulary

An annotated bibliography of nineteenth-century grammars of English

Other Databases

Academic Search Premier
Journal articles on many subjects.  Good source for most topics.  In this database, I recommend limiting to "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" to avoid popular magazines.

Web of Science
Useful for citation searching. Once you find one relevant article, these databases help you find newer articles that cited the original article.

Journal Databases from Related Fields

Anthropology Plus

Communication & Mass Media Complete

Education database that includes some applied linguistics and TESOL.


Medical database that covers speech disorders and some neurolinguistics.

Sociological Abstracts

Search Tips

Watch out for variant spellings and alternate names, especially in the names of languages.

Example: The Ewe language is also known as Ebwe, Efe, Ehwe, Eibe, Eue, Eve, Gbe, Krepe, Krepi, Popo, or Vhe. I found this alternate name list in the Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, a good source for such lists.

Use a * to cut off a word at its stem, e.g. diglossi* retrieves diglossia and diglossic.

Some search systems, including ProQuest (used in LLBA) and the ZSR homepage, will return matches to all the words you entered, regardless of word order or words in between. In EBSCOhost (used in MLA), you need to type the word AND (or use the second row) if you want to enter more than one word that is not an exact phrase.

If you can't use a star to search for spelling variants, use OR: swiss or switzerland

Putting it all together: diglossi* and (switzerland or swiss)

Too many irrelevant results? Try limiting by date, language of article, or to peer reviewed (scholarly) articles

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