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Outreach Librarian:
Judi Briden

Rush Rhees Library


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 Articles & Books searches much of the library's content in a single search. Search settings can be changed on the results page. To limit to just scholarly articles, check the box for "Scholarly/peer-reviewed articles" in the upper left of search results.





The following databases focus on specific subject areas of interest to Linguistics. Some may use specialized terminology or other advanced features not available in more comprehensive search tools, but they will identify only a subset of content that is available.

  • 6635
    JSTOR Varies by title from 1800s - 2000s
    Full text articles in many disciplines.
  • 6850
    MLA International Bibliography Via ProQuest Varies
    Identifies articles, books, dissertations on literature, linguistics, film and folklore, most published since 1926.
  • 6669
    Project Muse 1993 - current
    Full text of scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.
  • 34632
    Oxford Handbooks Online: Linguistics Varies
    Essays covering core topics in linguistics, authored by leading scholars in the field.
  • 30676
    ISI Web of Science (Citation Database) 1898 - current
    Identifies journal articles and cited references to research publications from all disciplines, some with links to full text.
  • 6844
    Communication and Mass Media Complete Varies
    Articles on all aspects of speech, rhetoric, debate, broadcasting, and media studies.
  • 34306
    Sage Research Methods Varies
    Links research methods tools with content to help you design research projects across the social sciences.
  • 6936
    ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full-Text Via ProQuest 1861 - current
    Identifies Ph.D. dissertations from U.S. and Canadian universities since 1861. Abstracts from 1980. Many with full-text.
  • 6738
    ProQuest Historical Newspapers Via ProQuest Varies
    Full text - articles, ads, pictures - of New York Times (1851 - 2007) & other major papers. Click "More" link for their names.

See Databases for a complete list of library databases. The "Browse by Subject" section has more database recommendations for Linguistics, as well as recommendations for Sign Language & Deaf Studies, Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and other disciplines. 



Search Articles & Books or the UR Catalog to find books in the University of Rochester Libraries and online.


Articles & Books searches much of the library's content in a single search. Search settings can be changed on the results page. To limit to just books, check the box for "Book/eBook" on the left of search results. To further limit to just ebooks, also check the box for "Items with full text online."


UR Catalog searches also identify a variety of materials, not just books. Search results can be limited to books using the "Limit Your Search" pop-up.




All journals are listed in the UR Catalog. Search by journal title or browse a list of linguistics journals by searching the subject heading linguistics periodicals.


From the eJournals page, search/browse by title a subset of journals available online.


If you are looking for specific articles, use the Articles & Books search.


Reference Works
  • Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences   Rhees Reference P29 .C28 2011
  • Classification and Index of the World's Languages   Rhees Reference P203 .V6
  • Companion to Linguistic Anthropology   Rhees Reference P35 .C59 2004
  • Compendium of the World's Languages   Rhees Reference 371 .C36 2000 (earlier editions in Rhees Stacks)
  • Dictionary of American Regional English   Rhees Reference PE2843 .D52 1985 (see companion indexes by region, usage and etymology in Rhees Stacks)
  • Dictionary of historical and comparative linguistics   Rhees Reference P143 .T727 2000
  • Dictionary of the Synonyms in the Principal Indo-European Languages   Rhees Reference P765 .B92d
  • Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics   Rhees Reference P129 .E527 2013
  • Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics   Rhees Reference P29 .E48 2006
  • Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe   Rhees Reference P380 .E53 1998
  • Encyclopedia of the world's endangered languages   Rhees Reference P40.5 L332 E45 2007
  • Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics   Rhees Reference P99 .E65 1986
  • International Encyclopedia of Linguistics   online in Oxford Digital Reference and Rhees Reference P29 .I58 2003
  • Routledge encyclopedia of language teaching and learning   Rhees Reference P51 .R66 2000
  • Routledge encyclopedia of translation studies   Rhees Reference P306 .E57 2009
  • Routledge linguistics encyclopedia  online in ebrary
  • World's Major Languages   Rhees Reference P371 .W6 2009

    Word & Phrase Origins
    • Oxford English Dictionary  online and Rhees Reference PE1625 .O87 1989
    • Idioms and phrases index  Rhees Reference PE1689 .I3 1983
    • Oxford dictionary of idioms  Rhees Reference PE1464 .O94 2004
    • Dictionary of English collocations : based on the Brown corpus   Rhees Reference PE1689 .K54 1994

     The atlas case is located on the back wall of the room adjacent to the Rhees Reference stacks.


     These sites offer, or point to, collections of machine-readable texts and tools suitable for linguistics research. Many will be free to use, but some may require fees or membership. Please let me know if you are looking for a specific corpus.


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    Library Locations & Maps

    These University of Rochester Libraries house materials useful for research in Linguistics.

  • Rush Rhees Library - floor mapstack guide - linguistics, languages, psychology, sociology, anthropology, education
  • Art & Music Library in Rush Rhees - floor map - art, music, videos, DVDs, CDs and language tapes
  • Carlson Library - floor layout - science, engineering, biology, neuroscience, computer science, computational linguistics, natural language processing

    Citation Linker

    If you have a citation (journal title, year, volume, issue, etc.) to an article, Citation Linker will check to see if the library has the item online. Enter as much of the citation as you have. If nothing is found, try again after removing page numbers and dates.


    Even easier, try searching the article title and author last name using Articles & Books search.


    Managing What You Find

    To keep up with references and appropriately cite them in papers and bibliographies, consider one of these tools. Each will copy article, book and other citations from databases into a single location that you can manage. Style options include APA, MLA, Chicago, CSE and many others.

    • RefWorks - Store your references on the Internet (so you can access them from anywhere), insert citations while you write your paper, and easily format your bibliography. Brief tutorials are available on RefWorks' website.
      Create your own account by clicking "Sign up for an Individual Account." 
    • EndNote - Export and format references from databases and store them on your own computer.
      Download the EndNote software - free download requires login with NetID and password.
    • Zotero - A free Firefox extension with many of the same features as RefWorks and EndNote, plus other features you might be interested in.


    Writing & Style Guides
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th ed. (2009)  Rhees Reference LB2369 .G53 2009, also Rhees Reserves and Koller-Collins Center.
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed. (2010)   Rhees Reference BF76.7 P83 2010, also Rhees Reserves - Online, see supplemental materials and a brief tutorial, The Basics of APA Style, at APA's website.
  • Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers 7th ed. (2006)   Rhees Reference T11 .S386 2006 and Carlson Reference - See examples of CSE Style at Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online.
  • Writing & Citing provides more helpful links.

    Access via Mobile Devices
     A mobile version of the River Campus Libraries website is accessible using Internet-enabled cell phones or other mobile devices.


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    Subject Guides
    Library Subject Guides

    In addition to this guide, related guides include

  • Anthropology
  • Brain & Cognitive Sciences
  • Classical Greek & Latin
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Sign Language & Deaf Studies
  • Translation Studies

    Departments, Centers & Programs at UR
  • American Sign Language Program
  • Brain & Cognitive Sciences
  • Center for Language Sciences
  • Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Linguistics
  • Literary Translation Studies
  • Music & Sound Initiative
  • Sign Language Research Center

    Organizations & Societies
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics
  • Association for Computational Linguistics
  • Association for Linguistic Typology
  • International Phonetic Association
  • Modern Language Association



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