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LING 3080: Linguistics for Language Learning

Helpful Linguistics Databases

In addition to OneSearch, utilize these databases for more linguistic-specific research...

Browse more language and linguistic databases here.


Research Tips for Journal Articles

Tip #1

When searching OneSearch, linguistic databases, or Google Scholar, combine keywords to get relevant search results. Combine your overarching topic, such as second language acquisition, with the themes or subtopics related to your research.  Need help brainstorming linguistic topics? Check out the SIL Glossary of Linguistic Terms.


Tip #2

Be creative with your search terms. Take time to brainstorm synonyms or related phrases. Here are examples:

  • Abbreviations - first language is abbreviated as "L1", second language is shortened to "L2", non-native English speakers is often written as "NNES", and so on...
  • Rearranged order of keywords - consider how your keyword phrases might be re-arranged in various journal articles. For instance, you might see "German learners of English" or "German L2 learners of English" or even "German English language learners" or "German speaking learners of English"


Tip #3

Review the bibliography or citations in the journal articles to find more similar research.