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Blackwell Companion to Phonology Restricted Resource

A major reference work drawing together 100+ contributions from leading scholars in the field representing a diverse range of approaches and methodologies to the key phenomena in phonological research.

Cambridge Grammar of the English Language
Print Location: Burling Reserve PE1106 .H74 2002

Print reference work providing a description of the grammar of general-purpose, present-day, international Standard English, offering a detailed account of the principles governing the construction of English words, phrases, clauses, and sentences.

Endangered Languages (UNESCO)

"The aim of UNESCO’s Endangered Languages Programme is to support communities, experts and governments by producing, coordinating and  disseminating:
--tools for monitoring, advocacy, and assessment of status and trends in linguistic diversity,
--services such as policy advice, technical expertise and training, good practices and a platform for exchange and transfer of skills."

Endangered Languages Project

"An online resource to record, access, and share samples of and research on endangered languages as well as to share advice and best practices for those working to document or strengthen languages under threat."

Ethnologue: Languages of the World

An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,912 known living languages.

World Atlas of Language Structures
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize P143 .W67x 2005

World's Writing Systems
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Z40 .W65 1996

Print reference book that explores in depth how scripts are applied to individual languages. Every major writing system is presented in a passage of text, accompanied by a romanized version, a phonetic transcription, and an English translation. A bibliography concludes each entry.

Oxford Reference Restricted Resource

Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.

Reference Universe Restricted Resource

Customized search engine for the library's print and online reference works, with some full text.



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LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource

1-secondary Useful for coverage of newspapers and some popular magazines 1980's-present; use the Power Search.

Access World News Research Collection Restricted Resource

Mostly 1990s-present. Online resource that provides full-text information from nearly 4,000 United States and international newspapers, news services, magazines, blogs, transcripts, and more.

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College Science Database

Includes articles and book chapters in the Sciences (and related areas) found useful by Grinnell College students.

Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts/Sociological Abstracts/PsycINFO Restricted Resource

3-primary. Search these three databases as a good starting point for finding primary literature in linguistics and related areas.

Anthropological Literature Restricted Resource

Indexes journal articles and edited works in archaeology, anthropology, and linguistics; also covers sociology, history, ethnohistory, demography, geography, international development, and human genetics.

America: History and Life with Full Text Restricted Resource

Indexes 2,000 journals published worldwide covering the history of the United States and Canada. Includes some full text. Coverage includes articles, book and media reviews, and abstracts of dissertations.

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Historical Abstracts with Full Text Restricted Resource

Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations and offers full-text access to many resources.

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eHRAF World Cultures Restricted Resource

A cross-cultural database that provides ethnographic studies of diverse cultures within the United States and around the world. From Human Relations Area Files.

Education Research Complete Restricted Resource

Covers scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education, from early childhood to higher education in all educational specialties. Includes indexing and abstracts, as well as some full text.

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ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) [EBSCO] Restricted Resource

1966-present. Indexes education-related literature, including library science. Covers journal articles, dissertations, government documents, conference proceedings, and much more.

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OLAC: Open Language Archives Community

"Provides access to a wealth of information about thousands of languages, including details of text collections, audio recordings, dictionaries, and software, sourced from dozens of digital and traditional archives."

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MRC Psycholinguistic Database

Database of over 150,000 words matched with linguistic and psycholinguistic attributes. Some also provide psychological measures. Of use to researchers in psychology and linguistics as well as those in artificial intelligence and computer science who require psychological and linguistic descriptions of words.

English Lexicon Project

Provides access to a large set of lexical characteristics, along with behavioral data from visual lexical decision and naming studies, for thousands of words and nonwords. Intended for research in psycholinguistics, human memory, computational modeling, and other fields.

Linguistic Society of America

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) was founded in 1924 to advance the scientific study of language. LSA plays a critical role in supporting and disseminating linguistic scholarship both to professional linguists and to the general public.

Linguist List

International Linguistics Community Online; a forum where academic linguists can discuss linguistic issues and exchange linguistic information.

AP Images (Associated Press) Restricted Resource

Constantly updated, AP Images provides access to millions of primary source photos from 1825 to the present. Also provides audio, video, graphics, and interactives. This database may be used for educational purposes only.



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