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* Linguistics: Find


ProQuest databases can be searched at the same time by clicking on one of the ProQuest databases, then choosing "Change databses" from the menu along the top of the screen that opens.

  • LLBA - Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (ProQuest):  Covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics
  • PsycInfo via ProQuest: Covers an array of disciplines related to psychology such as psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work
  • Social Science Database (ProQuest): Provides extensive coverage across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, communication, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology

EBSCO databases can be searched at the same time by clicking on one of the EBSCO databases, then clicking on "Choose Databases" above the search box at the top of the screen.

  • CMMC - Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO): Full text and cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for journals covering communication, mass media, linguistics, rhetoric, language, logic, and other closely related fields.
  • SOCIndex (EBSCO): Comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study.

Other helpful databases:

  • Google Scholar - For off-campus access to full text: Click Scholar Preferences and add Rochester as your Library Link. Be sure to Save Preferences.
  • MLA International Bilbliography:  Identifies articles, books, dissertations on literature, linguistics, film and folklore.
  • AnthroSource: Full text electronic archive of all journals from the American Anthropological Association.

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

Want to Roam the Stacks?

Items pertaining to linguistics can be found in Library of Congress class P. Grammars and dictionaries are interspersed through much of the class according to the language they are in. The below linked document outlines the subclasses in class P and can be of great help if you wish to browse the physical library collections.

Class P (less literature)

Subclass P

Level B

Search Using Articles and Books

Articles & Books searches many of the library's resources at once. This is a powerful, fast research tool!

Tip:  When off-campus , log in with your NetID & password

Enter your keywords in the search box.

Search Faster

  • Search phrases using quotation marks
    • example:  "to be or not to be"
  • Combine words with AND, OR, and NOT in capital letters
    • example:  microcircuits OR nanocircuits
  • Substitute * for several possible letters
    • example:  child*     ...will find child, childhood, children, etc.
  • Complex searches may combine elements
    • example:  homeless AND (healthcare OR "health care") AND (adolescents OR teen*)



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

  • 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

Literature Reviews

Review articles provide an overview to an area of research, identify who is working in that area, and cite relevant published work.

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Library Locations & Maps

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