Last Updated: Apr 4, 2013
This guide is intended to help you get started finding resources for researching languages, and linguistics.
Free, internet-based resources
- Gale Literary Index
Search by author, title, or nationality to locate specific information about a given author or work, including birthdates, pseudonyms, lists of works by an author, and a list of reference books in which criticism about that author/work appears. Works indexed here are those published by Gale, such as Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Something About the Author, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography
An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,909 known living languages
- MLA Language Map
Based on data collected in the 2000 census this site provides maps of languages spoken in the United States by county or zip code.
- Foreign Language for Travelers
Basic phrases for travelers in 35 languages
- Human Languages Page
a comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources with over 2000 links to information on learning languages, language software, and literature and translation
- Biblioteca Virtual
Free electronic books (in Spanish) from the Dominican Republic
- FSI Language Courses
Free language lessons from the Foreign Service Institute for over forty languages.
- Foreign Language Videos
Short videos of native speakers of various languages discussing daily life in their countries, culture, and family. These do not have subtitles. Requires Quicktime Player.
- World Oral Literature Project
Primary and secondary source documents related to the scholarship of oral traditions worldwide.
- Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press
These resources require a BSC login.
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- MLA (Modern Language Association)
References for articles from professional journals in modern languages and literatures. For 299 of these journal titles, full text is available.
- Contemporary Literary Criticism
"An extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Each CLC--Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works, and sources for further study." The full text of all articles is available.
- Contemporary Authors
“Provides complete biographical and bibliographical information and references on approximately 100,000 U.S. and international authors.” The full text of all articles is available.
Clase indexes documents published in Latin American and Caribbean journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities. Periodica covers journals specializing in science and technology. The database includes more than 450,000 bibliographic citations from 2700 scholarly journals published in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English.
- Literary Reference Center
Full-text broad spectrum of information on 1000's of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Includes 27,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, 140,500 author biographies, 350 literary journals, 54,000 poems, 14,500 short stories, 8400 classic texts, 4000 author interview and more.
A full-image collection of retrospective issues from scholarly journals of prime importance in their fields. Subject coverage includes mathematics, philosophy, anthropology, Asian studies, economics, history, literature, population studies, and sociology (from the Arts & Sciences I Collection)
- Academic OneFile
Academic Onefile contains articles from 8,000 academic journals, the majority in full-text; hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC; and full-text New York Times content to 1995.
- Academic Search Premier
A general-interest academic database which features full text for over 2,300 scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals as well as abstracts and indexing for many additional titles.
- Credo Reference
Credo Reference service features full-text, aggregated content from more than 260 reference titles from 55 publishers, with nearly three million entries covering every major subject. Content includes encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, and subject-specific works. Additional key features include customizable, dynamic data tables; tens of thousands of images; audio pronunciation files; over 90,000 atlas images of places and geographic features
- Films on Demand
Searchable database of digitized films. Click on "Humanities and Social Sciences" to see a list of films by language, on the bottom, right-side of the screen.
- Britannica Online (Spanish Edition Escolar K-8)
Spanish-language edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica written for grades K-8.
- Britannica Online (Spanish Edition - Moderna 9-12)
Spanish language edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica written for high school.
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