The purpose of the research guide is to introduce you to the process of research and familiarize you with a variety of available sources. These sources are particularly selected for their relevance to the study of linguistics.
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First, gather background information of your topic in general or specialized reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries or handbooks. A reference book can be used to start a research project by helping the researcher to find short authoritative descriptions or summaries of important topics.These reference sources provide useful overviews of a topic and may include in their bibliographies resources you can further use in your paper.
The best way to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of Linguistics is to consult the leading journals in the field. Staying current helps you understand the scholarly conversation and prepares you to engage meaningfully in scholarly conversation yourself. The best place to find the titles of respected journals in the field of Linguistics is by paying attention to the source of the scholarly readings your professor assigns. If you see a journal title appear several times on the syllabus, you'll know it's a good one to pay attention to! You can search for specific journals and access library subscriptions using the Find E-Journals tool on the library website.
The list below includes some of the major sources in the field, but it's not a complete list! Be sure to ask your professor for recommendations as well.