Linguistics & TESOL

Why use a research guide?
This research guide has been developed by BYU Librarians to save you time and help you produce a better research paper. It will inform you of the best print and electronic resources for your topic. If you need assistance at any point, please ask for help at the Humanities Reference Desk, level 5, or refer to the
Linguistics & TESOL Subject Guide.

* If you are not affiliated with BYU, you may not have full access to some of the electronic resources discussed.

A. Finding Research Materials

Search for books in the online Library Catalog
by combining relevant concepts as keywords.
Access to both print and electronic journal articles
begins by consulting the appropriate periodical indexes and bibliographies.
For definitions and preliminary groundwork
you can refer to various dictionaries, encyclopedias, guides and handbooks.
Other scholarly resources on the web for language, linguistics, or TESOL
include websites and journal information.

B. Evaluating and Selecting Resources

As you sift through the materials found, keep the following criteria in mind:

Type of Information: Is the material a scholarly or a popular publication? Are there footnotes, bibliographies, and proper documentation of the material presented? If it is a journal, is it peer reviewed?

Authorship: Who is the author, where is he/she from, with which organizations is he/she associated, what other types of materials has he/she written? What are their perspectives and biases?

C. Preparing your Paper and Citing Resources

REFWORKS will save you many hours of time by inputting your sources and formatting your citations automatically. You can then spend your time on the intellectual content of the paper rather than details of format.

If you have additional questions, please ask at the Social Sciences Reference Desk on Level 1, the Humanities Reference Desk on level 5, or at the office of the subject specialist Richard Hacken in HBLL 5523 (His electronic address is