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Library Subject Guides

Language and Linguistic Science


Finding Resources

As a Language and Linguistics student, you are expected to find and use high quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors and to develop your research skills.


All journal titles are listed on YorSearch, and can be found by searching the journal title.

If you don't have a specific title in mind, you can browse journals in your subject area on Browzine. Journals are organised by field of research, such as:

Websites and e-Resources

Library resources

Freely available resources

The Library has films in several foreign languages and these are housed in the AV room on the ground floor of the Harry Fairhurst building. The AV collection has DVDs, blu rays and VHS formats, as well as CDs and cassettes, but the vast majority of films here are currently in DVD format. You will also find a DVD viewing room that small groups can use (bookable via the Library room booking pages).

To browse films in a particular language there are two options:

  1. Search online on YorSearch (the Library catalogue)
  2. Browse the shelves

Note: you will not be able to see all the films the Library has by browsing the shelves. Many of the films are out on loan at any one time. Browse the catalogue instead (see above) and you can identify all the titles the Library have and put a reservation on those out on loan so that the people currently using them will get an alert to bring them back for you.

However, if you do want to browse to see what is still on the shelves, go to the AV room on the ground floor of the Library's Harry Fairhurst building, find the DVDs (these start at the farthest end of the room) then locate the classmark LP 4.3098. The classmarks will have extra numbers on the end but all non-English language films begin with LP 4.3098.

Conferences are a place where experts in specialist areas will present on topical issues or first give details of new work before they ever publish a paper on the topic. The papers presented at conferences can be a useful source of information, and helpful when trying to find out who the current experts are in a particular area.

Websites by language


To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.

Key databases

Other useful databases