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LING 244: Form and Meaning

Key Databases

Search for a topic across hundreds of different journals and other publications

Search Tips

Use AND to combine multiple concepts in your search. This will narrow your results.

bilingualism AND identity

Use OR to find different ways your topic could be expressed. This will expand your results.

(bilingualism OR multilingualism) AND identity

Use an asterisk * to find variant endings, or as a wild card. This will expand your results

(bilingual* OR multilingual*AND wom*AND identity

Use quotation marks " " to search words as a phrase. This will narrow your results.

"code switching" AND bilingual*

Individual Journals

You can search across all of these journals (except for Glossa) and more in the Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts database (under Key Databases on this page).

Other Web Resources

One Perfect Source?

Your topic seemed so great! So why can't you find any information on it? If you're looking for an all-in-one source that addresses your topic perfectly, you might need a different approach. (From the North Carolina State University Libraries)

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Use Google Scholar to Find Newer Research

When you find an article or book that is useful for your research, you probably know to consult its bibliography or reference list to find other potentially relevant sources. In this way, you're tracing the scholarly conversation backwards in time. But you can also trace citations forward to find newer scholarship that cites the source you have in hand.

  1. Go to Google Scholar
  2. Do a search for your source
  3. Click "Cited By" to see works in Google Scholar that have cited your source

You can also search within the results to find only sources that mention a particular work or other keyword.


You can also try Google Scholar's "Related articles" link, which uses Google's proprietary algorithms to pull up similar articles.