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Language Science

A research guide to support teaching and research in Language Science.

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Using Reference Resources

Reference sources are a great starting point for starting research on a new topic because they provide general information on a topic. They often include the following types of information to help you get started:

  • Get an overview of a new or complex topic
  • Find out the names of key players in a given area
  • Locate terms that you can use in your research
  • Help narrow (or expand) your topic
  • Locate a bibliography of sources to help you start your research

Reference sources include encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and other sources like them. Some reference sources for language science-related topics are listed below.

Please note: for reference resources on linguistics in other languages, go to UC Library Search and enter search terms encyclopedia  Arabic / Persian / Chinese / Japanese or whatever language you are looking for and search. You can do a similar search by replacing encyclopedia with handbook.

Researching topics in Language Science


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Encyclopedias & Handbooks

The selection of books below are all available as ebooks. For reference works on methodology, please see the Primary Resources tab.

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