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Language & Linguistics

This is UCLan's Language & Linguistics library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarians: Francesca Robinson and Andrea Evans


To find books on the Library shelves, use the Library Search.  Sometimes there may only be a chapter on a specific topic rather than a whole book. To find those, you will need to use one of our ebook databases which allow you to search through the whole text of a book. We have several ebook collections but a good place to start would be Ebook Central.

Journals and Articles

If you have a reference for a particular journal article, or if you want to find out if we take a particular journal title, use the Journal Finder.

If the Library does not have the journal article you want, you can request a copy using the Inter-library Loan Service.

  • Diffusion Journal - this is an Undergraduate Research Journal for students in Humanities and Social Sciences.

eResources and Databases

A useful print source for tracing journal articles relating to English language and linguistics is the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature at 420.016 ANN, on the 2nd Floor of the Library. The following databases may be most relevant to aspects of Language & Linguistics Studies.

  • Academic Search Complete A wide range of subjects are covered in this database, and it contains full text links to many articles.
  • Biomed  An abstracting service which covers medicine and health sciences, and is useful in the study of speech disorders and speech therapy. An Athens username and password is required.
  • Education Database Access to over 900 top educational publications, including more than 600 of the titles in full text.
  • Ethnologue: Languages of the World - A comprehensive listing of every recognised language. Provides the data needed to study languages in more depth. 
  • JSTOR is a full text collection of journals. We subscribe to the Arts and Sciences I, II, III, and Complement, Language &  Literature
  • MLA (Modern Languages Association) Indexes of over 6,000 literature and language journals, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies, from 1963 onwards. MLA will include articles on Business English, and communication generally
  • Oxford English Dictionary The 20+ volumes of the 2nd edition, online
  • Phrase Thesaurus Useful for journalists, advertising copywriters and anyone looking for that elusive turn of phrase, its origin and meaning
  • Project Muse A collection of 384 full text journals from over 70 scholarly publishers. Subject areas include: literature, history, visual & performing arts, cultural studies, education, politics, gender studies, economics and more.
  • Proquest Central – This database brings together complete databases across all major subject areas, including business, social sciences, arts and humanities, and education.
  • PsycInfo For Linguistics
  • Science Direct - is a popular database of over 1500 scientific, technical and medical full-text journals. Excellent as a general resource.
  • Social Science Abstracts Abstracts for a wide range of language-related articles from sources such as the ‘Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research’ or ‘Human Communication Research’
  • Taylor & Francis Library - journal subscriptions include 50 titles in the Language and Linguistics area.

Other smaller collections, that are based on a single publishers output, are also worth searching.  These include

Should you want to undertake a more thorough search for research materials/literature, try searching the following abstract and indexing databases.

Additional Resources


  • Nexis -the full text of over 29,000 newspapers including UK and worldwide titles.

Newspaper archives

Film and Video Archives

  • Alexander Street Video Videos, films, documentaries and training materials in language and linguistic related areas
  • Box of Broadcasts - BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is an innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions.
  • FBIS Daily Reports, 1974–1996, is a multidisciplinary resource consisting of translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the globe.
  • Kanopy - Independent films, animation and documentaries from around the world.


  • BRAD gives comprehensive and up to date advertising related information on over 13,500 media entries across all media sectors e.g. websites, newspapers and magazines.

Francesca Robinson - Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

Francesca Robinson

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 895132

Andrea Evans - Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

Andrea Evans

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 892268