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Subject Librarian:

Yao Chen

This subject covers: language analysis, language acquisition, teaching methodolgy and intercultural communication.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

General Reference Sources


Provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, Quotes, and other English language learning resources.

Provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, word games, video, and other English language learning resources.

Provides a free online visual dictionary, which overs 20,000 terms with contextual definitions and 6,000 full-color images.

Comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages. Includes Russian and Spanish. French, German, Italian, and Chinese are no longer included in the Libraries' subscription.


Covers more than 4000 points of word meaning, spelling, punctuation, grammar and style.

University of Minnesota library guide for international students in English, Chinese, and Korean.

Internet Resources

Web Sites

Provides free online lessons to both young and adult English learners.

BBC's site for learning English with news and information.

The complete Encyclopedia Britannica and more: "Our guide to the Web's best sites includes more than 125,000 sites, and you can also search the text of more than 100 million Web pages to find more information."

Covers grammars, idioms, pronunciations, slangs, and other English language learning resources.

Provides a list of library terms in English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French, and Spanish, and a list of definitions of library terms in English.

Covers grammars, writings, practices, and plagiarism for ESL learners. The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL is a useful resource for writers at all levels.

Voice of America's site for learning English with news and information.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Mendeley is a freely available citation manager that helps you manage your PDF collections.

Free web-based bibliographic citation software developed for Firefox browsers that is useful for organizing your research sources, creating bibliographies and sharing sources with others. Zotero will capture bibliographic information and links to documents found on websites or library databases. See the brief tutorials for Getting Started.

Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.

Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.

Library Information

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