Selected Resources for: English as a Second Language

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Subject Librarian:

Yao Chen

chen3200@umn.edu

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.

Connect to Google Scholar through the Libraries' web site to gain off-campus access to all the articles and journals in full text in the Libraries. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. To connect to the full text, click "FindIt@U of M Twin Cities" in your Google Scholar search results. Learn more: Google Scholar FAQ


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles


General Reference Sources

Dictionaries

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 including French, German, Spanish and Italian, the site will expand to include many other languages such as Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Polish.


Guides

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 http://owl.english.purdue.edu/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

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


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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