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This virtual handout is a research guide accompanying the TESOL Literature Review Workshop presented to the Masters students in the TESOL program on Thursday, October 25th (taught by Anne Hays). The below resources provide a starting point for finding books and articles as well as an overview of resources available through the TC Gottesman Libraries.

Library Resources

Library Services and Publications

All students, faculty, and researchers also have access to a number of important library services and publications provided to support and facilitate research and study in their particular programs and disciplines.


Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries. To find works pertaining to linguistic foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language and related subjects, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms, or combinations of terms, listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions. To search by subject rather than by keyword, simply enter one of the below terms (or try your own) under ?subject? under a basic or advanced search.

Call numbers:

EDUCAT ? The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

CLIO ? The union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries? holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

WorldCat ? The union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere.? Also freely accessible at


Journals ?> Databases ?> Federated Searching

Academic Search Premier ? A multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.? PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals.? See also Academic Search Complete (CU), a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.? The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.

Anthropology Plus ? Provides worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, and edited works in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.

AnthroSource ? Covers current issues of the American Anthropology Association?s journals and bulletins, as well as archived issues of all of the AAA? s journals, newsletters, and bulletins.

Communication Abstracts ? A comprehensive source of information about communication-related publications on a world-wide scale. Containing over 244,000 records, Communication Abstracts covers major journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource that encompasses the breadth of communication discipline and depth encompasses the breadth of the communication discipline.

ERIC ? Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related periodical literature, ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs.? In addition to this version, made available via the ProQuest platform, also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site and through Ebsco ERIC.

Education Full Text ? Provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning in January 1996.

Education Research Complete ? Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.

HAPI Online ? The Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) covers journal articles on Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States; currently provides over 60,000 links to the full text of articles appearing in more than 600 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts ? Abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language science, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics; coverage from 1973 to present.

MLA International Bibliography ? Indexes critical materials on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore; provides access to citations from worldwide publications, including periodicals, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations and bibliographies.? Now searchable via the Ebsco interface in addition to the ProQuest one.

Professional Development Collection ? Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. The database also contains more than 200 educational reports.

ProQuest ? Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly? journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, search Digital Dissertations, a subset of ProQuest.

SocINDEX with Full Text ? Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study.? The database contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908, more than 830 books and monographs, and over 16,800 conference papers.

Sociological Abstracts ? Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, covering such major areas as culture and social structure, family and social welfare, history and theory of sociology, radical sociology, rural and urban sociology, and the sociology of the arts, business, and education.

Search Terms Within Databases

Searching by keyword will often quickly lead to productive results, however, it is useful to note that databases, like online book catalogs, also use subject headings (or descriptors). To search by subject you will need to locate the link to the database?s ?thesaurus? or ?subjects.? Once you?re here, simply enter terms and click search to locate the official authorized term in the thesaurus. Note too that articles are linked by subject terms or descriptors within the article itself. These terms will appear as links, which you can use to find other ?like? articles. Specific search methods vary by database.

Subject Terms to try in Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts:

Subject Terms to try in ERIC:


Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) ? To search some or all of our periodical indexes, plus EDUCAT and CLIO, simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.

Google Scholar ? Provides the means to search for scholarly research across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

Concise Encyclopedia of Sociolinguistics (2001) ? Includes numerous rather extensive entries on topics within ten sections, dealing with (1) foundations of society and language; (2) language and interaction; (3) language variation:? style, situation, function; (4) language variation and change:? dialects and social groups; (5) language contact; (6) language, power, and inequality; (7) language planning, policy, practice; (8) language and education; (9) methods in sociolinguistics; and (10) the profession.? Also includes profiles of major sociolinguists.

Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012) ? With about 700 signed entries with cross-references and recommended readings, the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education presents research and statistics, case studies, best practices, policies, and programs relating to diversity in U.S. education at pre- and postsecondary levels.

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