ICSM Language Matters

ICSM Language Matters

This course guide will help you find material, both in print and online, that is relevant to this course and your chosen topics.   Here, you'll learn how to:
  • find books in our online catalog
  • find relevant databases
  • determine if an article is scholarly or popular
  • find dvds in our Multimedia Services collection
  • get material that the library doesn't own through Interlibrary Loan. 
You'll also find descriptions of what constitutes scholarly literature and a few  tips on refining your search strategies. 

Finding Books

Keyword searching works well for most topics, but if you retreive a lot of 'misses' instead of 'hits', try searching by AUTHOR or SUBJECT.
By Author: To see which books the library owns by a particular author, search the last name, then first name. 
For example: Chomsky, Noam

By Subject:
There are a number of subject headings that may be useful for this class:
Anthropological linguistics
Communication and culture 
Endangered languages
Grammar, Comparative and general--Phonology
Intercultural communication
Interpersonal communication--Social aspects 
Language acquisition  
Language awareness  
Language and culture--United States [Subdivides geographically, so enter other countries/regions as interest dictates] 
Language and languages--Variation [Subdivides geographically]
Language obsolescence
Linguistic minorities
Rhetoric--Social aspects
Rhetoric--Social aspects--United States
Speech perception


Communication and Mass Media Complete (CMMC) 
Communication and media indexes, abstracts and full-text.
MLA International Bibliography 
The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.
Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 600+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.


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Interlibrary Loan

Need a resource our library doesn't have?  We'll borrow it for you.

For Articles:
If you find a citation for an article in our databases, but it isn't full text:
First, try the "Get It" button.  

If it is available through any of our other databases, this service retrieves it for you.

But if the Get It button results in a "No Full-Text found" message, use the Interlibrary Loan Request Link (shown here in red):

Use your Netpass username and password to enter.

First-time users will be asked to fill in a contact information form. Next, go back to the "No Full Text" message, click on the Interlibrary Loan Request link again, and this time, your request should autofill the form.
Click on the "Submit Request" button at the bottom of your request page.
You'll be notified when your requests arrive.

For Books:
The simplest way to find books that may be of interest (but are not in our collection) is to use the database WorldCat
When you come across a book which isn't in our collection, click on the ILL button to connect with our service. 

First-time users, please follow the instructions, then return to the WorldCat record and click on the ILL logo again.

For more information, see our FAQs about ILL:

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