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Linguistics: Getting started

A guide to linguistics collections and e-resources
Subjects: Linguistics

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying Linguistics at the University of Oxford, although students or researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about books and online resources for general linguistics, including ebooks, ejournals and bibliographic databases.

Key Resources

SOLO - searching online catalogue and e-resources. How to search SOLO

Library Hub Discover - UK universities online catalogue

WorldCat - catalogues of the main universities around the world

About the Linguistics Collections


The Taylor Institution Library has a research collection on General Linguistics in the linguistics reading room. The collection includes  full runs of journals either on open shelf or electronically available. The reading room comprises books and journals on general linguistics, recent acquisitions, frequently used items and reference works. Many other titles are held in closed stack and may be requested for lending through SOLO

The Teaching Collection (formerly Modern Languages Faculty Library) has a good lending collection including reading list books. English linguistics are in the English Faculty Library, classical linguistics in the Sackler Library. The Radcliffe Science Library holds a collection on child language and language acquisition as well as materials on phonetics. Applied linguistics may be found in the Education Library.

The books on open shelf may be browsed, however the best way of finding out about linguistics, is via the catalogue or one of the online resources.

Finding books or periodicals

SOLO -  the online catalogue. Use to find books, conference proceedings, journals, e-journals, e-books, etc. that are available in Oxford. SOLO will also give article or working paper titles. For a more comprehensive search for articles, see 'Articles & Working Papers'. SOLO will link through to OLIS when 'check library  holdings' for a specific title is selected.

If a book or journal isn't available in Oxford, try finding it elsewhere in the UK through Library Hub Discover, the online catalogue for  UK academic libraries. Titles may be requested through InterLibrary Loan. Library Hub is more comprehensive for the UK than WorldCat. However, if a title isn't available in the UK, try and locate it elsewhere in the world through WorldCat  and place an InterLibrary Loan request.





Subject Guide

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Johanneke Sytsema
Subject Consultant for Linguistics, Dutch and Frisian
Taylor Institution Library
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01865 (2)78159