Library Resources for A&HL 4087, Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Dr. Hoa Nguyen’s Fall 2014 course A&HL 4087, Introduction to Second Language Acquisition.  The resources, primarily electronic but some print, have been selected to support the objectives of the course, i.e., to provide “an introduction to the basic concepts and theories in second language acquisition” through readings covering “both mainstream and alternative approaches to the study of second language acquisition in order to have a comprehensive picture of acquisition.” This guide also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.

Library Resources

Online Catalogs

Periodical Indexes

Journals

Federated Search Engines

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

E-Collections (Images, Text, Etc.)

Handbooks of Research

Reviews of Research

Citation Indexes

Digital Archives

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

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.



Online Catalogs

Library of Congress Subject Headings 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 art, art education, and related topics,  it may be useful to use some of the subject terms listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.

  • Bilingualism
  • English language — Study and teaching — Foreign speakers
  • Language acquisition
  • Language and culture
  • Language and education
  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages — Study and teaching
  • Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Second language acquisition
  • Semantics
  • Semiotics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Speech acts

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 – A 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 – A 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.


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Periodical Indexes

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, 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.

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, ERIC is 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 Index Retro – Provides cover-to-cover indexing for an international range of English-language periodicals and yearbooks; coverage from 1929 through mid-1983.

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.

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. Proved access to citations from worldwide publications, including periodicals, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations and bibliographies.

Periodicals Archive Online – Archive of hundreds of digitized journals published in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

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, searchDigital Dissertations, a subset of ProQuest.

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Journals

Applied Linguistics:  via TC; via Columbia

Language Learning:  via TC; via Columbia

The Modern Language Journal: via TC; via Columbia

Studies in Second Language Acquisition:  via TC; via Columbia

System:  via TC; via Columbia

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Federated Search Engines

Quicksearch (via Columbia University Libraries) – To search the catalog, multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.

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.


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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Concise Encyclopedia of Sociolinguistics (2001)

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (2003)

Encyclopedia of Language and Education (2008)

Encyclopedia of Semiotics (2008)

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Linguistics (1999)

Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition (2013)

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E-Collections (Images, Text, Etc.)

Alexander Street Press Databases – Themed collections of print documents, video, and recorded sound across disciplines; notable databases include Alexander Street Literature (cross-searchable collections covering the literatures of place, race, and gender),  Caribbean Literature (a collection of poetry and fiction produced in the Caribbean during the 19th and 20th centuries),  Ethnographic Video Online (intended to be a visual encyclopedia of human behavior and culture, online in streaming video), and North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories (personal views of what it meant to immigrate to the United States and Canada between 1880 and 1950).

Bilingual Education and Bilingualism – A book series published by Multilingual Matters Publishers; of 131 titles owned by the library, many are available as e-books.

Ebrary – Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under All Subjects, by Education; Geography, Anthropology, Recreation; Language and Literature; Social Sciences, etc., and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

JSTOR – An online archive of over 1,200 leading scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.  Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Provides the full text of classic and newly published Oxford University Press books in linguistics, literature, neuroscience, psychology, and other disciplines.

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Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning (Volume 2, 2011)

Handbook of Second Language Acquisition (2003) [see e-version below]

E-Resources

Blackwell Reference Online – Provides full-text access to reference works in the social sciences and humanities; see research handbooks and companions in Communication and Media Studies,  Cultural StudiesLinguisticsLiteraturePsychologySociology, and other subject areas.  Notable titles in the Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics series include A Companion to Linguistic AnthropologyThe Handbook of Applied Linguistics, The Handbook of BilingualismThe Handbook of Discourse Analysis,  The Handbook of Educational LinguisticsThe Handbook of LinguisticsThe Handbook of Sociolinguistics, and many others.

Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition – This 2013 work is comprised of 31 chapters, by SLA subject specialists, divided into five main parts:  Theory and Practice; Internal Ingredients; External Ingredients; Biological Factors; and Properties of Interlanguage Systems.

Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning – The electronic version of the 2005 edition of a key resource for research in second language acquisition, TESOL, and related fields in applied linguistics.

Handbook of Second Language Acquisition – “Written by twenty-seven of the world’s leading scholars”; topics covered include “the biological and cognitive underpinnings of SLA; mechanisms, processes, and constraints on SLA; the level of ultimate attainment; research methods; and the status of SLA as a cognitive science.”

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Reviews of Research

Annual Review of Applied Linguistics – Reviews research in key areas in the broad field of applied linguistics.  Each issue is thematic, and every fourth or fifth issue surveys applied linguistics broadly, covering language learning and pedagogy, discourse analysis, teaching innovations, second language acquisition, computer-assisted instruction, language use in professional contexts, sociolinguistics, language policy, and language assessment, among other topics.

Annual Reviews – Reviews of topics in biomedical, physical, and social sciences published as annual journals; see series for Psychology, Sociology, and other disciplines; see in particular the Annual Review of Anthropology.  (Coming in 2015:  the Annual Review of Linguistics.)

International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL) – Besides covering areas of research which concern first- and second-language acquisition (including sign language and gestural systems), IRAL also includes contributions on naturalistic and instructed language learning, language loss, bilingualism, language contact, pidgins and creoles, language for specific purposes, language technology, mother-tongue education, terminology and translation.

Review of Educational Research – A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RER publishes quarterly critical, integrative reviews of research literature bearing on education, including conceptualizations, interpretations, and syntheses of scholarly work.

Review of Research in Education – A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RRE provides an annual overview and descriptive analysis of selected topics of relevant research literature through critical and synthesizing essays.

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Citation Indexes

Scopus – Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science – Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person’s work.

  • See also our library’s Citation Indexes video tutorial on citation searching via the Web of Science and Google Scholar.

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Digital Archives

Academic Commons – Columbia University’s online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

Internet Archive – A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.

PocketKnowledge – The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library’s collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.

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Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Citation Management Software – An extensive description of and guide to the use of BibDeskEndNotePapersMendeley, and Zotero, including a comparison of their relative merits, produced by the Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Science Center.

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Library Services and Publications

Ask a Librarian a Question – To explore a variety of kinds of research support:  submit an email reference query to librarians onsite; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library’s Knowledge Database.

E-Reserves – Provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.).

Document Delivery – The means to recommend items for purchase and/or to request from other libraries materials  (dissertations, book chapters, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

Learning at the Library – The Gottesman Libraries’ blog via the Pressible platform, including content in many topical areas contributed by library staff members.

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