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Define Sociolinguistics

The Oxford English Dictionary defines sociolinguistcs as "The branch of linguistics that deals with the social aspects of language."


Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (online) is a great place to  get background on a research topic. Articles, available in html or pdf,  can be browsed by title or topic and  have a list of bibliographic references. The encyclopedia may be also searched by keyword. For off campus access, use your campus id and password.

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Search for Popular Sources

Search the databases listed below for newspaper and magazine articles:

Search for Academic Articles

Listed below are databases you can search to find academic articles on topics in sociolinguistics.

Sociolinguistic Journals

Here are some examples of journals in the field of Sociolinguistics. Some may not be available for 2010, so use Interlibrary Loan for recent articles. Most links are to the journal record in the library catalog, GIL-Find. Follow the electronic link to browse the journal.

Humanities Librarian

Leslie Madden
Library South
Suite 542