Languages and Linguistics
The main collections of books can be found on the 4th and 5th floor of the Library.
Books in heavy demand are placed in the Short Loan Collection on the ground floor. The Short Loan Collection contains 1 day loan and 3 hour loan books; 7 day loan books are shelved with the ordinary loan books on the upper floors.
Use the Library catalogue to find the exact shelfmark and location for each book. If you are searching for books on a particular topic, use a keyword search.
Dictionaries are also found on the 4th floor but are shelved separately in their own Dictionary sequence. Items are marked "Dictionary" on the library catalogue. The majority of the dictionaries in our collection are not for borrowing and are for use in the Library only.
The general shelfmarks for the language dictionaries are as follows:
Arabic Dictionaries DICT 492
Chinese dictionaries DICT 495.1
English dictionaries DICT 423
French dictionaries DICT 443
German dictionaries DICT 433
Greek dictionaries DICT 477.4
Norwegian dictionaries DICT 439.6
Polish Dictionaries DICT 484
Portugese Dictionaries DICT 469.7
Russian dictionaries DICT 482
Spanish dictionaries DICT 463
Swedish dictionaries DICT 439.7
You can use the Electronic Books page to access eBooks for Languages and Linguisitics.
A useful collection are the dictionaries on Credo Reference. The two most useful sections will be Bilinguals and Language.
Other useful eBooks and collections are:
- Oxford English Dictionary
- Oxford Text Archive (More than 2,500 resources available in 25 different languages, freely available to the academic community. Subject matter is largely humanities-based, including much classic literature)
- Project Gutenburg (Over 6,000 out-of-copyright books freely available in many different languages. Subjects include classic literature, philosophy, economics, biography, history)
- Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language 420 CRY
- Encyclopedia of language and linguistics 4(03) ENC
- Encyclopedia of semiotics 401.4103 ENC
- International encyclopedia of linguistics 410.3 INT
- Routledge encyclopedia of language teaching and learning 418.0071 ROU
- Routledge encyclopedia of translation studies 418.0203 ROU
The Library takes certain daily British broadsheet newspapers. Recent copies are on the 1st floor of the Library and older copies are kept on the 2nd floor.
British newspapers and a huge variety of international papers can also be read electronically on Nexis.
Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985: The complete digital edition of The Times (London) capturing the entire newspaper, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.
Also of interest may be The Times (1910-1999) and The Sunday Times (1970-1999) which are held on microform on the 2nd floor of the Library.
Web links to Newspapers (no archives)
Press Display 225 newspapers from 55 countries
Good Study Guides
- The good study guide 378.147226 NOR
- How to write essays 808.042 CLA
- Studying for a degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences 378.170281 DUN
Guides to Referencing
Look at the help pages provided by the University of Surrey.
Further guides are available from:
Also look at Pears, R. Cite them right: referencing made easy (Newscastle Upon Tyne: Northumbria University Press, 2008) which is available in the Library at 808.027 PEA
Intute: Arts & Humanities: A gateway to international humanities resources including Linguisitics and literatures of English and other European languages (formerly HUMBUL).
Intute: Social Sciences: Provides easy access to hundreds of high quality social science internet resources (formerly SOSIG).
You may wish to search the catalogues of other libraries:
COPAC - searches 24 major University Research libraries in the UK, in one catalogue.
General Internet Sites
AAAL - American Assoication for Applied Linguistics
AILA - International Association of Applied Linguistics
BAAL - The British Association for Applied Linguistics
Biliographie linguistique online - A comprehensive bibliography of books and articles on all aspects of linguistics and the study of world languages.
CAL - Center for Applied Linguistics
CARLA - Centre for Advance Research on Language Acquisition
CILT - Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research
Chapitre.com - Web site of French online bookseller : contains details French books in print and also includes secondhand/out of print books; DVDs; and newspapers/journals
Corpus Linguistics Links to corpora. Includes a bibliographic reference section focussing on corpus linguistics
Ethnologue - The Ethnologue is a database of more thatn 6,700 languages spoken in 228 countries
MLA - Modern Language Association