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Linguistics: Getting Started

This guide is the gateway for using the Tyndale Library to study Linguistics.

What are reference sources?

Reference sources are online or printed encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases or any other source that is designed to provide a concise yet authoritative overview of a topic of research.

Reference sources are excellent sources to use when you are starting your research, because they provide:

  • general background information
  • brief and factual overviews
  • explanations of terminology and definitions of terms
  • a list of authors who are experts in the field
  • bibliographies of sources for further reading

What about Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is an online resource that can be edited by anyone who has access to the internet.

It has been subject to much criticism by librarians and faculty in academia because:

  • there are no guarantees that the writer(s) of the articles are qualified to write about the subject matter
  • there is the real possibility that the author(s) could post misleading information
  • the lack of quality control of the content in Wikipedia (i.e. fact-checking)

Wikipedia does have its good points:

  • the content in Wikipedia is updated on a continual basis
  • it does provide introductory information to a topic
  • the bibliographies at the end of the articles do oft-times lead to authoritative resources

Because of its open nature Wikipedia is still held in much suspect by the majority of librarians and scholars.

If you decide to use any resources found in a Wikipedia bibliography you should make sure that that resource is authoritative.

For more information on assessing online resource, please see the "Evaluating a Website" page.

Welcome to the "Getting Started" page

The resources on this page are designed to help you get started on your research topic. If you are still having problems finding resources for your topic you may Ask a Librarian.

Online Reference Books

Better than Wikipedia! Find information on concepts in linguistics, and more!

Printed Reference Materials

The J. William Horsey Library at Tyndale University College & Seminary has several print reference books that deal with linguistics.

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