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Languages & Linguistics Research Guide

Articles & databases

Additional resources

Dictionaries at the CSUMB Library (print or online)

American Sign Language dictionaries

Japanese language dictionaries

Linguistics dictionaries and encyclopedias

Spanish language dictionaries

Free online dictionaries

American Sign Language Browser - This Michigan State University resource is a video dictionary of thousands of ASL signs

Lexicool- A collection of bilingual and multilingual dictionaries

Oxford English Dictionary - a historical dictionary of the English language from the earliest times to the present day; shows not only the current meanings of words, but also traces their development through time.

Wordnik- This interactive English dictionary includes definitions, examples of use, photos, etymology, and more.

Search in online subject encyclopedias

You may need to re-submit your search in the subject encyclopedia

Defense Language Institute eLearning - Provides a number of free online tools for learning language and cultural skills. All tools are free to the public, but some may require creating a free account.

DuoLingo - Practice Spanish, Japanese, Italian, and many other languages through games

GLOSS - Online language lessons developed by the Defense Language Institute. Reading and listening lessons based on authentic language materials in over 30 languages. (Note: this website can be difficult to load; if it doesn't come up immediately, try again later.)

Course Finders - Find language schools and language courses worldwide

Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America - Audio and video recordings of spoken languages as well as texts and other multimedia materials. 

Center for Applied Linguistics - Nonprofit organization working to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture

Ethnologue - An encyclopedic reference work cataloging the world's known living languages; provided by SIL International

MLA Language Map - Map of languages spoken in the U.S.

Speech Accent Archive - Provided by George Mason University, this resource lets you compare accents of English speakers

Finding articles & books

Use OneSearch to look for books, articles, videos, and more. 

Current CSUMB Students, Staff, and Faculty are welcome to check out Course Reserve items. For more information, click here

To find a specific database, visit the Articles and Databases page. 

OneSearch includes books from all 23 CSU campuses, as well as links to request them. Make sure you're signed into your library account to see the request link. 

Additional information about interlibrary loan