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COVID-19 Update: Although the Gould Library building remains closed, the library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.


Remote Access

Many resources are available remotely!

    1) Our digital sources are available to you from off campus. Off campus access instructions are available here.

    2) If you sign in to HathiTrust, about half of the records for physical books that we have here at the Gould Library will be available for "Temporary Access." Step by step instructions are available here.

    3) If you sign in to Catalyst you will see a "Request For Digitization" link. This will lead you to an Interlibrary Loan form, which is how we're collecting and tracking digitization requests. Be aware that this may take some time and we cannot guarantee a timeline.

    4) You may submit Interlibrary Loan requests for articles and book sections, though please be aware that there may be significant delays. We cannot request physical items (full books etc) through ILL at this time.

    5) You may always contact me for help determining whether sources are available remotely or to help you identify sources that are available that may fit your needs.

The Most Forgotten but Most Effective Strategy

Find articles about the language you're hoping to study and watch the citations in those articles. Often you'll find citations to a relevant corpus or dataset.

Finding Corpora

See the Corpora page.

Finding Linguistic Data

1) Start with Glottolog and Ethnologue

2) Search Catalyst

In library searches, the word "Grammar" applies to two things: a core linguistics work that describes and provides examples of a particular language, and a school child's guide to learning a native language. There's no perfect way to distinguish between those two in your searches, but here's how to find what you really need:

  1. Do an Advanced Search and put your language's name in one line as a SUBJECT.
  2. Then put the word "Grammar" into the next line as a SUBJECT.
  3. Then scan the results looking for works that were ideally published by a major scholarly publisher, such as a University Press.

This technique also works in WorldCat.

Limiting to scholarly publishers

If you're finding lots of grammars that aren't scholarly (maybe aimed at second language learners or grade school students), try limiting your searches to just the core, known scholarly publishers in linguistics. Here's an example of that kind of search for you to use:

3) On the open web

Many linguists publish their findings on the web, either in collections like OLAC, through organizations like SIL, or on their own researcher websites. Here are some of the best ways to find that scholarship:

Language Information