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Languages and Cultures: Books/Videos

A Research Guide for Languages and Cultures from West Chester University Libraries

Other book sources

After searching the library catalog, if you want to find additional books, you can do that in a number of ways, including

  • Finding database citations which review books or index book chapters;
  • Searching EZ-Borrow PALCI;
  • Searching WorldCat.org;
  • Searching GoogleBooks;
  • On campus only, searching the full version of WorldCat (use the alphabetical database listing); only one person can search WorldCat at a time.

When you find a book through one of these sources:

  • Double-check the library catalog to see if the library owns the book;
  • If the library does not own the book, search EZ-Borrow PALCI and make a request, if found;
  • If no PALCI library owns or will lend the book, make a request in ILLiad.

You will also need to search in the library's databases to find material on your topic. If you cannot find enough material, please contact me.

Streaming video

The links below leading to streaming video productions. From off campus, log in with your WCU username and password.

You might also be interested in the following DVDs, available in the Instructional Media Center on the 1st floor of the library. Check the linked title to see if the DVD is available to be checked out.

The Linguists  call number IMC DVD 410 L755g 2009

Out of the mouths of babes: the acquisition of language IMC DVD 401.93 O94 2004


Using the catalog

Access the library catalog (called Pilot) from Books/Media tab on the library home page or click on Find Books, then Library Catalog from the menu on the left. Links to electronic books and to interlibrary loan services are available from there too.

There are several ways to search the catalog, the most important of which are:

  • By a known title (exact title; omit initial articles a, an, the, un, una, el, la, los, or las);
  • By author or editor (last name first for most names);
  • By call number;
  • By subject (see relevant subject headings below);
  • By keyword--Keyword Boolean requires use of AND, OR, or, NOT for more than one term; Keyword Relevance Ranked is an automatic "or" search, and may produce many irrelevant hits; however, the relevance ranking suggests which results are likely to be useful.

Subject headings (see also subdivisions of these headings):

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