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Second Language Acquisition

This is a guide to selected sources for research in second language acquisitions. For additional information consult the subject librarian, Patricia Herron at or 301-405-9280.

Advanced Search

From  Worldcat, click Advanced Search to get the Advanced Search screen:


Boolean and Wildcard Searching

Use the upper case OR boolean operator to include alternate spellings, synonyms. or related terms;  enclose the terms within parentheses (); this technique CANNOT be used in the first box, but CAN be used in the second or subsequent boxes.

The asterisk (*) is the truncation symbol. (e.g., argentin* matches argentina, argentinian, argentine, etc.)

You can use the drop down menus to change the index labels.  In this example in the second box, "title" was changed to "keyword".

You can add additional rows to your search.

Boolean, Wildcards, and Subject Searches


Once you find a book on your topic use the "Subjects" that appear in the "Description" of the record to find additional resources on your topic.