Research Guides


Language and Literacy

This Web page gives recommendations of resources to use and the terms to search in them for topics related to language and literacy. Language Research Topics has links to pages with suggestions for other language topics.

Search SAGE using:

  • Language Arts
  • Literacy
  • Reading

Search Academic Search Premier using:

  • language and literacy
  • language arts
  • reading
  • literacy

Be certain to combine terms in the databases below to find more precisely what you need. Also, you don't want to be searching through large sets of search results. See Advanced Searching Tips for suggestions.

Search PsycINFO using:
  • Language arts education
  • Reading skills
  • Literacy
  • Writing skills
  • Reading education

Search Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts using:
  • Early Literacy
  • Literacy
  • Language acquisition
  • Reading Ability
  • Language learning

Search MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association) using:
  • development of language
  • literacy development
  • language
  • reading
  • literacy
  • relationship to literacy
  • language interaction
  • writing
  • teaching of language

Search Education Index (print) using:
  • English language teaching
  • reading-teaching
  • language arts
  • language arts - teaching

Search ERIC using:
  • Adult literacy
  • Family literacy
  • Literacy education
  • English instruction
  • Language arts
  • Parent influence
  • Emergent literacy
  • Literacy
  • Parent Role

Be sure to evaluate the sources you find. Use How to Evaluate Books and How to Evaluate Articles for suggestions of things to examine.

Note: CSU no longer subscribes to the indexes listed below, but the terms should work if your library has them:

Search Article First using:

  • language and literacy

Search ABI/Inform using:
  • literacy
  • language
  • communication
Search Periodical Abstracts using:
  • literacy
  • language
  • reading