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Research guide to applied linguistics resources

Be efficient in your research and use the various databases, reference works and additional literature in the field of applied linguistics.


We recommend that you search the databases in order to research and review up-to-date and discipline-specific content on a topic. They mostly contain references to resources as well as full text articles from journals. Depending on the database, additional types of publications such as conference reports, book chapters, pictures, videos and much more are included.


The table below provides an overview of the databases in the area of applied linguistics. Please note that databases marked with an asterisk (*) require special access information. You will find more information in the details of each database.

Name Subject Content
Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (BDSL) linguistics, literary studies references
Bibliography of Metaphor and Metonymy linguistics references
Bibliography of Pragmatics Online linguistics references
BITRA - Bibliography of Interpreting and Translation translation studies references
BLLDB - Bibliography of Linguistic Literature Database linguistics references
Communication Source communication studies, media studies references, some full texts
Germanistik Online media studies, literary studies full texts
Linguistics Portal linguistics, communication studies, semiotics full texts
LLBA - Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts linguistics references
Renteria* communication studies, media studies directory
TSB - Translation Studies Bibliography terminology, translation studies references

* Requires access information. You will find more information in the details of each database.

Open access portals

Search for scientific publications that are worldwide freely available, also known as open access publications.

Reserve collections

The following links will take you directly to the ZHAW swisscovery search portal. You can use them to display a list of the titles contained in the respective reserve collection.

Please note that physical titles in the reserve collections cannot be borrowed and are only available in the library. If available, additional copies can be borrowed.

CAS DaF/DaZ Sprachförderung für Erwachsene

Phonetik und Phonologie

Reference works

Reference works are the ideal starting point for your research. In addition to defining concepts, they help you to gain an overview of a topic, narrow down a topic and find key concepts for future work.

All electronic reference works can be found and searched in ZHAW swisscovery. The selection of titles below provides you with a quick introduction to your specialist area. General reference works can also be found with the monolingual (in German) and multilingual dictionaries (in German).

Title Additional information
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics -
Green's Dictionary of Slang There are further reference works from Oxford on the topic of language.
Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (HSK) -
Handbook of Translation Studies (HTS) -
International Encyclopedia of Communication -
Kindlers Literatur Lexikon Online -
Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Communication -
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics There are further reference works from Oxford on the topic of linguistics.
The Companion to Language Assessment -
The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics -
The International Encyclopedia of Media Effects -
Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (WSK) Online -

Bachelor's and master's theses

Selected bachelor's and master's theses from the School of Applied Linguistics are available in the ZHAW digitalcollection.