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AtoZ: World Culture
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Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
One of the U.S. Department of Education's National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively.

Center for Applied Linguistics

Do You Speak American?
Accompanies an NPR program on American English.

Resources that describe more than 6,700 living languages.

Evolution of Alphabets

French Connection
Links to sites (in French) in such areas as French history, current events, media, language and literature, libraries, e-texts, publishing, tourism and government.

Language Profiles
From UCLA Language Materials Project, includes information on where the language is spoken and linguistic features.

Living Tongues
Institute for endangered languages.

How to Evaluate Websites - Quick Tips


Evaluate websites that have information you would like to use in your assignments. 

Look on each website for an "About Us" page to answer some of the following questions:

  • Who is the author?        
  • What are his/her qualifications?
  • Why was the website created?
  • When was it last updated?
  • How reliable is the information?

Learn More About How to Evaluate Websites

Better Googling

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 (vocabulary OR idioms) "ancient greek"

45,100 results



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I need to learn some ancient greek vocabulary.

687,000 results

Here's how to craft a better search to get fewer and more relevant results:

  • Identify the main ideas in your research need.
          I need to learn some ancient greek vocabulary

  • Use quotation marks around 2 or more words that need to be together.
          "ancient greek"

  • Use OR between synonyms/related terms.
          (vocabulary OR idioms) "ancient greek"

  • Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .gov, or .org.
          (vocabulary OR idioms) "ancient greek"

More information on advanced Google searching and Google Scholar.

Wikipedia and Academic Research


How Wikipedia CAN be useful in the beginning stages of research:

Check mark A basic overview of your topic.
Check mark Important names, vocabulary and keywords related to your topic.
Check mark Table of contents for some entries, helping you to understand how your topic can be organized.
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References and other websites that may be helpful (though you will need to evaluate them to be sure).

Why NOT to use Wikipedia for academic research:

X  The accuracy and authority of a Wikipedia article cannot be verified.