Ask a Librarian
Chat is unavailable at this time.
Text a Librarian
Library databases, including Professional Development Collection, ERIC, Education Resource Complete, Communication & Mass Media Complete and Academic Search Complete as well as Project MUSE, JSTOR, PsychINFO, and SocINDEX are a major source of high quality information on teaching English as a second languages and related topics. These include descriptions of of articles published in education research journals, education magazines, and journals in related fields that provide some of the most dependable and up-to-date information available.
The library's collection of books provides longer works on established practices in the field.
The open web can also provide useful and high quality information and lesson plans, although each new website should be examined carefully to verify the authority of the author, the point of view or bias of the sponsor, and the quality of the information.
Many of the sources linked in this guide are purchased by the library for your use. When you click on these links from a computer not connected through the campus network you will need to identify yourself by entering your campus network username and password. This is the same username and password as you use to access BlueLink.
Use the tabs above for more detailed instructions.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-208-5956
To help you get started in your research, begin here:
Most of your research will lead you to journals.
What you would find here...
- Academic journals and periodicals discussing current trends in teaching English as a Second Language
What you would find here:ERIC, the Education Resources Information Clearinghouse, is the result of a government project and provides abstracts and links to journal articles and unpublished "education documents."
- Academic journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and conference papers on linguistics, grammar, nonverbal communication, culture, and more in relation to teaching English language.
What you would find here...Professional Development Collection - This database provides a highly specialized collection of more than 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports.
- Academic journals, magazines, government reports providing research on teaching methods, teacher attitudes, student attitudes, discussions on uses of technology, and more...
What you would find here:
- Academic journals and periodicals focusing on research on the practice of teaching and developing greater skills in teaching.
What you would find here:JSTOR Full-text of older scholarly journal articles including botany, humanities, education, history, social science, political science, social science, music, business, and statistics.
- Academic journals, magazines, and books on teaching methods, environments, effectiveness, beliefs of students and teachers, standards in relation to success, and more.
What you would find here:Project MUSE Collection of not-for-profit scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.
- Most articles you find here will be published more than 3-5 years ago. There are some full text current articles, but it is primarily useful for finding articles on topics that have been well-established in research.
- A note on searching JSTOR...if you search for a phrase you will need to include it in quotation marks. For example, do not search for teaching English or English as a second language, instead search for "teaching English" or "English as a second language"
What you would find here:
PsychINFO A database from the American Psychological Association citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations from all fields of psychology dating as far back as 1840.
- Articles on second language acquisition in relation to the social sciences and humanities.
- Searching Project MUSE...use the same rule as for JSTOR. Include all search phrases in quotation marks.
Search Project MUSE®
What you would find here:SocINDEX The database features more than 2,066,400 records with subject headings from a 19,750+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for 777 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 820 books and monographs, and full text for 13,947 conference papers.
- Academic journals, books, and dissertations on diverse topics relating to TESOL with biographical and international perspectives, educational reform, identity, special needs in education, discussions on which English is proper to teach, and more.
What you would find here:
- Academic journals, books and conference papers on diverse topics relating to TESOL including relationships, citizenship, the role of identity, human rights, the role of culture, feminism and more.
Most of the library's collection of education journals is online. You will be able to click on PDF (or sometimes HTML) links in the databases and read, save, email, or print complete articles.
The library's journals list to find out if we have the journal for the date you need. You will need the title of the journal or magazine (often listed as "source" or italicized, or underlined) and the date and page numbers of the article you want.
A complete list of journals can be found in the journals list.
We can request most of the articles we don't own through Interlibrary Loan. Most items arrive in 1-2 weeks.
Current issues of magazines and journals are shelved alphabetically by title on the "periodical" shelves on the first floor of the library. These titles include:
Search the library's holdings (the catalog) using the search box above. The library's holdings include about 100 online TESOL titles. These are included in the catalog, or you can search them directly through Ebrary.
To search for OCU theses, use this search box:
Browsing the shelves is another good option. Books are arranged by Dewey Decimal numbers:
Dewey Decimal Numbers for TESOL
423 English dictionaries
425 English grammar
427 English language variations
428 Standard English usages
The most recently published books in these number ranges are located on the 3rd floor of the library. Older (but often still useful) books may be in Basement Storage; you can ask a staff member at the Circulation desk to retrieve specific items for you, but patrons cannot browse in this area.
The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University is very well-known as a premier web source for many topics including:
Links of Interest to Students & Teachers of English as a Second Language, maintained by the The Internet TESL Journal. This page is an overview organized by topic; links here will lead you to pages with lists of websites and pages focused on each topic.
The following are only a selection of the professional organizations related to teaching English to speakers of other languages:
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL): the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE): devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.
National Education Association (NEA): the nation's largest professional employee organization, committed to advancing the cause of public education.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL): their mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.
We now have access to ProQuest Dissertations and Theses!
You can search this database for access to full-text dissertations from many universities and colleges. You can view Abstracts, preview the dissertations, or download the entire dissertation.
A thesis is a document written by a graduate student as part of the master's degree process. Theses are generally kept in the library of the university where the student earned his or her degree, although many are also available through the ProQuest database.
A dissertation is generally a book-length research study completed by a graduate student completing a doctoral degree. Most dissertations produced in the United States are included in the ProQuest database.
You may also search for theses at OCU through the search box at the bottom of the Archives page.
OCU has copies of all theses written by graduates of our school. If you want a copy of a thesis from another school that is not available through ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, you will need to request it by Inter-Library Loan and we will do our best to obtain it for you.
Once you have found an article that is relevant to your research, you will want to find more like it.
These are some techniques to find additional articles.
When you are looking at the Detailed Record of your article, you will see several subjects listed that relate to this article. You can do a couple of things with this information.
Reference works are located on the first floor of the library.
R 300 K22a
Acronyms in Education and the Behavioral Sciences
R 370.3 En19a6
Encyclopedia of Educational Research
R 370.3 En554en2
Encyclopedia of Education
R 370.973 Un3e3 2007
Encyclopedia of American Education
R 372.2103 En19
Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education
R 374 H191w 2000
Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education