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Languages, Learning and Resources: Library Resources

For those learning a new language or needing help with translation and grammar. Also lists resources for media, film, music, and literature in all languages.


Appalachian State University (through NC LIVE) provides access to foreign language resource eBooks-- dictionaries, grammars, and phrasebooks in a wide variety of languages (including all languages in ASU curriculum plus others-- Urdu, Hindi, Javanese, and Panjabi)

To locate items in the online catalog, keyword search by language and one of the following terms:

Ex. french language and self-instruction

french language and phrase books

french language and grammar

Limit the results by ebook. Voila!

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Here you will find some of the resources available at Belk Library to help you learn a wide variety of languages.

Finding Books

Library Catalog
To locate books, journal titles (after you have used an index to identify specific articles), and other materials in the ASU Libraries and the Western North Carolina Library Network (WNCLN).

Try a keyword search first. Your strategy will either be to use a specific word, phrase or combine words that represents your broad topic. Example:

Teaching Spanish elementary
Rimbaud literary criticism
language acquisition adult

Try a subject search using Library of Congress Subject Headings, either from highly relevant books that your keyword search turned up, or from fairly broad headings that you find by browsing the Catalog by Subject. Examples:

Spanish language Study and teaching (Elementary)
Rimbaud, Arthur 1854-1891 History and criticism
Second language acquisition

WorldCat is a catalog of over 35 million books, serials, audiovisual media, maps, archives/manuscripts, scores, and computer files from 17,000 libraries around the world. Electronic interlibrary loan requesting is available for qualified patrons. WorldCat is not an index to journal articles.


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Beth Cramer
Belk Library and Information Commons

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