Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

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Introduction | Accessing | Searching | Search Results | Managing Search Results | Search Tips | Additional Features

Introduction

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts contains abstracts of articles related to the nature and use of language. The database covers all aspects of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is also given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts contains abstracts of articles related to the nature and use of language. The database covers all aspects of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is also given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

Major areas of coverage include:

  • Anthropological Linguistics Applied Linguistics
  • Descriptive Linguistics
  • Discourse Analysis / Text Linguistics
  • Hearing and Speech Physiology
  • Hearing - Pathological and Normal History of Linguistics
  • Interpersonal Behavior and Communication
  • Language Classification
  • Language - Pathological and Normal
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Lexicography / Lexicology
  • Mental Retardation
  • Morphology
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Orthography, Writing Systems
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Poetics / Literary Theory
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Psychometrics
  • Semantics
  • Semiotics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Special Education
  • Syntax
  • Theory of Linguistics
  • Typology
    The database coverage is from 1973 - current and it is updated monthly, with approximately 1,500 new records added

    Print Equivalent: Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

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Accessing

This database may be accessed from the Electronic Resources Section of the Alvin Sherman Library website.

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Searching

When you open Linguistics and Language Behavior the screen defaults to the Advanced Search mode. To choose move among types of search modes, click on the Quick Search or Advanced tabs near the top of the screen. Note that the Advanced Search mode includes a link for 'add more rows' or 'remove more rows.'

Opening screen
Opening Screen

To construct a search in Linguistics and Language Behavior

  • type your search term(s) in the first Search for box
  • click on Search to obtain a list of records

Building your search strategy:

  • Keywords (KW) – Choose the keyword option to search title, abstract, and descriptors simultaneously. If the database has identifiers these are searched also. There is a difference between searching Anywhere and Keywords. Anywhere searches ALL fields
  • Descriptor (DE) - This field contains indexing terms taken from a thesaurus or controlled vocabulary. These descriptors may be single or multi-word terms and serve as standard ways to describe the subject of the original document. Searching by Descriptor is usually more precise than searching by Keywords. Results are more relevant.

Thesaurus - A thesaurus provides a standard language or set of terms with which to describe a subject area. It indicates to a searcher which terms to use to retrieve the maximum number of relevant documents. Often referred to as controlled vocabulary terms. Click on the Search Tool tab or the link on the bottom of the page to access the Thesaurus.

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Search Results

Search results will vary. If you get:

  • No records matched your search, then check your spelling or the fields you searched in.
  • Too many, then go back and limit your search. Sometimes a search needs to be modified with: additional search words, searching only a specific field, adding date limitations, or type of materials.
  • Too few, then go back and expand your search. Consider synonyms for your search words or concepts. Try to use professional language or terminology.
  • Irrelevant results, then try new search terms. Consider synonyms or related concepts. Identify and search using descriptors. Try a different database.

Results lists

Results List page includes the results retrieved from the search.

The results page automatically separates the results into publication types. They are listed in tabs across the top of the results.

  • All Publication Types (default)
  • Journals
  • Peer-Reviewed Journals (also known as refereed)
  • Web Sites
  • Books
  • Chapters/Essays
  • Dissertations
  • Reports

Results list
Results list

On the results list, default is 10 hits per page. You can change this to 25 or 50 on the first search screen or from the pull-down menu on the bottom of the results page.

At the bottom of the search results page, an additional search box is available to refine your original search or submit a new search. Simply enter in the information and click the 'Search' button to retrieve your new set of results.

Also available at the bottom of the page is a navigation menu. The navigation feature allows you to view another page of records or to use the Record # box to go to a specific record number.

Records

To view a detailed record in View Record

click on an item’s title to see: the full citation, an abstract and a list of subject headings assigned to the record

Full Record
Full Record

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Managing Search Results

Databases typically allow you to manage your search results by utilizing the option below:

  • printing your search results list and/or specific records
  • saving your search results list and/or specific records–some databases may allow you to save your file for export into commercial bibliographic citation manager software, such as EndNote or ProCite

Not all search management features are available in all databases.

Marking

The “mark” feature allows you to select records within your search results. By marking items, you can print or email multiple records at one time.

You can mark individual records using the check boxes or select the 'Mark all on page' hyperlink towards the top left of the result lists. You must then select 'Update Marked List' or perform another action (e.g., enter a new search) for the marked list to be updated.

The link at the top right of each page, X Marked Records, shows the number of records you have marked so far. Select this link to view and edit your Marked List.

To mark a record for saving, printing or emailing:

  • Check the box at the top left of the desired record or use Mark link at the upper left corner of the results page to select all the records on the page
  • Click Save, Print, Email

Save, Print, Email
Save, Print, Email

Printing

To save, print, or email upto 500 records (or as many you would like in batches of 500):

  • Click Save, Print, Email
  • Use records from the current search (up to 500)
  • Select format
  • If desired, add comments
  • Click on Print Preview

Print
Printing


Emailing

To save, print, or email upto 500 records (or as many you would like in batches of 500):

  • Click Save, Print, Email
  • Use records from the current search (up to 500)
  • Select format
  • If desired, add comments
  • Enter a complete email address
  • Click on Email
  • You get a confirmation that the email was sent

Emailing
Emailing

Saving

To save, print, or email upto 500 records (or as many you would like in batches of 500):

  • Click Save, Print, Email
  • Use records from the current search (up to 500)
  • Select format
  • If desired, add comments
  • Select correct file format (PC, Macintosh, Unix)
  • Click on Save

Saving
Saving

By default, records are saved as a file with a "bin" extension. CSA recommends changing the filename, file extension and the location where the file will be saved.

For example, change the default name of:  csaAAAaaDyra
to a new name of:  filename.doc  OR  filename.txt
and location :  C:\My Documents

If records are saved as a "bin" file, they can be viewed using Notepad or Wordpad.

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Search Tips

Use advanced search features to modify a search to obtain more successful search results. You can combine advanced search features to modify and improve your search. Advanced search features often include:

  • date
  • document and/or publication type and
  • Boolean operators

  • Phrase or proximity searching

    In Linguistics & Language Behavior, there are several ways to search for a phrase

    Proximity searches limit the number of words between your search terms.

    Use
    To
    No Operator Find words as a phrase, e.g., "life stage transitions" retrieves records containing the three words immediately adjacent to one another and in the same order.
    WITHIN "X" Find words within a specified radius, e.g., (women) within 5 (violence) retrieves records that contain women and violence in any order and within a five word radius of one other. Any number may be used to determine the proximity radius.
    NEAR Find words within 10 words of each other, e.g., women near violence retrieves records that contain women and violence in any order with up to 9 words in between. Note: near is the same as within 10.
    BEFORE Finds words in a relative order, e.g., social before security. Note: adjacency is not implied.
    AFTER Finds words that contain words in the relative order specified with the after expression, e.g., scope after science. Note: adjacency is not implied.

    Note: Use double quotes " " to search for "near", "before", or "after", e.g., "near" death experience.


    Field searching

    To limit your search to a specific field in the record

    • use the pull-down arrow to the right of each text entry box
    • scroll to the field to limit your search to
    • click on the field's name

    Field Searching
    Field Searching

    • Keywords (KW) – Choose the keyword option to search title, abstract, and descriptors simultaneously. If the database has identifiers these are searched also. There is a difference between searching Anywhere and Keywords. Anywhere could literally meany anywhere in the document.

    • Descriptor (DE) - This field contains indexing terms taken from a thesaurus or controlled vocabulary. These descriptors may be single or multi-word terms and serve as standard ways to describe the subject of the original document. They may refer to very specific items or to general concepts; often the word or term is not to be found anywhere else in the record, including in the title or the abstract, so a descriptor provides another way, access point or search term for finding the information you want. Searching by Descriptor is usually more precise than searching by Keywords. Results are more relevant.

    • Identifiers (ID) - This field contains subject terms not included in the controlled vocabulary but considered by the indexer to be extremely relevant to the record. They may be single word or multiple word terms. Since identifiers are not selected from the controlled vocabulary, different synonyms for the same subject may appear in this field, as well as abbreviations and acronyms.Also, company names, trademarks, the names of legislative acts, government policies and new and up-coming methods and procedures are often assigned as identifiers. Like descriptors, these terms may not appear in the title or abstract, and therefore serve as additional ways to focus your search.


    Date

    To limit a search to specific years use Date Range pull-down menu.

    Date Range
    Date Range


    Document type

    In Linguistics and Language Behavior, different publication types are shown on the results page.

    The results page automatically separates the results into publication types. They are listed in tabs across the top of the results. Some of the publication types are:

    • journals
    • peer-reviewed journals
    • conferences
    • web sites
    • books
    • book chapters
    • essays
    • reports

    The default view is the 'All Publication Types' tab. To limit your search by publication type, select one of the tabs or click on More Publication types to see a complete list. When a tab is selected, it will be highlighted in yellow.


    Boolean operators

    Use AND to narrow a search. AND looks for both terms in the same record.
    leadership and vision; mainstreaming and science

    Use OR to broaden a search. OR looks for either term in the same record.
    mainstreaming or inclusion; elementary education or secondary education

    Use NOT to eliminate records with a certain term.
    Saturn not car; Venus not planet

    Plurals

    Truncation and Wildcard symbols can expand the scope of your search. They can be used to locate plural forms, truncate search terms, or replace characters. Use the following symbols in Linguistics & Language Behavior:

    *

    Truncation for any number of characters at the end of a word. Useful for retrieving regular plurals.
    leader* retrieves leader, leaders, leadership

    *

    Wildcard for multiple characters. Useful for retrieving alternate forms and alternate spelling.
    radio?y retrieves radiology, radiometry, radiography, radioactivity
    behavi?r retrieves behavior, behaviour

    ?

    Wildcard for one character. Useful for retrieving alternate spellings.
    defen#e retrieves both defense and defence

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Additional Features

Document acquisition options

Several locating options are available for each record in the results list.

  • View record- provides complete citation

    View Record
    View Record


  • Full-text Linking (if access is available, usually to Science Direct, Ingenta and publishers’ websites)


    Full-text Link


  • Links to Holdings (links to NovaCAT, NSU Online Catalog)

    Links to Holding
    Links to Holdings


  • Order this document through ILLiad (links to NSU ILL form ILLiad)

    Order Document through ILLiad
    Order document through ILLiad
Thesaurus

Using the Thesaurus, you can browse for terms via a hierarchical, alphabetical, or rotated index display. These display formats allow you to navigate the thesaurus alphabetically or through the hierarchical relationships between terms. After finding appropriate terms, you can submit a search for those terms in the database Descriptors field. These standardized terms are also know as controlled vocabulary.

To use the thesaurus

  • enter a term into the search field
  • select a display option
  • click the Go button.

There are three display options for your thesaurus search results:

  • Thesaurus (Hierarchical)
    The Thesaurus display shows the hierarchy of the term and relationships to the other terms, and you may click on hyperlinked terms to navigate the thesaurus. Broader terms, narrower terms, related terms and use/use for instructions are listed in this display. Previous and next terms are also included. The [+] symbol appears next to terms that contain narrower terms within their hierarchy.

  • The Rotated Index (which is often called a permuted index) displays an alphabetical list of all thesaurus terms containing a selected word. This word can occur anywhere within a thesaurus term and it does not have to be the first word. You can only search for a single word, not a phrase, in the Rotated Index. This display also shows the [+] symbol beside terms that have narrower terms, and provides related terms and scope notes, where relevant. To see the full hierarchy and relationships, you can click on the hyperlinked term.

  • The Alphabetical Index produces a simple alphabetized list of terms, with selection boxes beside valid, preferred terms. There are no boxes beside terms that if searched would not retrieve any results. You can still click on these hyperlinked terms to display the full thesaurus entry and discover which terms to use instead.

Scope notes - are brief statements of the meaning or usage of a term,

History notes also displayed, where relevant.

Explode searches for the marked term and all its narrower terms.

When you are ready to search for the term

  • mark the boxes next to the desired term(s),
  • then click on the Go button on the left side of the screen.

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