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This is a truly excellent way of keeping up with the literature in my area. I needed to know what had been published recently on the topic of a paper I am currently writing ...and was able to find several references I might otherwise have missed.

Peter Ladefoged, UCLA

I find the quality of the abstracts very high and both the choice and range of material abstracted to be exactly what I need.

Virginia Brennan, Vanderbilt University

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the main features of Linguistics Abstracts Online?

Linguistics Abstracts Online is a high quality abstracts database containing over 72,000 abstracts from over 600 leading linguistics journals.

Our new search engine allows searching using any combination of journal or abstract title, sub-discipline, volume, issue, author or key word plus "title in translation", date of publication as well as perform "special character" searches.

Other features include:

  • Boolean, Proximity, and Stem Searching
  • Keyword highlighting
  • The ability to rank searches by relevance, date or journal title
  • Cross-referenced search results
  • Page references
  • Save your favorite searches for quick access
  • Create "Projects" to easily manage your favorite abstracts
  • Customisable RSS & E-Alerts for newly added abstracts
  • Summaries of journals with links to abstracts
  • The ability to print and email abstracts
  • Links to full text of journal articles via CrossRef, JSTOR and SFX Open URL (where applicable)
  • COUNTER compliant reporting for librarians
2. How much does the subscription to Linguistics Abstracts Online cost?

For our latest pricing information please visit our Pricing Information page.

The pricing information page also contains details about how librarians can request a free institutional trial.

3. What will be the benefits of subscribing to Linguistics Abstracts Online?

Linguistics Abstracts Online is an essential tool for linguistics scholars who are writing papers, preparing teaching materials, compiling bibliographies and checking references, and for keeping up-to-date with emerging trends and important developments in the field.

4. What restrictions are there on the use of content?

You may download and save, print, or email details of any content found in Linguistics Abstracts Online, for personal or teaching use.

5. How regularly will the database be updated?

The database will be updated continuously as the editors select articles to be abstracted from the latest editions of over 600 leading linguistics journals. Abstracts are now added within days of publication.

6. Can I subscribe myself as a personal user?

Subscriptions are limited to libraries and other institutions. Individual access is available to members of subscribing institutions.

7. How can I arrange for a trial?

To arrange a free 30-day library trial, please contact the helpdesk.

8. How can I gain access to the service?
If your library subscribes to Linguistics Abstracts Online you will be able to gain access via your institution. Contact your librarian.

Libraries can access Linguistics Abstracts Online via IP recognition. For more information, please contact the helpdesk

9. Will I see usage statistics from the trial?

Yes, COUNTER compliant usage statistics are available to libraries for both trials and subscriptions.

10. Will access be based on passwords or IP address recognition?

Access will be via IP address recognition. IP recognition is an authenticating process that some websites use to filter out unwanted users. The IP address is usually expressed in dot notation, e.g. The address can be split into a network number (or network address) and a host number unique to each host on the network and sometimes also a subnet address. Institutions such as libraries or corporations with many terminals operating on one site usually have an IP range. To find out what is the IP range of your institution contact your IT department.

11. How many members of one institution will be able to use Linguistics Abstracts Online?

Access is available to all members of the subscribing institution. There is no limit to concurrent users.

12. How can I arrange for titles to be considered for inclusion?

If you would like us to consider abstracting sources not currently included in the database please feel free to contact us via details below:

Benjamin V. Tucker (editor)
Department of Linguistics
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2E7
Email: bvtucker@ualberta.ca

Quick Search

You can use the quick search to search across all fields, or you can narrow your search down to a specific field including:

  • Abstract
  • Abstract Title
  • Author
  • Journal

Advanced Search

You can use the advanced search feature to create more complex searches.

Using the advance search feature you can search the following fields:

  • Abstract & Abstract Title (at the same time)
  • Author
  • Journal
  • Subdiscipline
  • Year
  • Volume / Issue

You also have access to the following features:

  • Proximity Searching
  • Include "Stop" words

You can also set and save preferences such as:

  • Number of results to display per page
  • Keyword highlighting

Exact Searching

If you are searching on multiword phrases, such as both the first and family name of an author, or the full title of a publication then place your query between double inverted commas to get best results.

For example "Stan Smith" will give you exact phrase matching on this author name whereas entering Stan Smith will return all matches on the occurrence of the words Stan or Smith.

Obviously, if you enter a single word like "language" you will get a very large number of matches so you should use caution when using potentially common words and try to make your search term as accurate as possible which will in turn deliver much more useful results.

Boolean Searching

Boolean Searching adds great flexibility to our search by giving you the ability to use AND (You can also use "+") and OR with your key words.

These words (also known as operators) are specially recognised by our search system when typed into the search fields in capital letters.

For example if you would like to search for items on "language" and "sound" you could do so by entering the following into the Text search field:

language AND sound

The search would return all items containing both "language" and "sound" somewhere within its text.

If you wanted to search for items on either "language" or "sound" you could enter:

language OR sound

The search would return all items containing either "language" or "sound" somewhere within its text.

Stem Searching

Stem searching is useful when you are researching a particular subject matter which may have different suffixes.

For example, stem searching on the word "speak" would also return results for "speaking", or "speaker"

To perform stem searching simply insert the root / stem of your keyword (in our case, "speak") add an "*" (asterix) at the end of your keyword.

For example: speak*

Proximity Searching

Proximity searching is a way of searching for instances where two or more words from a phrase occur within a specified distance of each other. For example, a search could be used to find "second language learning", and match phrases such as "learning a second language". By limiting the proximity of elements of the search phrase, they can be matched while avoiding results where the words are used in unrelated occurrences within a document

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