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Linguistics Library Guide: Looking for Books

Linguistics Library Guide

Finding Books

Material in the library is arranged according to the Dewey Classification system.  Material about linguistics is generally found in the 400  range.        

Use the link to PRIMO on the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library's home page to search for books (by author, title, subject or keyword) or journal titles.    


"Locations" gives the shelf number.  Prefixes indicate in which library the books will be found.  The prefixes DS and WH have been discontinued, but they will still be found on older material in the catalogue and on the spines of books.  Ignore these prefixes  -  only the shelf number is important.   However, where the prefix is WHJ or WHT, these are discrete collections of books for the Classroom Collection (WHJ), and School Textbooks (WHT) which are shelved separately.

The prefix R means the book is reference and cannot be taken out. 

BA indicates Special Collections and can only be consulted or photocopied. Please ask the staff at the Information Desk in the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library to arrange access to Special Collections for you, if you are an undergraduate student. 

Government Publications Library keeps all official government documents.  Their holdings are indicated by the prefix G.  Some of their materials are available for loan.    

Useful Shelf Numbers


Your books are kept in the Undergraduate Wing of the Main Library.

Your main shelf numbers are:

149.94 Linguistic philosophies

153.6 Psychology of communication

302.2 Social communications

302.222 Non-linguistic communication

306.44 Sociolinguistics

400 Language

401 Philosophy & theory
407 Education, research, related topics
408 With respect to kinds of persons
409 Geographical & persons treatment
410 Linguistics
411 Writing systems
412 Etymology
413 Dictionaries
414 Phonology
415 Structural systems (Grammar)
417 Dialectology & historical linguistics
418 Standard usage Applied linguistics
419 Verbal language not spoken or written
420 English & Old English
421 English writing system & phonology
422 English etymology
423 English dictionaries
425 English grammar
427 English language variations
428 Standard English usage
429 Old English (Anglo-Saxon)
430 Germanic languages German
431 German writing system & phonology
432 German etymology
433 German dictionaries
435 German grammar
437 German language variations
438 Standard German usage
439 Other Germanic languages
440 Romance languages French
441 French writing system & phonology
442 French etymology
443 French dictionaries
445 French grammar
447 French language variations
448 Standard French usage
449 Provencal & Catalan
450 Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romantic
451 Italian writing system & phonology
452 Italian etymology
453 Italian dictionaries
455 Italian grammar
457 Italian language variations
458 Standard Italian usage
459 Romanian & Rhaeto-Romanic
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
461 Spanish writing system & phonology
462 Spanish etymology
463 Spanish dictionaries
465 Spanish grammar
467 Spanish language variations
468 Standard Spanish usage
469 Portuguese
470 Italic Latin
471 Classical Latin writing & phonology
472 Classical Latin etymology & phonology
473 Classical Latin dictionaries
475 Classical Latin grammar
477 Old, Postclassical, Vulgar Latin
478 Classical Latin usage
479 Other Italic languages
480 Hellenic languages Classical Greek
481 Classical Greek writing & phonology
482 Classical Greek etymology
483 Classical Greek dictionaries
485 Classical Greek grammar
487 Pre-classical & post-classical Greek
488 Classical Greek usage
489 Other Hellenic languages
490 Other languages
491 East Indo-European & Celtic languages
492 Afro-Asiatic languages Semitic
493 Non-Semitic Afro-Asiatic languages
494 Ural-Altaic, Paleosiberian, Dravidian
495 Languages of East & Southeast Asia
496 African languages
497 North American native languages
498 South American native languages
499 Miscellaneous languages