Subject Guide with Search Tips for English as a Second Language
Books and Media | Articles | Internet

Getting Started

These sources provide a good beginning.  Some contain general discussion or an overview.  This kind of background will often suggest topics, jargon, or keywords for further research.

The University of Chicago Spanish Dictionary : Spanish-English, English-Spanish / originally compiled by Carlos Castillo and Otto F. Bond
PC4640 .U5 2002, San Marcos, REFERENCE
(There are several Spanish/English, English/Spanish dictionaries in the same call number area.) 

The Little, Brown Handbook.  9th ed. 2004/ H. Ramsey Fowler
PE 1112 .F6 2004, Escondido, REFERENCE
(There are other English grammar books in this call number area.)

Books and Media

Use the Library Catalog http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/library/ to find books, periodicals, and media on your topic.  You can enter keywords of your own choosing, or you can identify the specific subject headings that the library catalog uses to group related materials together. 

Suggested Subject Headings
English as a Second Language

Selected Call Numbers

American business English/ESL [videorecording] : the fundamentals / Video Aided Instruction, Inc. ; produced and directed by Peter Lanzer, Mona E. Lanzer
PE1479 .B87 A7 1998

Barron's how to prepare for the TOEFL test : test of English as a foreign language / Pamela J. Sharpe
PE1128 .S5 2004 San Marcos, CIRCULATING

ESL easy English [videorecording]/ Lentini, Linda.
PE1128 .E25 2003  San Marcos, CIRCULATING

The University of Chicago Spanish Dictionary : Spanish-English, English-Spanish / originally compiled by Carlos Castillo and Otto F. Bond
PC4640 .U5, Escondido, CIRCULATING

There are many books, audiotapes, videos and DVD’s in our collection dealing with the study of the English language.  In addition, we have materials on various countries, cultures and peoples.  Please ask the reference librarian for further assistance.


Articles are usually identified by using online research databases or printed indexes.  Printed indexes are especially helpful for older material.  Journal, magazine, and newspaper articles can supply the latest information on a topic and often contain details not available elsewhere. NOTE: Passwords required to use off-campus http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/offcampus.htm

·         EBSCOhost http://prozy.palomar.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp?profile=web

EBSCOhost provides access to several databases including magazine, journal and newspaper articles.  For a guide on how to search EBSCOhost, go to Using EBSCOhost at http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/ebsco.htm


Basic internet Search Strategies - Use a directory, subject portal, or search engine to focus your Internet search.   In addition to those listed below, find more sites on the Palomar Library Subject Links site at http://www.palomar.edu/library/subjects.htm Information on evaluating websites can be found at http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SelfHelp.htm#websearching.

  • The Internet TSL Journal ESL Links: quizzes, mostly for teachers http://iteslj.org
  • English as a Second Language http://www.rong-chang.com/
  • Self-study Quizzes for ESL Students  http://a4esl.org/q/h

    From the Palomar College Library Home Page, select Subject Links, then English as a Second Language for additional internet sites.

Information on Citation Styles – In order to create a bibliography for your research paper, you will need to follow the rules of a specific style.  For a list of styles and information on how to use them, go to http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SubjectGuides/WritingStyles.htm

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