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Modern Languages: 82-783 - L2 Acquisition Theories & Research: Start Here

This guide will assist you in your research for this course. Be sure to check out other course or subject guides for additional resources.

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As you begin to think about your topic, you should also think about the tools you plan to use to gather your research sources.  For example:

  1. Do you have a tool for gathering all your research, annotate it, and organize your projects?
  2. Do you have a tool to help you cite your research and create a bibliography?
  3. Do you have a to help you network with other researchers?

Save your self time with a little planning:

  • Visit our Managing Citations guide for information on available tools for saving your research, citing it, and cite as you write applications.  Not only do these tools will save you from manually typing citations, making edits, and adjusting citing styles for various journal, some will help you network with other researchers or locate relevant research.
  • Visit Data & Publishing to learn about managing your data, reproducibility, publishing, and more.

Finally, here's a database that can help with research design:

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks or atlases, can provide a great overview. These kinds of materials help you to:

  • Learn more about the topic in general or a particular aspect of it
  • Locate definitions of concepts, important facts, and key data
  • Understand the context, research themes, and theories relevant to your topic
  • Discover concepts and related vocabulary
  • Identify further readings and ways in which you may focus your topic

Wikipedia is convenient, and can be a place to learn about a new topic, but don't rely on it alone; most Carnegie Mellon University instructors do not accept Wikipedia as a cited source for your assignments.  

Tip:  Quickest way to browse is to use the provided links to navigate to a specific subject, library, or materials type (see sample below):

Sample Record


In addition, the following are good starting points for developing a literature review on a topic.  If you are looking for a specific language, you may have to search using the target language (i.e. Spanish), if you are unable to limit by that language. T

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Consult General Tips for Finding Resources in Different Languages on the Modern Languages guide home page.