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English language and applied linguistics: Books

A guide to finding information in English language and applied linguistics. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). This will show you where the book is located (which floor and its location number - known as the 'Call Number'). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: simpson language power

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Locations in the Library

All of these numbers are located on the 3rd Floor of the Library.

130 Psychology
136.5 Developmental psychology
136.7 Child psychology
400 Language
401 Language: philosophy and theory
401.9 Psycholinguistics
401.93 Language acquisition
408.7 Dialectology
409 History of language
410 Linguistics
410.28 Translation
411 Written language
412 Semantics, semiotics, etymology
414 Phonetics, phonology
415 Grammar, syntax, morphology
418 Applied linguistics
418.4 Reading
419 Sign languages
420 English language
420.9 History of the English language
421 Written English
421.5 Pronunciation, phonetics, phonology of English
422 English etymology
425 English grammar
427 English dialects
428 English usage
610 Medical sciences
612   Physiology
612.78 Physiology of speech
616   Diseases
616.855 Speech and language disorders


Acquisition of language 401.93
Applied linguistics 418

Bilingualism 404.2

Child language development 136.72
Cognition 153.6
Cognitive development 136.72
Comparative linguistics 410
Computational linguistics 410.285
Corpus linguistics 401.51

Dialectology 408.7
Discourse analysis 401.41
Dyslexia 616.8553

English dialects 427
English etymology 422
English grammar 425
English language 420
English language teaching 428.0071
English phonetics, phonology & pronunciation 421.5

Grammar 415

Language: acquisition 401.93
Language disorders 616.855
Language testing 407.6
Lexicography 413
Linguistics: general 401

Neurolinguistics 616.855
Non-verbal communication 419

Philosophy of language 401
Phonetics/phonology 414
Pragmatics 401
Psycholinguistics 401.9

Reading 418.4

Second language acquisition 401.93
Semantics 412
Semiotics 412
Sign language 419.1
Sociolinguistics 401
Speech disorders 616.855
Speech disorders in children 618.92855
Speech production 612.78
Speech therapy 616.855
Syntax 415

Teaching of language 407 and 418.0071
Translation 410.28

Written language 411

Videos: finding and borrowing a book

Using e-books

We have purchased thousands of e-books which you can read on or off-campus. 

So, if you're away from campus... or all the print copies of the book you want are out on loan... or you've reached your limit on the number of books you can borrow at any one time - it's worth checking to see if there's an e-copy. 

E-books are available to you 24/7 from any device which is connected to the internet, so can be used anytime and anywhere.

There will be direct links to e-books in your online reading lists, or you may find them yourself by searching the Library catalogue, Enterprise.

Much more information about how to find and access our e-books is available from the guide below: 

Your reading lists are available online via the Blackboard course for your module. Your lists will:

  • list all recommended print and online resources
  • show you if printed copies are available to borrow
  • include links to articles, e-books, e-book chapters, websites and videos
  • give access to scanned extracts of key readings

If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the online reading list intro video on YuJa (University username and password required)

Watch this short video to find out more about using your online reading list.

Search the Enterprise catalogue for the book or topic you need and once you are viewing your results, limit them using the Online and Book filters on the left-hand side.

Limits on Enterprise to find E-books

Your results should now only include e-books. To read the e-book, follow the 'Click here for online access' link and enter your university username and password.

Search Enterprise now using the box below:

Watch our short videos on searching the catalogue, finding a book and borrowing it

If you are unable to view these videos on YouTube they are also available on YuJa via the links below (University login required):

Most of our e-books can also be found in Summon, the Library’s discovery service. Using Summon will give you more results, as it is often able to search for your words at chapter-level.

To only see e-books in your results list, select the Publication Type E-book from the limits on the left-hand side. 

Limiting a Summon search to find e-books

You will need to refine your search even further to get results which are most relevant to you and the topic you are searching for. Look at the Library’s guide on Summon for search tips, including how to limit your results.

Search Summon using the box below (it is already set up to limit to books):

Selected new books

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages: