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Orienting Yourself to Linguistics Resources: Resource Tips

An onboarding guide for members new to the Linguistics Department

Helpful Tips

In Quicksearch, you can search for general topics and narrow down to specific subjects using the facets to the left of your search results. This can limit resources to specific date ranges, languages, locations, online/offline, dissertations, and so on. When you search on, you will automatically be taken to a screen that shows you what we have in a variety of digital and analog formats. Books+ is where we can search the library catalog, which includes print and electronic books. The Books+ portal link is immediately below the search box on the initial results screen.

In the screenshot, we are starting from Quicksearch itself, not the library homepage. When you visit will be presented with a blank screen on Books+. I want to do a subject search for higher education

We can use the drop-down menu to the right of the search box to pick what we want to search in the catalog. In this case, we are looking for a subject.

On a record, you can also click on the subject terms assigned to a book relevant to your research. This will help you with digital serendipity by calling up books from across YUL that have those same subject tags.

This book, Linguistic Justice on Campus: Pedagogy and Advocacy for Multilingual Students, has a subject term that can help us locate similar titles.

The subject term above is nested, meaning that the > is representing narrowing down the topic. If we wanted to do a search for American higher education in general, regardless of what the subject hierarchy is, we can use the advanced search.

In the advanced search box, we will look for United States in one box, higher education in another. Writing American instead of United States will match us to subject terms like African AmericanAsian American, and so on. 

The advanced search allows us to put search terms in multiple boxes, each with their own drop-down menu for choosing the aspect we want to search. We are searching subject terms, and we want results published from 2010 to the present.

The search results are below.

The search results for United States higher education as a subject term.

In the old search interface, Orbis, you have a really interesting option that might be helpful to you. Library of Congress call numbers, which appear in either the catalog record or on the print spine (e.g., QK980 C35X 2012), can be searched. These call numbers are based on book topics, and you can locate other materials related to the book of interest to you with this search feature. 

The front page of Orbis. In the drop-down menu next to Search, Call Number (LC) is selected. I have entered the first line of a call number into the search box.

Here, I'm searching for LA226, which will show me — in alphabetical order — everything with that subject (higher education). I can use the left and right arrows in the upper right (just above the results) to browse.

Search results in Orbis for the first line of a call number, which shows the items that are tagged with that call number.


While a lot of papers appear in Google Scholar, the Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) is the best place to go if you want to:

  • Analyze articles' citation performance by author.
  • View the research performance of a department (usually best done by searching on addresses + institutions).
  • Discover which papers are associated with a particular grant.
  • View a two-way citation tree — or, papers cited by a paper plus papers citing a paper.

If you want metrics about social impact, Scopus is actually better — if an article has been shared frequently on social media, Scopus will have a page devoted to that. It also disambiguates authors via its author search (but for common names, it can get difficult and inaccurate).

The Journal Citation Reports (by Clarivate Analytics) will help you determine the performance of your journal articles — and find places where you can submit new papers. Disciplines are often one of the categories. (If this tells you we don't have access, just refresh the page.)

What is ORCID?

ORCID provides you with a unique identifier — an Open Researcher and Contributor ID — and a mechanism for linking your research outputs and activities to your ORCID. Yale is an ORCID member.

How is it useful to me?

ORCID is integrated into many systems used by publishers, funders, institutions, and other research-related services. Some publishers now require an ORCID for the primary (or all) co-authors when submitting a paper.


  • Distinguishes you and ensures your research outputs/activities are correctly attributed to you.
  • Reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations, including employment, funding, scholarly works, and education.
  • Reduces form-filling — again, many publishers, funders, and research-related services now have ORCID sign-ins and integrations.
  • Improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs.
  • Is sometimes required by journal manuscript submission systems and grant application forms.
  • Is persistent — you can use it throughout your research career.

In addition, if you have a common name or plan to change your name in the future, ORCID can help others find your older papers.

Watch Why ORCID? to learn more:

How do I register?

Go to Click Institutional Account and type in Yale University. From here, you can log in with your Yale credentials. If you don’t already have an account, ORCID will guide you through the three-minute account creation process.

Where can I learn more?

Learn more about ORCID at or in the Yale Library ORCID guide at

Open Access at Yale

Yale University Library supports many open access initiatives through membership fees. These include preprint servers like the arXiv and medRxiv, Knowledge Unlatched, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, Reveal Digital, the Technical Report Archive & Image Library, and the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics. Read more about our open access initiative support here.

Are you about to publish? Yale Library has agreements with some publishers that provide discounts when you publish with them. For PLOS and Cambridge University Press, the article processing charges to publish open access are completely waived. To learn more about your options and the details of our agreements, visit the library's guide to open access publishing support.

Guidelines on what the library supports and our strategy for choosing initiatives are available here.

Some of our databases have filters that allow you to see what is being published open access, including the Web of Science and Scopus. If you want to see what Yale authors have published under open access licenses, for example, do a search on Yale University using the Institution/Affiliation filter, then narrow down to open access in the results.