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Basic Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages



To find books at UMass, you have two options.

1. Start with the general search box on the library home page,  

This catalog gives you access to libraries and collections throughout North America and beyond! It starts with UMass but does not limit you to our catalog.

Citations can be exported directly to RefWorks or other citation managers.

2. Or, use the Five Colleges Library Catalog.

This catalog lets you search in some very specifc ways, for example, by Library of Congress Subject Heading. Be as specific as possible in your searching. Start with a subject search (use keyword if subject yields no results). Search by author, title, subject, keyword, call number, journal title, etc. For materials on a specific subject, enter your term(s) into the Subject or Keyword search boxes.

Citations can be exported directly to RefWorks or other citation managers.


We order for you - for free!

Use your Interlibrary Loan account to:

  • Borrow books, videos, and other materials not available in the Five College system.
  • Request electronic copies of articles and book chapters not available at UMass.
  • In databases, and in your Refworks account, use the button to  taken directly to Interlibrary Loan, so you can order articles if UMass does not have them.

Databases for articles and research reports

  • ERIC
    Education journal articles and reports. Look at the "Descriptors" above the abstract of each result to get official subject headings, which often give you more or better results. Example: -teaching French pronunciation- versus -pronunciation instruction- and -French-.
  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts
    Abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. Covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Documents indexed include journal articles, book reviews, books, book chapters, dissertations and working papers.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    This is an excellent database for research in the Humanities in various languages and fields - literature, theater, and film studies.
  • Web of Science
    Allows multidisciplinary searches combining arts, humanities, social science and science. Good for seeing who cited whom. Good for academic book reviews.
  • Google Scholar
    Easy to search like Google, but returns only scholarly articles, books, dissertations. Look for "Get Full Text Via UMLinks" links next to some article titles.

Tip for databases

After you've run a search, use the button to retrieve articles or to be taken directly to the Interlibrary Loan request page, so you can order the article if UMass does not have it.


Using RefWorks or Other Citation Managers


Use a citation manager, such as RefWorks, EasyBib or Zotero to keep track of your research.


Put all your references in RefWorks, create quick and easy bibliographies, build your knowledgebase.

1. Set up your account by clicking on the RefWorks link on the library homepage. From the RefWorks info page, "New to RefWorks? - Sign up for an Individual Account." Note: You get to choose your own username and password - make them easy to remember!

2. Get your book citations into RefWorks

Books from UMA WorldCat

  1. Go to
  2. Conduct a search and go to an individual item listing.
  3. Click “Cite/Export.” Select "Export to RefWorks" in the pop-up box.
  4. Log into RefWorks.

Books from the Five College Catalog

  1. Conduct a search and go to an individual item listing.
  2. Click "E-Mail/Save" link near the top of the screen.
  3. Under Choose predefined format, select "RefWorks Format." Click "Go."
  4. Click "RefWorks."
  5. Log into RefWorks.

    3. Get your journal article citations into RefWorks
    Most databases have a way to export citations into RefWorks directly.

    4. Edit the references especially diacritics
    Use the edit feature to fix any missing or incorrect diacritics or punctuation or other errors. None of these systems is perfect!

    5. Create an Annotated Bibliography with RefWorks.
    It's pretty easy! Follow these instructions to get your annotations in the right place.

    6. Share your research with RefShare
    You can create a webpage out of any Refworks folder that can be shared with anyone! To access RefShare, log into RefWorks and click on Folders => Share Folders. Here's a RefShare list on Participatory Action Research, created by Isabel Espinal.

    If you need more help or info on RefWorks, check out the FAQs.

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