Pathfinder: Sign Language Interpretation



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

American Sign Language Letters for S-I-G-NUse our library catalog, found at one of our catalog terminals near the library entrance or online here. By default, the catalog opens to a simple keyword search.  If you want to search by a specific title or author, choose the browse search mode under the “search” key at top of page.  Try different keywords if your first search does not bring up any relevant results.  There is great value in browsing the shelf area where you have found a relevant book.  Look in the section of the shelves marked “HVB” to find books specifically about Sign Language.


Selected Reference Books

  • Encyclopedia of American Disability History (Ref. HV 1553 .E523 2009)
  • The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language (Ref. HV 2475 .G35 2005)
  • Gallaudet Encyclopedia of Deaf Peoples and Deafness (Ref. HV 2365 .G35 1987)
  • Random House American Sign Language Dictionary (Ref. HV 2475 .C66 1994)


Where to Look for Periodical Articles

Thompson Gale Academic OneFile Database

Academic OneFile is an excellent source for full-text articles.  Start by searching for one or two keywords about your research topic in the advanced search, putting each one in a different search box.  If your search retrieved too many articles, try narrowing your search by adding keywords.  You might want to click the box that limits the search to full-text articles.  Be aware that the way to the full text might involve a few steps.  Just follow the links and ask a librarian if you cannot find the article.


NCLive provides access to more than 60 databases.  Some are general, covering a wide range of material, and some are subject specific.

The EZ search – This searching option, available on the opening screen of NCLive, searches over 30 of NCLive’s databases simultaneously.  Note that on your results screen, you can click the hyperlinked words “full text” by the databases’ names.  This will bring you to the full text articles the search found rather than just abstracts and citations.


Online Periodicals

WPCC provides access to the following online periodicals:

  • Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology
  • Hearing Research
  • Hearing Services in Schools
  • Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
  • Language and Speech
  • Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools
  • Linguistics
  • Sign Systems Studies
  • Technology and Disability



WPCC Print Periodical Subscriptions

The library has a collection of several current periodicals in print. The current issues are located in the Periodical Reading area, and back issues can be obtained by contacting any library staff member. The following relates to the study of religion in particular:


Where to Look on the Internet

Extreme care must be taken when using sources off the World Wide Web for a research paper. Critically evaluate all the sites you are considering, looking for reputable authorship, a date of publication, and authority.

  • National Association of the Deaf
    A website that promotes the rights and needs of the Deaf community.
  • Gallaudet Research Institute
    Gallaudet University website offering current research information on topic concerning deaf people and their families and communities.
  • Handspeak
    Handspeak offers: American Sign Language (ASL), online dictionary, ASL grammar, ASL storytelling and poetry, manual alphabet (fingerspelling)…tutorials and articles by ASL natives.
  • The Deaf Resource Library
    A collection of reference materials and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; includes other Deaf- and hard-of-hearing-related topics.
  • ASLPro
    A completely free online dictionary of over 7200 ASL Signs.
  • Deaf Culture Online
    This website’s primary purpose is to promote deaf culture and covers topics from ASL to dealing with stress.


Putting It All Together

Some instructors specify the format that is expected for research papers submitted to them. Check with your instructor to ensure that you use the correct citation format.

  • Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by the American Psychological Association
  • MLA Style: Documenting Sources on the World Wide Web
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers (Turabian) (Ref. LB 2369 .T8 1996)
    (online Turabian Quick Guide is available here)
  • Concise Rules of APA Style (Ref. BF 7617 .P83 2001)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2010)
  • Concise Rules of APA Style (Ref. BF 76.7 .C66 2005)
  • Online citation guides: APAMLAChicago, and CBE

Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance!

updated 4/30/14