Pathfinder: Sign Language Interpretation Resources



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

Clip art of two individuals using sign languageUse 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

Clip art demonstrating different signs for lettersAcademic 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.

You can search by articles, videos, ebooks, etc. available on the opening screen of NCLive, searches over 60 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.


WPCC Print Periodical Subscriptions

The current issues of these magazines are located in the Periodical Reading area and are shelved by title in alphabetical order.  Back issues can be obtained by contacting any library staff member.


Online Periodicals

WPCC provides access to the following online periodicals:



Where to Look on the Internet

Several specific sites are:

  • 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.

  • MLA Style: Documenting Sources on the World Wide Web
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Thesis, and Dissertations (Turabian) (Ref. LB 2369 .T8 1996)
    (online Turabian Quick Guide is available here)
  • Concise Rules of APA Syle (Ref. BF 7617 .C66 2005)
  • MLA Handbook (8th Edition) (Ref. LB 2369 .G53 2016)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition) (Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2010)
  • Other citation styles can be reviewed online at the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).


Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance!

updated 10/2017

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