TESOL Research Guide

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This guide will point you to many of the library's resources in TESOL and will link you to additional resources. If you need help with your research, ask a librarian. 



Search library databases for journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, case studies, editorials, reports, reviews, and other documents. The following databases are recommended for research in TESOL. 

To Select the database(s) most suited to your needs, click on DatabaseInfoIcon for more information about each database. 

Most Frequently Used Databases in TESOL

Additional databases are available. Visit our Education databases web page.

Or choose other databases from the Library's Databases page

Help Using the Databases 

TESOL Books & Reference: Select Works

Library Catalogs

Where to Browse in the Library

Print materials can be found in ODU Library's Reference Stacks Main Stacks in the following ranges of the Dewey Decimal System

  • 370 (education)
  • 420 (language)
  • 428 (esl)

For curriculum materials, visit the Curriculum Resources room or search in the ODU Library Catalog or OhioLINK Library Catalog. Sample searches: 

  • (tesol or tsl or esl or efl) and grammar 
  • (tesol or tsl or esl or efl) and lesson* 
  • (tesol or tsl or esl or efl) and activities
  • (esl or efl) and curriculum

 Below are select reference works. To search for books, search in the ODU Library Catalog and OhioLINK Library Catalog.

Need help searching in our library catalogs? View our online tutorial. 
View additional guides and tutorials to our library catalogs.



Web Sites

Visit the following sites for authoritative information on organizations, institutions, lesson plans, activities, and online journals.

Associations, Organizations, and Institutions

ESL and TESOL Sites


Lesson Plans, Activities, and other Teaching Resources

Online Journals & Resources for Research and Teaching

 Past last updated: 07 October 2015 | ODU Library Reference Services 
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