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Applied Language Studies & Linguistics

Tribute to Dr Ranginui Walker (1932-2016)

AMPT would like to share our condolences with our viewers at the passing of Ranginui Walker.

Semester 2 General Library tours

Want to find out more about the General Library and how it can support your study?

Come along to a General Library tour during week 1.

Māori newspapers in Papers Past

Historic Māori newspapers have been added to the National Library’s Papers Past in time for Matariki.

Explore Samoan language and culture

It’s Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa!

There's plenty of events to attend and library resources to explore to join the annual event's celebrations.

General Library tours

Want to find out more about the General Library and how it can support your study?

Come along to a General Library tour during week 1.

Updates to Papers Past

The latest update to Papers Past includes content from three South Island newspapers made available online through the National Library’s collaborative digitisation programme.

Updated historical newspaper collections

The Library recently updated its collection of historical newspaper databases.

Book Citation Index now available through Web of Science

Web of Science has recently been enhanced with the addition of Book Citation Index (BKCI) to the core collection.

New Catalogue features help to improve searching

A recent upgrade to the Catalogue provides new features to enhance your searching experience.

Gale NewsVault: Explore the past through historical newspapers

Looking to search across a wide range of historical newspapers? Try Gale NewsVault.

Open Access Week starts next Monday

From 21-27 October, the University of Auckland celebrates Open Access Week. As part of the week’s events, the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Matt McGregor will be presenting a session on Tuesday from 1-2pm, titled "From Open Access to Open Licensing: Copyright, Creative Commons and Scholarly Publishing".

Project MUSE releases new Advanced Search features

Project MUSE has introduced a new Advanced Search interface, offering users the ability to create detailed yet focused search queries to locate relevant scholarly content.

PressDisplay: online newspapers with a difference

Want to see the NZ Herald’s editorial and letters page from last Monday?

Visit PressDisplay, providing online access to a wealth of national and international newspaper and magazine titles.

Martin Luther King, Jr's I Have a Dream: 50 years on

On this day in 1963, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech to over 250,000 civil rights supporters during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Library has a great number of resources covering Dr King, his actions and continuing influence.

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah at 2013 Robb Lectures

World renowned philosopher Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah is this year’s guest speaker at the University of Auckland's Sir Douglas Robb Lectures.

Libraries and Learning Services survey

We would appreciate your feedback about Libraries and Learning Services. Fill in a short survey and enter the draw for one of two 32GB Microsoft Surface RT with type keyboard cover. Survey closes 30 August 2013.

General Library tours: all welcome!

Feeling lost? Let's change that!

We are offering tours through the General Library during the first week of Semester 2.

Chinese Thread-Bound Books exhibition

An exhibition of Chinese thread-bound books is currently on display in the General Library foyer, showcasing some of the rare materials held in the Asian Languages Collection.

Explore LGBT Thought and Culture

Explore the Library’s new database LGBT Thought and Culture which contains a wide range of material documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political, social and cultural movements throughout the 20th Century until today.

LGBT Thought and Culture now available

The Library now has ongoing access to the database LGBT Thought and Culture, a searchable full text collection holding an extensive selection of material documenting LGBT political, social and cultural movements throughout the 20th Century until present day.

Oxford Bibliographies Online - new modules added

Looking for in-depth and authoritative research guides on a range of subjects?

Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) will help you locate reliable information sources quickly, with access to articles, annotated bibliographies, and expert commentary on key topics and concepts.

A number of new modules are now available from OBO, doubling the previous range of subject areas covered.

Daily Mail Historical Archive

Until 31 July 2013, the Library has trial access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive. Covering the period from the newspaper’s inception in 1896 until 2004, the online archive offers facsimile copies of each issue and is fully searchable.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

The Library now has trial access to a number of modules from Nineteenth Century Collections Online, a fully searchable archive of rare and important primary sources chosen by experts and sourced from the world’s leading libraries.

Albert Wendt honoured

Emeritus Professor of English Albert Wendt was appointed a member of the Order of New Zealand in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Anita Desai - an artist's appearance

Celebrated writer Anita Desai was recently in New Zealand for the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. During her stay she visited the University of Auckland to spend time with the Master of Creative Writing students from the Department of English.

Chinese Studies added to Oxford Bibliographies Online

The Chinese Studies module is now available from Oxford Bibliographies Online, providing an authoritative guide to key works in the study of China across all disciplines.

Naked Statistics

Looking for a fun and simple guide to statistics? This is the book for you!

Charles Wheelan, Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, New York: Norton, 2013.

Can't find items on your reading list?

This new online tutorial will help you identify and locate books, book chapters, and journal articles. You can test yourself to check your knowledge.

How to Not Write Bad

Ben Yagoda says that teaching students to write well may be too ambitious a goal. Instead he aims to improve your writing by eliminating those common errors such as spelling mistakes, poorly chosen words, and train-wreck punctuation. In his book How to Not Write Bad you’ll find lots of helpful advice.

How to Write a Lot

Motivational books are not usually found in university libraries, but one that seems appropriate is How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Academic Writing. Psychologist Paul Silvia discusses specious barriers to writing (can't find the time... need to do more research first... need a better computer... or just waiting for inspiration), and offers motivational tools and practical suggestions for overcoming them.

Audiovisual Library tours

Do you need to access films and other audiovisual material from the Library collections? Come to the Audiovisual Library and join a 10 minutes tour!

General Library Tours

Lost? It does not have to be this way. We are offering tours through the General Library during the first two weeks of Semester 1.

Resilience: Japan and New Zealand moving forward

The New Zealand Asia Institute, the Waseda Institute for New Zealand Studies, and the Japan Society for New Zealand Studies are hosting a conference to mark the sixtieth anniversary of New Zealand-Japan diplomatic and economic relations.

Audio Drama - new video online tutorials

Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection provides access to over 300 dramatic works in streaming audio from the curated archive of the United States' premiere radio theatre company.

The beauty of Penguins

The merger of Penguin Books and German-owned Random House has received much media attention in October. In a recent Guardian article, Oliver Wainwright muses about the beauty of Penguin Books.

British Academy Publications Online

The Library provides access to a new database, the British Academy Publications Online (BAPO). BAPO is a collection of academic monographs and edited volumes from the distinguished British Academy list, made available by Oxford University Press.

Online crowdsourcing @ OED

The Oxford English Dictionary has recently announced the launch of the OED Appeals, an online initiative to collaboratively trace the history of English words.

Our Scholarship System is Broken. Can Open Access Fix It?

Come and hear from Associate Professor Alex Holcombe, from the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, about Open Access and the academic community. His seminar is entitled “Our Scholarship System is Broken. Can Open Access Fix It?”

Undergraduate Research Skills for Faculty of Arts

Would you like some support with your first essay assignments?

Explore our history in Papers Past

Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. Latest additions to Papers Past include the New Zealand Herald (1863-1884).

Hika Lite - the mobile app to celebrate Māori Language Week 2012

Hika Lite is a te reo Māori learning application for mobile phones, released in partnership with Vodafone NZ for Māori Language Week. It is available as free download for both iPhone and Android mobile.

Student internet monthly data allowance is now 10GB!!

From Monday, 16 July 2012 the internet data allowance for ALL students will increase to 10GB per month.

For more information go to:

New journals available at JSTOR

The Library has new subscriptions for a number of journals that are now available through the database JSTOR.

Linguistics Abstracts Online

The Library now subscribes to Linguistics Abstracts Online, an online indexing and abstracting service that provides more than 72.000 entries from over 600 linguistics journals published since 1985.

New modules for Oxford Bibliographies Online

The Library has trial access to new modules for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Anthropology, Linguistics, Political Science, and Sociology. The trial runs until 17 June 2012.

Asian Database Week

The Asian Languages Collection team offers workshops to all students who would like to learn about the Library databases that can help with research on China, Japan and Korea.

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival coming soon!

In less than two weeks New Zealand's largest literary festival will turn Auckland again into a vibrant meeting point for acclaimed writers, readers and thinkers.

Targeted Learning Sessions - new dates

The Arts Information Services team is offering again Targeted Learning Sessions to Arts students in the General Library.

Sustainable eResources

Reading ejournals instead of print journals certainly saves a lot of trees, but what about other environmental effects?

Student Internet data allowance increase!

From 16th March 2012 the monthly student Internet data allowance will double to 400MBs for undergraduates and to 800MBs for postgrad students.

How to cite a tattoo

The Chicago Manual of Style Online is a tremendously useful guide to citations and writing style. An interesting, amusing, and occasionally helpful feature is the monthly Q&A section.

Undergraduate research skills workshop

The Arts Information Services team is offering 10 sessions of the undergraduate research skills workshop to Arts students. Book on the Library website under Library workshops, or ask a librarian at the Enquiry Desk in the Genral Library for assistance.

Google Scholar Citations open to all

In July 2011 Google Scholar introduced with Google Scholar Citations a simple way for authors to compute their citation metrics and track them over time. This service has now been made available to everyone.

Open Access - Practical Tips for Authors

The following tips may be useful to all researchers interested in Open Access publishing.


OAIster is a union catalogue of millions of digital resources. The freely available and easy to search database can be accessed from this WorldCat web page.

Directory of Open Access Journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is the port of call for all researchers, authors, publishers, librarians, and readers interested in free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

What is Open Access?

Open Access stands for toll-free online access to scientific and scholarly literature with the aim of ensuring maximum dissemination and rapid availability of research.

Open Access Week 2011

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fifth year, is taking place from 24 to 30 October 2011. The Library is hosting three events for University of Auckland staff and postgraduates.

Open Access Week 2011 is coming!

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fifth year, is taking place from 24 to 30 October 2011. The Library is hosting three events for University of Auckland staff and postgraduates.

Index New Zealand Survey

Users of Index New Zealand are asked to provide feedback on additional search limit options.

Participate in the survey - and go in the draw to win a $50 voucher by submitting your feedback!

Penguin Classics @ Literature Online

Literature Online, a desk-top library that provides access to primary and secondary literature, added nearly 400 volumes with more than 1000 individual works from the Penguin Classics series to its collections.

Update: Underground and Independent Comics - Alexander Street Press

The Underground & Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels collection from Alexander Street Press was updated with 9,113 pages, bringing the total up to 88,445 pages on the life site. A list of the new content can be found on the What's New page.

Applied Language Studies and Linguistics: New journals

Three newly published journals of interest to Applied Language Studies and Linguistics are available in the Library.

Arts Information Services on Facebook

Arts Information Services has a  NEW Facebook Page!

Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature

The Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature has recently joined Project MUSE and is now online.

YCGL is dedicated to the publication of theoretically informed research in literary studies with a comparative, intercultural, or interdisciplinary emphasis.

JSTOR gets current in 2011!

The current issues of 174 journals will be available on the JSTOR platform from January 2011.

Other new features include new content formats, multimedia files, journal-related news and information and new personalization features.

Linguistics Abstracts Online - 30 day trial

The Library currently has trial access to Linguistics Abstracts Online.

The database contains more than 63,000 abstracts from over 600 linguistics journals published since 1985. The trial will run for 30 days, until approximately 12 September, 2010.

Claude Levi Strauss dies

The French intellectual, Claude Levi Strauss, has died at the age of 100.

Library Customer Satisfaction Survey

Complete the Library's Customer Satisfaction Survey before the 28th of August and go in the draw to win a 120GB Apple iPod Classic.


The University of Auckland Library has launched LibrarySearch, the pilot version of a new search environment that simplifies and enhances access to the Library's resources, and which more closely matches current user expectations of web searching. University staff and students are invited to try out the new environment and give us feedback.

RAL-e: Research in Anthropology and Linguistics-e

RAL is a refereed series dedicated to the five subfields of Anthropology (Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Linguistics and Social Anthropology) with a regional focus on New Zealand, the Pacific, and Australasia.