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American Sign Language: Books/E-Books

This guide will cover research resources for American Sign Language (ASL) in reference books and e-books, books, journal articles, and Web resources

Books and eBooks in the OSU Library

Finding Books on American Sign Language

Books on American Sign Language (ASL) are mostly found on the 4th floor of the Edmon Low Library in the 419 call # range.  Some of the relevant subject headings (which can be used in keyword searches) include

  • Sign language
  • Deaf--Means of communication
  • Finger spelling
  • Interpreters for the deaf
  • Lipreading

Other books on linguistics and language are in the 400s.  Books on deaf education are in the 371.9 call number range.  There are other areas for books on different aspects of deaf culture in the sociology section (300s), social issues section (360s), and psychology section (150s).

Gallaudet University Press publishes many books on ASL and other aspects of deaf culture, so you could use Gallaudet as a keyword to find their titles.

WorldCat (for books or media, not articles) is a catalog database of library holdings worldwide.  Use it to search for books NOT necessarily at the OSU Library.  Use the "Borrow from another library" link when viewing a book/media record to access the Interlibary Services loan form to request the book from other libraries; that service is free to OSU students, faculty, and staff, but the other library determines how long you can keep the item.