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Deaf Culture & ASL: Articles

An introduction to finding resources in the library and online to assist with Deaf Culture & ASL Studies research.

Off-Campus Access

To log in from off-campus, you will need your eServices username (w+student ID) and password. 

Suggested Search Terms


  • American Sign Language
  • ASL
  • Deaf
  • Hearing
  • Sign Language Interpret*

Basic Search Tips


  • Put exact phrases in quotation marks
    • “deaf culture”
    • “sign language interpreting”


  • Put an asterisk (*) at the end of a word to search for all possible endings
    • interpret* will search for interpreter, interpreting, etc.


  • Use operators to link ideas and narrow/broaden your search
    • “american sign language” AND interpreting
    • “deaf” OR “hearing impaired”
    • “sign language” NOT American


The library subscribes to dozens of research databases, many of which contain useful articles about deaf culture and ASL. The following are recommended by the library for these topics. If the full-text of an article that you need is not available, you can request it through interlibrary loan


Scholarly (a.k.a. peer-reviewed or academic) articles are usually published in journals, a type of periodical (meaning it's published on a regular basis). The journals listed below can be found in the databases to the left, but you may want to search for articles in a specific journal.