Starting with a subject encyclopedia is a great way to learn the main outlines of your topic and help you to focus your research question.
Search these library databases for scholarly articles on topics of interest in the study of linguistics. These are only starting points -- Ask a Librarian if you do not find exactly what you need.
There are many tools that support managing your own citation database and quickly building bibliographies. UIC Library provides RefWorks for this purpose. For more on RefWorks and other options, see the RefWorks research guide.