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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 learning how to cite sources and managing your own citation database to quickly building bibliographies. UIC Library provides access RefWorks for this purpose.