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General Research
Literary Reference Center
Information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. more information

MLA International Bibliography
Index to books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. more information

Humanities International Complete
Index and abstracts for journals, books and other important reference sources in the humanities. This database provides citations and abstracts for articles, essays and reviews, as well as original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations. more information

Arts and Humanities Citation Index (ISI Web of Science)
Index and cited references for articles in the arts and humanities. more information

American Literature
Bibliography of American Literature
A comprehensive bibliographic guide, providing nearly 40,000 records of the literary works of approximately 300 American writers from the American Revolution to 1930. more information

Early American Fiction
440 novels and short stories of 80 American writers, 1774-1850. more information

British Literature
Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature 1920-1997
Index to books, articles, reviews, collections, and dissertations in English studies. more information

Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare
Full text of 11 major editions of Shakespeare's works, and related works. more information

Eighteenth Century Fiction
Full text of 96 works of prose fiction written in the British Isles, 1700-1780. more information

English Prose Drama
Full text of over 1800 plays written in prose for the stage, from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. more information

English Verse Drama
Full text of over 2200 works of poetry intended for the stage. more information

William Butler Yeats Collection
The complete work of William Butler Yeats. more information

Poetry
African-American Poetry 1760-1900
3000 poems by African-American poets in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. more information

20th Century African-American Poetry
12,000 poems and with biographical profiles by more than 100 African-American poets. more information

American Poetry 1600-1900
40,000 poems of American writers from the 17th to the early 20th century. more information

20th Century American Poetry
Over 52,000 works from more than 316 poets. more information

English Poetry 600-1900
More than 175,000 poems by over 1,400 poets from British Commonwealth and ex-colonial countries, 600-1900. more information

20th Century English Poetry
Over 44,000 poems by 288 poets. more information

Reference Books
Criticism Reference
Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism (NCLC) (REF PN 761. N5)
Multi-volume resource containing literary criticism about authors who died between 1800 and 1899. For each author, there is biographical information (including major works) and criticisms that have been written about that author’s works. Every fourth volume focuses on various literary topics, such as anti-apartheid literature, the new humanists, etc. Cumulative author, nationality, title, and topic indexes. (Writers may appear in more than one volume)

Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism (TCLC) (REF PN 94. T83)

Multi-volume resource containing literary criticism about authors who died between 1900 and 1999. For each author, there is biographical information (including major works) and criticisms that have been written about that author’s works. Every fourth volume focuses on various literary topics, such as anti-apartheid literature, the new humanists, etc. Cumulative author, nationality, title, and topic indexes. (Writers may appear in more than one volume)

Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) (REF PN 771. C59)
Multi-volume resource containing literary criticisms about authors who died in 2000 or later or who are still living. For each author, there is biographical information (including major works) and criticisms that have been written about that author’s works. Cumulative author, nationality, and topic indexes. (Writers may appear in more than one volume)

Shakespearean Criticism (SC) (REF PF 2965. S43)
Multi-volume resource providing literary criticism on Shakespeare’s plays, poetry, costume and set design, and the authorship controversy.

Literature Reference
African-American Writers: A Dictionary
This biographical dictionary profiles famous and less famous African American writers.

Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature (REF PN 41. E48 1998)
Contains information on concepts dealing with the relationship between folklore and literature. Entries are devoted to writers, works of literature, concepts, themes, characters, and scholars of written folklore. Entries are signed and have lists of references.

Literature and Science: Social Impact and Interaction
This reference work profiles how authors from the medieval period to the 20th Century have explored and linked science in their writing.

Magill’s Literary Annual (REF PN 44. M332 1977 to 2003)
Yearly two-volume publication containing essay-reviews of 200 books published in the United States. Each review contains information, such as the book’s author, publisher, the type of work, locale, and more. Each review is signed and contains sources of further study that point the reader to other reviews written about that book.

Native American Literatures: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes
This encyclopedia provide insight into Native American authors and their works.

Oxford Reference, Literature
Full text reference books on Literature. Titles include: The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature, The Oxford Companion to American Literature, The Concise Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature, The Oxford Companion to English Literature,
The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, A Dictionary of Shakespeare, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, and, A Dictionary of Writers and their Works. more information

Popular Tales and Fictions: Their Migrations and Transformations
Seminal work by W. A. Clouston covering the origins and variations of the world's most popular folk tales.

Short Story Index (REF PN 3373. Z99 C6)
Multi-volume resource indexing short stories published from 1900 to the present. You can search by author, title, and subject. Author entries tell you where the story can be found.

Poetry Reference
The Longman Dictionary of Poetic Terms (REF PN 1042. M94)
Defines a wide variety of poetic terms.

The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (REF PN 1021. N39 1993)
Covers information pertaining to many aspects of poetry, including poetic forms, genres, major schools of poetry, movements, literary theory, and more.

The Columbia Granger’s Index to Poetry in Anthologies (REF PN 4321. G8)
Provides a means by which to located poetry that has been published in anthologies. You can search by title, first line, last line, author, or subject.

Last Lines: An Index to the Last Lines of Poetry (REF PN 1022. K55)
Two-volume resource which helps you to locate poems when you only know the last line. Covers approximately 171,000 poems. Volume 1 contains the index of last lines and the title index. Volume 2 contains the author index and the keyword index.

General English Reference
Oxford English Dictionary
Full text historical dictionary of the English language. more information

Oxford Reference, English Dictionaries and Thesauruses
Full text English language dictionaries and thesauruses. Titles include: The New Oxford American Dictionary, The Oxford American Dictionary of Current English, The Concise Oxford English Dictionary, The Oxford Dictionary of English, The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English, and The Oxford Paperback Thesaurus. more information

Oxford Reference, English Language
Full text reference books on the English language. Titles include: International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, The Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar, Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language, A New Dictionary of Eponyms, The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English, The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics, The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style, and the Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage. more information off-campus access

Oxford Reference, Quotations
Full text dictionaries of quotations. Titles include: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, and The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations. more information

Journals
Current Print Titles
American literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism and Bibliography
Antioch Review
College English
English Journal
Field
Hudson Review
Kenyon Review
Language Arts
Midwest Quarterly
Modern Fiction Studies
Modern Language Review
New England Quarterly
PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association
Poetry
Poets & Writers Magazine
Sewanee Review
Shenandoah
Southern Review
Virginia Quarterly Review
Voices from the Middle
Writer

Full Text Titles in the Electronic Journal Center
Humanities title list
Language and literature title list

Web Sites
American Heritage® Book of English Usage
With a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms, this valuable reference work is ideal for students, writers, academicians and anybody concerned about proper writing style.

English Literature on the Web
This is an index of web pages devoted to several hundred English and Irish Authors and arranged chronological by author's birth starting from 500 A.D. to the present. This list is preceded by current submissions of English and Irish author related sites.

Literary Resources on the Net
This set of pages is a collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature, excluding most single electronic texts, and is limited to collections of information useful to academics — I've excluded most poetry journals, for instance.

Luminarium
For dozens, if not hundreds of major writers, poets and important English literary figures, who lived and worked in the 17th century or in the Renaissance or Medieval periods, you will find the following types of information: Quotes; Biographical Information; Indexes/Access to digitized full-text works; a number of works rendered in audio; relevant Essays/Articles (about or by); relevant Images; and Additional Resources.

On-line Writing Lab at Purdue University
Excellent resource for topics such as commas, resumes, formats (such as MLA or APA) for citing sources, non-sexist language, and other information about writing well. You can also find useful links to sources of information for your research papers and other writing.

Other Women's Voices
Contains full text and excerpts from over 125 women writers who wrote before 1700 A.D. in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Poetry Archive
Archive of audio recordings containing poets reading their own work.

Poets.org
Excellent poetry resource containing hundreds of essays relating to poetry, biographies of more than 500 poets, nearly 2000 poems, and over 150 audio clips of poems.

Shakespeare Searched
Search engine that allows you to quickly find words in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

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