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English Literature Research Guide: Getting Started

This is a general overview of the resources available in the subject area.

Literary Encyclopedias and Guides

The Cambridge History of American Literature
Also in print at Woodruff Library Reference Collection (Ref Col) PS92 .C34 1994-2005

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
Ref Col PN81 .J554 2005

Literary Research Guide: An Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies
Ref Col Z2011 .H34 2008

The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature
Ref Col PR19 .O95 2006

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Good Places to Start

MLA International Bibliography
Produced by the Modern Language Association, this database indexes critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Coverage includes journals, series, monographs, dissertations, bibliographies, proceedings, and other materials.

Literature Online (LION)
A fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose from the 7th century to the present, plus biographies, bibliographies and key criticism and reference resources.

ProQuest Databases
Covers ten categories, which can be searched individually or simultaneously, including Arts, Dissertations and Theses, History, Literature & Language, News & Newspapers, and Social Sciences.


MLA Style Center and Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Modern Language Association guide to researching, writing, and properly citing research. See also the physical copy at Woodruff Library (LB2369 .G53 2009).

Oxford English Dictionary Online
The authoritative descriptive dictionary of the English Language with the history and usage of words.

Voice of the Shuttle - Literature in English
A collections of links to sites of literary study, includes journal listings, digital projects, literature programs, and reference materials.

The Chicago Manual of Style
Print also available: Woodruff Library Reference Collection
or 2nd Floor (Z253 .U69 2010)

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online includes the complete encyclopedia (articles and illustrations), as well as the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the Britannica Book of the Year. 


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