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Literary Studies Quick Start Guide

Selected Secondary Electronic Resources

MLA Bibliography
The most comprehensive listing of scholarly books and articles on literary studies.

Literature Online (LION)
Over 350,000 fully searchable, full-text works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 180 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources. Also Includes MLA and ABELL indexes.

Specific literature collections within LION, such as African American Poetry or Nineteenth-Century Fiction, can also be searched individually. For a list of collections, see Chadwyck-Healey Individual Literature Collections.

Project Muse Search
Provides full-text access to over 300 humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers.

Archives and provides full-text access to back issues of participating journals, including fifty-eight titles in the Language & Literature Collection.

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
240 entries on critics and theorists, critical schools, and movements.

Biography Resource Center
Useful for locating biographical and critical information on contemporary literary figures.

Book Review Index
Includes over five million review citations from 1965 to the present.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Includes biographies of literary and historical figures from the British Isles.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online Edition
Useful for tracing the etymology and history of a word. Also provides examples of word usage in literature.

Primary Full-Text Electronic Resources

See the following pages for a complete list of primary full-text resources:

American Literary Studies: Electronic Primary Resources

British and Commonwealth Literary Studies: Electronic Primary Resources


Selected Primary Full-Text Electronic Resources

Early English Books Online (EEBO)
125,000 titles from 1479 –1700 in facsimile.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online
150,000 books published in English between 1701 and 1800 in facsimile.

Historical Newspapers
Provides full-text access to historical American newspapers in facsimile.

New York Times Historical
Provides full-text access to the New York Times from 1851 to 2003.

Times Literary Supplement Centenary Archive
A searchable full-text facsimile image database of the TLS from its first publication in 1902 until 1990.

Selected Print Resources

Atlas of Literature (Green Library Information Center PN164 .A85 1996 Bradbury, Malcolm)

Black Literature Criticism (Green Library Information Center PS153 .N5 B556 1992 V.1-3)

Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (Green Library Information Center PN43 .B64 2000)

Contemporary Dramatists (Green Library Information Center PR737 .C57 1999)

Contemporary Novelists (Green Library Information Center PR883 .C64 1991)

Contemporary Poets (Green Library Information Center PR603 .C6 1991)

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (Green Library Information Center PN1008.5 .C66 2001)

Dictionary of Literary Biography (Green Library Information Center PS129 .D52)
A multi-volume series organized by topic, period, or genre.

Dictionary of Poetic Terms (Green Library Information Center PN1042 .M93 2003, Myers, Jack Elliott)

Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature (Green Library Information Center PN849 .C3 E53 2006 V.1-2)

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (Green Library Information Center PN3435 .C55 1997B)

Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature (Green Library Information Center PQ7081 .A1 E53 1997)

Encyclopedia of the Novel (Green Library Information Center PN41 .E487 1998 V.1-2)

Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English (Green Library HASRC Lane Room PR9080 .A52 E53 2005 V.1-3)

Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century (Green Library Information Center PN771 .E5 1999 V.1-4)

Feminism in Literature (Green Library Information Center PN471 .F43 2005 V.1-6)

Gay & Lesbian Literature (Green Library Information Center PN56 .H57 G36 1994 V.1-2)

A Glossary of Literary Terms (Green Library Information Center PN41 .A184 2005, Abrams, M. H.)

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature (Green Library HASRC Lane Room PS153 .M56 G74 2005 V.1-6)

Literary Research Guide: An Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies (Green Library Information Center Z2011 .H34 1998 Harner, James L.)

The New York Times Film Reviews (Green Library Information Center PN1995.N4 F V.1-6; PN1995. N42 F 1969-2000)

The New York Times Theater Reviews (Green Library Information Center PN1581.N4 V.1-10; PN1581.N4 V.1-10; PN1581 .N42 1971-2000)

Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (Green Library Information Center PR2892 .O94 2001)

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (Green Library Information Center PN6080 .O95 2004)

Reader's Guide to Twentieth-Century Science Fiction (Green Library Information Center PN 3433.8 .R44 1989)

A Research Guide for Undergraduate Students: English and American Literature (Green Library Information Center PR56 .B34 2006 Baker, Nancy L.)

Shakespearean Criticism (Cumulative Index) (Green Library Information Center PR2965 .S43 1984 V.93)

The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (Green Library Information Center PN2189 .W7 1994 V.1-6)

Tip: To locate other reference books (i.e. bibliographies, encyclopedias, dictionaries) about a specific topic, select Combined Search in Socrates, enter a search term in the Everything or Subject field, and select Green–Information Center [IC] or Green–Humanities and Area Studies Resource Center in the Green location field. For example, a subject search for African American Literature in the IC retrieves over 30 titles, such as African American Writers: A Dictionary, The Oxford Companion to African American Literature, and A Bibliographical Guide to African American Women Writers.

Style Guides

The Chicago Manual of Style (Green Library Information Center: Ready Reference Z253 .U69 2003)

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (Green Library Information Center: Ready Reference PN147.G444 1998)

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Green Library Information Center BF76.7 .P83 2001)


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