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English & Literature Resources: Reference Works

A subject guide to assist your research of topics in English and Literature assembled and maintained by the English subject specialist librarian.

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The sources listed in Online Reference Sources  provide you with searchable access background information and some criticism from hundreds of sources.

The sources listed in Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Guides in Print are books in you can find in Bird Library.

Online Reference Resources

 

  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
    Define words and trace their development with "the definitive record of the English language" (choose Enter OED Online)

  • Oxford Reference Online
    Full-text of relevant reference books including The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, The Oxford Companion to English Literature, The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English, and A Dictionary of Writers and their Works.

  • Book Review Index
    An index of book reviews, from 1965 to the present, covering literature, fine arts, history and other topics. Relevant indexed titles include American Literature, Classical and Modern Literature: A Quarterly, World Literature Today, and English Literature in Transition 1880-1920.

  • Contemporary Authors
    Biographical and bibliographic information on more than 130,000 active and influential authors. Includes biographical sketches, lists of author's works, and citations for further readings on the authors.  CA is updated bi-weekly with revisions and new entries.

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Select
    Provides entries containing biographical information, critical summaries, excerpts of works, interviews, reviews, and other articles for living and recently deceased novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, and other creative writers. Entries include references for further reading.

  • CREDOreference
    Full-text reference books in the arts, humanities, including A Dictionary of Literary Symbols, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature and many others.

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
    Provides entries containing biographical information, critical summaries, and references for further reading on the work of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, and other creative writers from all eras and genres.

    The Vocabula Review
    A newsletter which "embraces clear, expressive English."

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