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Subject Guides - English/Literature

Online Reference Sources

  • Literary Reference Center
    Plot summaries and work overviews, author biographies, critical essays, over 630,000 book reviews, plus 90,000 full text poems, short stories and classic texts. Includes the entire Masterplots and Masterplots II series. From EBSCOhost.
  • Bloom's Literary Reference Online
    Author biographies, work overviews, literary criticism essays, literary timeline, plus good coverage of literary themes and movements. From Facts on File.
  • The Oxford Companion to English Literature
    Provides coverage of the classical works of English literature, and of European authors and works that have influenced the development of English literature. Also covers fictional characters, plot summaries, composers and artists, literary and artistic movements, historians, philosophers, and critics, as well as publishing history, literary societies, newspapers and periodicals, critical terms and theory.

Key Databases

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Other Resources

  • CompPile
    Searchable inventory of publications in post-secondary composition, rhetoric, technical writing, ESL, and discourse studies, dating from 1939 to present. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.
  • Language & Linguistic Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
    Database providing indexing and abstracts for international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences.

Additional Sources for Book Reviews

Print Indexes

  • Book Review Digest (1925-2002), REF 016 B64 INDEX*
  • Book Review Index (1965-1991), REF 016 B645 INDEX*
  • Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry in Anthologies, REF 808.81 G758
  • Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections, REF 016.80882 OT8
  • Play Index, REF 016.80882 W35P7 INDEX*
  • Short Story Index, REF 016.8 Sh81 INDEX*

Items marked INDEX* are located on the short shelves at front of Reference Room.

Citing Sources


Books on language and literature have call numbers in the 800's. Reference books are on the main floor in the Reference Room. All other English/literature books are located on the upper floor, left side.


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