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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.
  • Archetypes and Motifs in Folklore and Literature
    The reference provides a detailed analysis of the most common archetypes or motifs found in the folklore and literature of selected communities around the world. Each entry is written by a noted authority in the field, and includes accompanying reference citations.

Key Databases

Streaming Video

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
  • Book Review Index (1965-1991), REF 016 B645
  • 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
  • Short Story Index, REF 016.8 Sh81*

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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