Subject Guides – English

Subject Guides – English

These are some of the materials that are useful for basic research in English.

Browse the shelves Dictionaries & Encyclopedia
Articles & Databases Criticism
Citation Guides English on the Web

Library Catalogue – Find books at our Library.

The items you need will likely be found in the following area:

PE: English Language
PN: Literature in General
PR: English Literature
PS: American Literature
PS 8001-8599 Canadian Literature
PZ: Children & Young Adult Literature
Articles & Databases
Writing and Citation Guides

MLA Style
Online citation creators
How to cite Canadian Government documents – Queens University

Writing help – Booth University College guide

Fit to Print: the Canadian Student’s Guide to Essay Writing– LB 2369 B83 F588 2004

Literary Criticism

Begin search for works of literary criticism in the above databases. Use the word “criticism” as one of the search terms e.g. Margaret Atwood and handmaid’s tale and criticism.

Do similar searches in the library cataloguefor books with literary criticism.

Gale’s Literary Index
Gale’s Literary Index is a master index to every literary series published by Gale (e.g., Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, etc. – see library catalogue for those available in the library). Searchable by author, title, and nationality.

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature
Contains literary criticism and history of English and American literature. All eighteen volumes of this title are now available online.

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks etc.
17th Century Literature handbook REF PR 71 G76 2011
American Literature in Context after 1929 PS 221 Y36 2011
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations online
Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable online
Canadian Oxford Dictionary REF PE 3235 C36 1998
Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature REF PR 094 2009
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms REF PN 41 B26 2001
English Literature in Context REF PR 83 E64 2008
Golden Bough online
Oxford Dictionary of Phrase & Fable REF PN 43 O94 2006
Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature Legend REF PN 685 L87 2007
Oxford Handbook of English Literature & Theology PR 14 O94 h47 2007
Oxford handbook of Tudor Lilterature 1485-1603 REF PR 413 O94 2009
Routledge Concise history of 19th century Literature PR 451 G89 2011
The Oxford handbook of Early Modern Theatre PN 2589 O94 2009
Cambridge Compaion to British Romantic Poetry PR 590 C34 2008
Bartleby Verse (American and English poetry)
Canadian Poetry Online
The Poetry Archive 
Children’s Literature
Children’s Books and their Creators REF PN 1009 A1 C55 1995
English on the web

General Resources

English Literature: Medieval

English Literature: Early Modern

English Literature: 18th Century

English Literature: Romantic

English Literature: Victorian

English Literature: 20th Century

Canadian Literature

  • Canada’s Early Women Writers. Includes “biographical and publication information for more than 470 women who lived in Canada or wrote about Canada” and published before 1940.
  • Canadian Literature Archive. Information on selected Canadian authors and publications.
  • Canadian Poetry. Produced by the University of Toronto, includes biographies, bibliographies and some fulltext poems of contemporary poets, links to poetry journal Web sites, and links to other Canadian poetry sites.
  • Canadian Poetry Archive. From the National Library. Contains the full text of selected poems from over 100 early English- and French-language Canadian poets from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

American Literature

Australian Literature

Postcolonial Literature


Theses Canada 
Contains full text Canadian theses.