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:
|PN:||Literature in General|
|PS 8001-8599||Canadian Literature|
|PZ:||Children & Young Adult Literature|
- Start with these databases:
Academic Search Premier: indexes journals and magazines from all subject areas.
JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive: back issues of important scholarly journals. All full text.
Writing help – Booth University College guide
Fit to Print: the Canadian Student’s Guide to Essay Writing– LB 2369 B83 F588 2004
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.
|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|
|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 Books and their Creators||REF PN 1009 A1 C55 1995|
- Celebration of Women Writers. Includes texts, biographies, portraits.
- gltbq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture. Articles relating to literature and the arts, include bibliographies and related links.
- ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance 1945 to present
Interdisciplinary bibliography of scholarly research on the period from 400 to 1700.
- Inter-Play. Index to plays in collections, anthologies, and periodicals. Includes over 18,000 plays. Produced by the Portland State University Library and includes call numbers for materials in that library. To find local call numbers, check the Primo catalogue.
- Literary Criticism from the Internet Public Library. Search by author or title or browse by period.
- Literary Index. Index to Gale publications, including Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Dictionary of Literary Biography.
- Playdatabase.com. Finding aid for thousands of plays and monologues.
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database, 1878 –. Provides a large number of citations to articles, books, news reports, obituaries, motion picture reviews and other materials about science fiction, fantasy and horror. Includes both scholarly and fan writings.
- Geoffrey Chaucer. Includes a line-by-line translation of The Canterbury Tales and information on Chaucer’s life and times.
- Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies. Scholarly, well-organized site. Includes Old and Middle English texts.
- New Chaucer Society. Includes texts, biographical materials and cultural materials.
- TEAMS Middle English Texts (The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages). Full text of hundreds of works. Includes introductions for each work.
- Rennaissance Materials. Multiple editions of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Sydney, Harrison, Ellis, James I and others’ works; hyperlinks allow comparisons of textual variants.
- English Renaissance in Context. Digitized texts and tutorials.
- Luminarium: Middle English, Renaissance and early 17th Century Literature. Includes texts, biographies, essays, sources.
- The Shakespeare Quartos Archive. A digital collection of pre-1642 editions of Shakespeare’s plays.
- Treasures in Full: Shakespeare in Quarto. Compares the British Library’s quarto editions.
- Eighteenth-Century Resources–Literature. Includes a large collection of links to e-texts, searchable by author’s name.
- Eighteenth-Century Collections Online . Collection of 18th-century works from the perspectives of literary and cultural studies. Includes novels, plays, poems, memoirs, and treatises.
- British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832. Full texts of poetry by selected British and Irish women writers.
- Romantic Circles includes links to texts, publications, conferences. Scholarly and well-organized.
- Victorian Literary Studies Archive: Hyper-Concordance. Concordances to the works of more than 100 authors.
- Victorian Web. Literature, philosophy, politics, science, art…
- Victorian Women Writers Project. Well-organized, growing collection of primary sources.
- Electronic Poetry Center. Texts and biographies of experimental and innovative poets.
- Literary Resources — Twentieth-Century British and Irish. Links to general resources and resources for specific authors.
- Modernist Journals Project. Selection of full-text journals, books and essays along with visual art from the early 20th century.
- 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.
- African American Women Writers of the 19th Century. Several dozen full text works, including essays, fiction and poetry.
- Academy of American Poets. Information about all Academy members. Includes biographies, news of performances, multimedia content, and links to related sites.
- American Verse Project. A growing archive of American poetry written prior to 1920.
- American Authors on the Web. Links to biographical information and some full texts of works. Arranged chronologically.
- Mark Twain in his Times. How Twain’s works were created, marketed, performed, reviewed.
- PAL: Perspectives in American Literature. Covers periods, themes and authors.
- Storytellers: Native American authors online. Authors listed alphabetically and by tribe.
- Australian Literary and Historical Texts. A collection of eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth century texts.
- Postcolonial Studies (Emory University). Includes biographical and bibliographical information on authors and theorists
Contains full text Canadian theses.