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Need to develop your idea?
If you are just starting your research, you may need to develop your topic further. Ask yourself:
- What do I already know?
- What do I need to know?
As you consider these questions, take a look at a few of our reference resources for general, background information about your topic. The information you find in these resources will help you determine what you need to know, what search terms or keywords to use, an what, exactly, it is that you hope to discover through your research.
Platform for electronic reference books. Titles are added as they are purchased.
Full-text online versions of hundreds of top quality reference books in all major subjects.
The Oxford companion to American literature by
Call Number: REF PS 21 .H37 O94 1995
Publication Date: 1995
For the sixth edition, James D. Hart and Phillip Leininger have updated this companion in light of what has happened in American literature since 1982.
How to use this guide
This guide contains suggested resources and how-to tutorials to guide you through researching in the field of English. On this main page you'll find some databases and websites that we suggest you use for English research. If you are still developing your topic, consider finding inspiration in the resources provided in the "Need to develop your idea?" box.
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Find Literary Criticism
Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics
Literary analysis of major authors, periods, genres, and literary works, written by experts.
Books, journals, and essays covering biographical, critical, and contextual information on authors and their works.
Humanities International Complete
Journals, books, and other published sources with worldwide content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought.
Index to the works published by Gale: Drama Criticism, TCLC, Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Poetry Criticism.
Literature Criticism Online
Full-text online versions of the Poetry Criticism and Short Story Criticism series.
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Archive of journal issues as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. NOT CURRENT; there is a 1- to 5-year gap between the newest journal issue and the content available in JSTOR.
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Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Over 14,000 pro/con viewpoint essays, 5,000 topic overviews, 5 million periodical articles, nearly 6,000 statistical tables, charts and graphs, and thousands of podcasts on today's most contentious social issues.
Poetry Recitation and Translation
IPA Source contains a collection of International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions and English translations of poems and Latin texts. Browse by resource type or poet, or search for translations and transcriptions using the search box at the top of the webpage. Learn correct pronunciation and the emotional meaning of non-English poetry.
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