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Guide to MLA Style (7th ed.)
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.
(REF 808.027 G35M)

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Writing a Research Paper (Purdue Online Writing Lab)

Research Guide for English/Literature

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  • Literature Resource Center
    Author biographies from Contemporary Authors and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Literary criticism essays from Contemporary Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Over 650,000 full text articles and 30,000 full text poems, short stories and plays.

Literary Themes for Students, REF 809.93358 L776 Literature and Its Times: profiles of 300 notable literary works and the historical events that influenced them, 1997, REF 809.93358 L712 Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States, 1995, REF 810.992 Ox2 Multicultural Films: A Reference Guide, 2005, REF 016.79143 W458 Encyclopedia of Rhetoric, 2001, REF 808.003 En19


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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.

Other Useful Databases

  • 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.
  • Omnifile Full Text Mega
    Multidisciplinary database offering full text for 2300 journals and magazines. Strong coverage in the humanities.
  • ProQuest Research Library and GenderWatch
    Combined search of ProQuest's general full text database (Research Library) and its gender and women's studies database (GenderWatch).
  • 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.
  • ARTstor
    Searchable database of images, including portraits and photographs of authors, artistic interpretations of literary themes and characters. See ARTstor Resources in Literary Studies for more information.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
    Over 750,000 downloadable full text dissertations and theses, covering a wide range of graduate research topics, including literature and composition.


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.

Suggested Websites

Reference Sites

Oxford English Dictionary
Biography Reference Center
CQ Researcher
Points of View Reference Center
Gale Virtual Reference Library


Writing the Academic Paper
Writing About Literature
Plagiarism Tutorial
What is Plagiarism? Video


Common Errors in English Usage
Grammar Rules


Cambridge History of English and American Literature
Online Medieval & Classical Library
Luminarium Anthology of English Literature


Shakespeare for Students
Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Mr. William Shakespeare
The Elizabethan Review
Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespeare Web


EServer Drama Collection
Find a Play
Plays & Playwrights Database

Film Studies

Film Literature Index
Based on the Book
Internet Movie Database
Movie Review Query Engine

Fiction Discovery

Fiction Connection
NoveList Plus


Poetry Links from Newark Public Library

Audio Readings

Internet Archive: Audio
Lit2Go: MP3 Stories & Poems