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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 (Facts on File)
    Includes thousands of critical essays and discussion questions, plus author biographies and character analyses, full-length poems, the full text of hundreds of reference books, full-length videos of classic plays and films, and more.
  • 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

  • Humanities Full Text (H.W. Wilson)
    200 full-text journals and magazines with 160 active full-text peer-reviewed journals covering all key fields of the humanities, including literature and language, as well as art, classical studies, dance, film, journalism, philosophy, religion and more.
  • Humanities Source
    For researchers interested in all aspects of the humanities including the arts, history, communications, culture, literature and philosophy. Over 1,100 active full-text journals and magazines with 930 active full-text peer-reviewed journals.
  • ProQuest Research Library: Literature & Language
    Database that covers publications on literature and language for researchers of all levels.

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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.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: Literature & Language
    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

  • Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry in Anthologies, REF 808.81 G758
  • Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections, REF 016.80882 OT8

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.