Literature and Writing Resource Guide
Library of Congress Class
**The library has a large language and literature section. The following list shows some specific subject areas and, for most, a representative title.**
Children’s books and authors
The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature -- REF PN 1008.5.C66 2001
Dictionaries of non-English languages
Latin/English Dictionary -- REF PA 2365.L3 K4 1969
Female and multi-cultural authors
Bloomsbury Guide to Women’s Literature -- REF PN 471.B57 1992
Film and television
The Cambridge Guide to Theatre -- REF PN 3035.C27 1995
The Yale Book of Quotations -- REF PN 6081.Y35 2006
Literature of other countries
The Critical Companion to James Joyce -- REF LC 3981.S577 2006
American literature and authors
- Literature Criticism from 1400-1800
- Something About the Author
- Something About the Author – Autobiography Series
- Contemporary Authors – Autobiography Series
- Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
- Contemporary Literary Criticism
- Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
- Poetry Criticism
- Drama Criticism
- Short Story Criticism
- Shakespearean Criticism
- American Poets Since World War II
- Dictionary of Literary Biography
- Contemporary Authors
Databases (available through GALILEO)
Literary Reference Center -- Contains information from numerous reference works, books and literary journals including work overviews, literary criticism, book reviews, author biographies, and more.
Literature Online Reference Edition -- Literary reference and criticism resources. Biographies, author bibliographies and full-text for over 150 literary journals.
MLA International Bibliography -- Produced by the Modern Language Association. Bibliographies of journal articles, books and dissertations on aspects of literature and language with items going back to the 1920s. Over 1.8 million citations.
Wilson Humanities Full Text --
Full text for scholarly and specialized journals and magazines. Includes articles; interviews; obituaries; bibliographies; book reviews; original works of fiction, drama and poetry; and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and radio and TV programs.
Gateway to the Classics by Author/Title/Subject -- Part of Encyclopaedia Brittanica family. Provides introductions to significant works of literature. Full text of short stories, plays, essays, letters and
abstracts are available.
GALE Literary Index -- Find out in which GALE series (many located in the Fountain-New Library -- see above) an author or work is covered. Includes options to search by author nationality and birth and death years.
Center for Writing Studies (U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) -- Comprehensive grammar handbook. Provides writing tips such as how to write a thesis statement and use effective transitions. Also includes help specific to genres such as cover letters.
Guide to Grammar and Writing, Capital Community College Foundation -- Thoroughly covers many aspects of grammar and writing. Website is organized by level: Word & Sentence, Paragraph, and Essay & Research.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) -- THE place to go for grammar and writing questions. Has very clear instructions for APA and MLA style.
The Writers Handbook -- Created by the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison. Content categorized under "Improving Your Writing Style," "Stages of the Writing Process," and "Common Writing Assignments" may be especially useful.
Bartleby.com -- Full text reference works, verse, fiction, and non-fiction. Includes Harvard Classics, and the works of T.S. Eliot, Walt Whitman, Lord Byron, Herman Melville, Gertrude Stein, and Booker T. Washington, among others.
ipl2 (Internet Public Library) Literary Criticism Collection -- Provides links to critical and biographical websites on various authors and works. Searchable by author, title, nationality, and literary period.
Wired for Books: Poems, Stories, Plays, Essays, Lectures and Interviews for Children and Adults -- Most helpful part of website is the collection of audio interviews with authors discussing their work(s). Also includes recordings of some authors reading their work(s).
Common Errors in English Usage -- Addresses language errors such as differences between similar words (like "amoral" and "immoral") and which term is correct in certain contexts (like "anytime" and "any time"). A search box is provided or one can browse alphabetically.
The Elements of Style - Strunk --
Contains Strunk's Elementary Rules of Usage and Elementary Principles of Composition. Covers problems with commonly misspelled or misused words and phrases.
Occupational Outlook Handbook; Authors, Writers, and Editors -- Provides overview of employment for authors, writers, and editors. Explains training and qualifications for jobs in that field. Includes job outlook through 2018.
US News and World Report - Best English Graduate Schools