Wheeling Jesuit University
Research Guide - English

Electronic Research Databases

Print Indexes

Finding Journals

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

Web Sites of Interest

Electronic Research Databases

MLA International Bibliography (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - index of journal articles, books and dissertations...dates back to 1963... literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts..

Literature Resource Center (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) -biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors...Scribner Writer's Series, Twayne World, US, and English Authors.

Oxford English Dictionary (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past.

Academic Search Elite (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - full text for over 2,050 publications, 1,500 peer-reviewed journals... social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies...  

Project Muse (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – 250 full text electronic journals ...covering literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

JSTOR - Language & Literature Collection (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - 57 titles spanning the literary cultures of many different countries.

The New York Times – Historical Collection (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - full-image archive...full-page and article images in downloadable PDF...complete coverage from 1851-2001; display and classified ads; comics and cartoons; photos, maps, graphics, etc; editorials and commentary...  

Print Indexes

PN4321 .G7C - The Columbia Granger's index to poetry – Location: Index Area 

PERIODICAL - MLA international bibliography – Location: Bound Journals (Years 1969 to 1995)

AI3 .B72 - Book review digest – Location: Index Area

Z1035 .E78 - Essay and general literature index – Location: Index Area

AI3 .S5 C7 - Short story index – Location: Index Area

Finding Journals

Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

Directory of Open Access Journals – Languages and Literatures
. "Free full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals."

Style Guide

Visit the ARC - Academic Resource Center for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library at Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles.

PE1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference/Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk

Library of Congress Classification System – LC Subject

PN Literature (General)

PQ French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature - Portuguese literature

PR English literature

PS American literature

PZ Fiction and juvenile belles lettres


Web Sites of Interest

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature – "Literary history and criticism...contains essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing."

Complete Works of William Shakespeare – "Shakespeare's plays and poetry."

The Dickens Project - "Research on Dickens and the Victorian age..."

Geoffrey Chaucer – "Middle English texts and translations of analogues relevant to Chaucer's works, ...concentrates on the Canterbury Tales."

The Life and Works of John Keats – Biographies, pictures and letters by and about Keats.

The Life and Works of Lord Byron - Biographies, pictures and letters by and about Byron.

Luminarium – "Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th Century Literature and Restoration Literature". Biographies and writings for important figures from each time period.

Dickinson Electronic Archives - "Her writing practices, writings directly influencing her work, and critical and creative writings generated by her work."

Literature of Appalachia – West Virginia University Libraries  -  Appalachian Studies Bibliography 1994-2002. 

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature
- A Research and Reference Guide to
American Literature from the 17th to 20th Century.

University of Illinois/Dept. of English – "A living, breathing conversation between hundreds of poets, scholars, and readers, constantly growing and presented in an eminently clear and usable way."

American Verse Project - "An electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920."

Documenting the American South (DocSouth) - "Access to digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture."  

The Mississippi Writers Page - "Writers, both past and present, who have called the Magnolia state home. Biographies of the writers, information about their books and other publications, and bibliographies of other information sources (including literary criticism)..." 

Wright American Fiction – "Online collection...novel published in the United States from 1851 to 1875...works by well known writers ...Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Harriet Beecher Stowe..."

Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress – "Ten plays written by Hurston (1891-1960), author, anthropologist, and folklorist...plays reflect Hurston's life experience, travels, and research, especially her study of folklore in the African-American South."

Aesop's Fables Online - Illustrated and some just text versions of Aesop and other fables dating from the 1500s to 2002.

The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) - "Collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization."

Renascence Editions – "Online works printed in English between the years 1477 and 1799." 

SAC LitWeb - World Literature Outlines - "Works normally read in the world survey course are put into their literary, or at least their chronological, contexts so that students can see where they fit." Includes author biographies and some literary works.

Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies - "ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students." 

Project Gutenberg
– "Light Literature...Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, Peter Pan, Aesop's Fables, etc; Heavy Literature...Bible or other religious documents, Shakespeare, Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, etc; References...Roget's Thesaurus, almanacs, and a set of encyclopedia, dictionaries, etc." Over 6,000 items available to browse or search - downloadable full text books are available.  

Digital Book Index - "Provides links to more than 114,000 title records from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites.  About 75,000 of these books, texts, and documentas are available free, while many others are available at very modest cost."

The English Renaissance in context - "A NEH-funded project designed to provide scholars and students at a variety of levels with access to major texts of the English Renaissance in their original versions."

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet - "Annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on Internet...to present new Shakespear material unavailable elsewhere on the Internet..."

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