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Online Reference Sources

Reference sources are good places to begin research on a topic.  Articles and entries in these publications often are written by scholars in the field and provide basic facts about a topic, as well as definitions of related terms.

Articles in reference sources can also lead to additional sources on a topic through bibliographies and other lists of recommended readings.

British Literature Web Resources

The following links can assist in your research and lead you to some primary sources. See the Primary Source page for additional links.
  • Internet Shakespeare Editions: A search engine for Shakespeare's plays and poems as well as information about his life and times, critical studies and performance history.
  • EuroDocs: One of the best places to start for all time periods of European history. Extensive collection of primary sources and links to other sites. Browse by broad era (prehistory/ancient, medieval/renaissance, modern) or by country.
  • The Camelot Project:  From the University of Rochester, this is a wide-ranging database of texts, images, and information. 
  • Chaucer Metapage: Hosted by the University of North Carolina, this is a good gateway to Chaucer, his work, and the 14th century context.
  • Luminarium: An outstanding site, it covers Medieval, Renaissance, 17th Century, and the Restoration.  In addition to the author links in each section, be sure to look at the resources gathered under "Essays and Articles" and "Additional Sources." 
  • Eighteenth-Century Resources: Don't let the plain Web design fool you; Jack Lynch of Rutgers has compiled the best online gateway to the 18th century.
  • The Literary Gothic: A gateway to Web resources on the gothic literary tradition from the 18th century to the present, organized by Author and Title. 
  • Victorian Web: An outstanding gateway for the literature, fine arts, political/social history, philosophy, religion, and science of the 19th century. 

    Locating Articles - Literature & Language Databases


    Search here for a specific journal title or to see a list of literature and language journals (print and electronic) held by the library. You may also browse journals by subject through this link.

    • Literary Reference Center
      LRC is a full text database that provides information gathered from reference works, books, and literary journals. Thousands of authors and their works across literary genres and eras are represented. Coverage varies based on title.
    • ProQuest Literature and Language
      This resource covers publications on literature and language for researchers of all levels.
    • MLA (Modern Language Association) International Biography
      Index and abstracts to scholarly journals in languages and linguistics, folklore, and literature, with links to full text. Provides over 1.5 million citations for items from more than 4,400 journals published worldwide. Literatures in English and other languages are represented. Coverage: 1926 to present.
    • Open Access Theses and Dissertations
      Resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Use the advance search option to limit your search.

    Locating Articles - General and Multi-Disciplinary Databases

    These databases include the full text of articles in a broad array of scholarly and popular journals. Some also include newspapers and general interest publications.

    • Academic Search Complete
      Articles from over 9,000 journal, magazine, and newspapers in related to current events, the arts & entertainment, literature, history, general science, medicine, law, psychology, religion, education, and cultural studies. Full-text.
    • JSTOR
      Full-text articles from scholarly journals in the arts, history, social sciences, multi-cultural studies, economics, education, and general science disciplines. Journal content is unique to this database.
    • ProQuest Central
      Dates vary. Over 19,000 periodical titles as well as thousands of dissertations, newspapers, working papers, case studies, market and industry reports,and videos.

    Selected E-Journals

    • American Literature
      Each issue contains articles covering the works of several American authors—from colonial to contemporary.
    • Comparative Literature
      Comparative Literature explores issues in literary history and theory.
    • Renaissance Quarterly
      The leading international and interdisciplinary journal of Renaissance studies.
    • Speculum
      Scholarly journal devoted exclusively to the Middle Ages.

    WorldCat - Find Books/Media and Request Material via Interlibrary Loan


    Search for books, journal titles, dissertations, and media in other libraries, and request material via Interlibrary Loan.

    Once you have found the item you are looking for:

    Click on the ILL icon in the upper left corner or select the "Borrow this item from another library" link to place an ILL request.

    Cover Art
    Shakespeare, Sex, and Love - Stanley Wells
    ISBN: 0199578591
    Publication Date: 2010-06-01


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    Locating e-Books

    eBook Collection

    The eBook Collection provides access to more than 118,000 full-text scholarly, reference, and professional eBooks.

    Cover Art
    John Milton - Gordon Campbell; Thomas N. Corns
    ISBN: 0199591032
    Publication Date: 2010-12-01

    American Literature Web Resources

    The following links can assist in your research and lead you to some primary sources. See the Primary Source page for additional links.

    • American Authors on the Web:  Also from WSU, this is a good gateway to sites concerned with individual writers.  Authors are listed by time period, so use the date ranges at the top to navigate.
    • Literary Resources: American: from Jack Lynch at Rutgers, this is a handy gateway site, though you must scroll for the subject categories.



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