Research Guide: English Literature/Criticism

Background Information

More books about literature can be found on the fourth floor, in section P.

The following books provide background information for beginning research on English literature and criticism.
Title Availability
British Writers REF PR85 .B688
Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature REF PR83 .C352
Contemporary Authors REF PN771 .C66
Contemporary Literary Criticism REF PN771 .C59
Critical Temper: A Survey of Modern Criticism on English & American Literature from the Beginning REF PR85 .C77
Dictionaries of Literary Biography Online only
Glossary of Literary Terms REF PN41 .A184
Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism Online only
Oxford Companion to English Literature REF PR 19. O 94 2006
Oxford Companion to Irish Literature REF PR8706 .O88
Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English REF PR471 .O94
Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature Online only
Oxford English Dictionary REF PE 1625. O 87 1998
Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation Online only

Journal Articles


JSTOR is a journal archive and contains thousands of articles on literature and literary criticism.

Literature Resource Center

This resource contains a wealth of information about American authors and literature, and can be used to find biographies, plot summaries, and literary criticism.

MLA International Bibliography

The MLA International Bibliography is the premier source for articles on literature, authors, plays, and literary criticism.

New York Review of Books

This magazine contains intelligent, in-depth reviews of current fiction and non-fiction.

Project Muse

Project Muse is a great place to search for literary criticism and humanities research.

Web Resources

Dartmouth Dante Project

Created by faculty at Dartmouth College, this database allows pinpoint searching of Dante's complete cycle of The Divine Comedy, as well as numerous commentaries on the poems.

Encyclopedia of Fantasy

This online encyclopedia contains short, cross-linked entries on fantasy novels and films covering authors, characters, and concepts.

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

This online encyclopedia contains short, cross-linked entries on science fiction novels and films covering authors, characters, and concepts.

Glossary of Literary Terms

This site offers short definitions of hundreds of literary terms, from Absurdism to the Yale School.

Internet Library of Early Journals

This website, hosted by the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, has rare reproductions of nineteenth century literary journals. They are a unique resource for contemporary literature and criticism.

Internet Shakespeare Editions

The Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) is a non-profit scholarly website publishing in three main areas: Shakespeare’s plays and poems, Shakespeare’s life and times, and Shakespeare in performance.

Literary Resources on the Net

This site is a directory of literature resources and can be used to locate criticism, author biographies, and more.

Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature by Period

This directory contains links to high quality literature and literary criticism and can be used to find information about novelists, poets, essayists, and short story writers in all genres.

Voice of the Shuttle: Literature (in English)

This set of links, also from the University of California's VoS project, includes literary and professional organizations, literary journals, eBook collections, and more.

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