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LIBRARY GUIDE TO ENG 5200 - Introduction to Graduate Studies in English

Databases for Literary Research

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff MLA International Bibliography
A subject index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It is produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization dedicated to the study and teaching of language and literature. The electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1925 and contains over 2 million citations from more than 4,400 periodicals (including peer-reviewed e-journals) and 1,000 book publishers.
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Year's Work in English Studies
Online from 1921. Bibliographic essays citing important titles published in a given year. Great place to learn of the scholarship trends and to get a scholar's opinions about what is being published.
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR
Full text of core scholarly journals from their beginning to approximately one year ago. Disciplines include botany, business, ecology, general science, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and statistics. Browsable by discipline and full-text searchable across all disciplines. Especially good for historic or classic articles in most fields. Coverage: 1665 to present. How to export to RefWorks
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE
Project Muse provides full-text access to the content from over 400 scholarly journals in the humanities and the social sciences. How to export to RefWorks
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Cambridge Companions
Offers introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Cambridge Histories Online
More than 260 volumes from the esteemed Cambridge Histories series covering 14 subject areas including general and regional history, literary studies, philosophy and religious studies.

Library Catalogs

OU Library Catalog Use Library OneSearch to find books and articles owned by Kresge Library. Search for authors last name first, e.g. Chaucer, Geoffrey. Famous anonymous works are themselves subjects under a uniform title, e.g. "Gawain and the Green Knight." Remember that OneSearch only returns that which Kresge Library already owns!

MelCat Find a reference to a book that Kresge Library doesn't own? Search for it in our consortium of Michigan libraries.

If a catalog search indicates that OU does NOT own a book/journal title, a link to ILLiad and MelCat (catalog listing library holdings statewide) will appear. Follow these links to initiate a request to have the item sent (physically or scanned) to you.

Library Contact
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Emily Spunaugle
Assistant Professor, Humanities Librarian

Other Reference Resources

Harner's Literary Research Guide. The definitive guide to reference sources in literary research.

Dictionary for Literary Terms and Literary Theory.

Chronology of World History Year by year listing of important events in politics, science, and the arts (including literature).  A quick way to get a picture of what was happening in Medieval England (Ref. D 11 .M39 1999 v. 1).

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Oxford English Dictionary
The definitive historical dictionary of the English language. This dictionary covers English words from 1150 CE to present, and provides etymology and quotations illustrating usage.
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Credo Reference
Provides online access to encyclopedias, almanacs, and other reference tools.
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB)
Provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. DLB Complete Online includes the DLB main series, the DLB Documentary Series, and the DLB Yearbook Series.




Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

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