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The Literary Experience

This guide is suggested for students of English 1050, The Literary Experience, or those interested in literary research.

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Online Reference Books

The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature

  • This Companion presents an extensive historical survey of the development of utopianism, from the publication of Utopia to today's dark and despairing tendency towards dystopian pessimism, epitomised by works such as George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

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Provides page images of back issues of the core scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication. FOR OLDER (5+ YEARS) ARTICLES ONLY!

Literature Resource Center (Gale)
Biographies, bibliographies and analysis of over 115,000 authors. In-depth coverage of the most studied authors.

Humanities Full Text (WilsonWeb)
Indexes and abstracts articles in more than 300 periodicals in literature, archaeology, art , classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, the performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history and world literature. Includes book reviews.

MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)
Consists of research pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Includes citations to articles from over 3000 journals and series published internationally, as well as monographs, collections, and various types of reference works.

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Some entries have full text via the database. For others, click on FindIt to determine if there are online links to the article; if it is in a journal the library subscribes to (Library catalog); or if you need to use Interlibrary Loan / Iliad - to obtain the article.  

Find Literary Criticism

Literature Criticism Online
LCO is an extensive full text compilation of literary commentary, covering centuries of critiques on authors and their works that span all time periods, types of literature and regions. The cross searchable collection brings together Drama Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Shakespearean Literature Criticism and Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, providing interpretation and analysis on the major authors, dramatists and poets.

Need more information? Go to the English Subject Guide for articles, biography, reviews, newspapers and more...

Find biographical and contextual information

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online
The Dictionary of Literary Biography print series is often the first place to go to find authoritative biographical and critical essays on “the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.”

Literature Resource Center (Gale)
Biographies, bibliographies and analysis of over 115,000 authors. In-depth coverage of the most studied authors.

Literature Online (Chadwyck) 
 In addition to journal articles, LION contains biographical and other key reference resources. 

Need more information? Go to the English Subject Guide for more resources.

Citing your sources

Purdue OWL MLA Citation Guide

  • Research and documentation online: MLA -- Humanities
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Print copy at the front information desk -- LB 2369 G53 2009
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