Helpful Library Pages
For a comprehensive list of the databases available to you through the library see Databases A-Z
For resources by subject area see Falvey's Subject Guides page.
These resources are especially useful if you find yourself searching for things on sites not accessed through the library.
The Web vs. Library Databases – A comparison
A guide to understanding and evaluating the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly resources
Is it Scholarly? Tips for critically evaluating your information resources.
Avoid Problem Areas
Harvard Guide to Using Sources: What Constitutes Plagiarism? Under the section labeled as online tutorials there are tutorials you can take to help you better understand academic integrity and how to avoid plagiarism.
George Saunders's websites:
Saunders, George. “My Writing Education: A Time Line.” The New Yorker, Oct. 2015. www.newyorker.com, https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/my-writing-education-a-timeline.
Databases for Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Articles
Provides citations to journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations on all aspects of literature, language and linguistics, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, and folklore. International in scope; coverage from 1926 to the present. Includes access to the MLA Directory of Periodicals.
Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included.
Literature Criticism Online (Gale)
Provides compilations of literary criticism. Includes the complete runs of Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism.
Literature Online (ProQuest)
Features a digital library of English and American poetry, drama, and prose. Provides access to literary criticism indexed in ABELL and MLA International Bibliography and includes selective access to the full text of academic journals. Also includes full text access to a collection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and biographical dictionaries.
Literature Resource Center (Gale)
Provides full text access to critical essays, work and topic overviews, texts from literary magazines, biographies, and more. Covers a wide range of authors including novelists, poets, essayists, and journalists.
Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, books, book reviews, and dissertations that cover world history from 1450 to the present, excluding North American history which is covered in the companion index America: History and Life. Includes abstracts for academic journal articles and selective full text content. Coverage extends back to 1953.
A Short Introduction to Historical Abstracts is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.
Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Etc.
Cambridge History of English and American Literature
Cambridge History of Literary Criticism
Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press)
Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press)
Current & Historical Newspapers
American Periodicals (ProQuest)
America’s Historical Newspapers (Readex)
Black Abolitionist Papers (ProQuest)
Black Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Introduction to Black Historical Newspapers is a short tutorial about basic features of this resource.
Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective (Accessible Archives)
Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)
Gender Studies Database (EBSCO)
Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Pennsylvania Newspaper Record: Delaware County (Accessible Archives)
Philadelphia Inquirer, 1860-2009 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
ProQuest U.S. Newsstream
Organizing & Citing Your Sources
Organizing Your Sources
Zotero is a free, open source citation tool developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for New Media at George Mason University. It’s been funded by the Mellon and Sloan foundations, as well as the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
HERE you can find detailed information about what Zotero is and what it can do for you.
Start using Zotero HERE
MLA Style Guide
Additional Library Resources for Citing MLA