This page outlines the resources for Doctor Quigley's Ways of Reading course. Below are the databases we covered in class as well as additional resources that may be useful in your research.
Scholarly Databases for Articles: Contains MLA (covered in class) and other sources for finding scholarly peer reviewed criticism. The resources here are primarily for scholarly articles however, I have also included WorldCat which is a resource best utilized for finding books.
Dictionary Resources: Contains the OED, DNB, and DLB.
Current and Historical Newspapers: Contains resources for both British and American historical newspapers. ProQuest Newstand contains more recent 20th and 21st century newspapers.
Organizing & Citing Your Sources: Has links to RefWorks, Zotero, and MLA style guides.
Also see: The Cambridge Companion to T.S. Eliot
Also see: History Subject Guide
If you're interested in better understanding the difference between web searches and library databases please click here: The Web vs. Library Databases – A comparison
Harvard Guide to Using Sources: What Constitutes Plagiarism?
Scholarly Databases For Articles & Books
MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)
Consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Includes citations to articles from over 4,400 journals and series published internationally, as well as monographs, collections, and various types of reference works. Subscription to the MLA International Bibliography also includes access to the MLA Directory of Periodicals.WorldCat (OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.WorldCat Step-by-Step
is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.JSTOR
A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals and books in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics.Literature Criticism Online (Gale)
LCO is an extensive compilation of literary commentary reaching back 30 years and cover centuries of critiques on authors and their works that span all time periods, types of literature and regions. The cross searchable collection brings together the most acclaimed literary series Drama Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism and Short Story Criticism
providing criticism on the major authors, dramatists and poets. The database includes Shakespearean Literature Criticism
with a comprehensive coverage of critical interpretations of his plays and poetry.Literature Online (Chadwyck-Healey)
A fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 382 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.America: History and Life (EBSCO)
A complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. The database also includes citations and links to book and media reviews.America: History & Life is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
An annotated reference guide to the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Provides indexing of more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 as well as book reviews and dissertations.A Short Introduction to Historical Abstracts is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.African American Studies Center Online (Oxford)
The database provides students, scholars and librarians with online access to the finest reference resources in African American studies. At its core, AASC features the new Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619-1895
, Black Women in America
, the highly acclaimed Africana
, a five-volume history of the African and African American experience, and the African American National Biography
project (estimated at 8 volumes). In addition to these major reference works, AASC offers other key resources from Oxford's reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature
and selected articles from other reference works.
Oxford English Dictionary
The world's leading authority on the history and development of the English language since 1150. Based on the 1989 2nd edition, a 20-volume set, with additions from 1993-1997 and the 3rd edition (in progress) from 2000-. Approximately 1,000 new and revised entries will be released quarterly online.Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
A reference work providing almost 60,000 specially-written signed biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2009. State-of-the-art search options, extensive internal cross-referencing, access to articles from the original DNB, and navigation by "themes" combine with rigorous research and scholarship to make the Oxford DNB one of the most innovative and important reference sites available online.Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)
The Dictionary of Literary Biography print series has been a favorite with students and scholars for many years, 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. Offers Documentary, Main, and Yearbook series.
Current & Historical Newspapers
American Periodicals Series (ProQuest)
Search a selection of periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically significant periodicals.America’s Historical Newspapers: 1690-1922 (Readex)
A digital collection of early American newspapers from 1690 to 1922, that includes the Philadelphia Inquirer
from 1860-1920.British Periodicals Collection I (ProQuest)
The database consists of more than 160 journals spanning the late 17th through early 20th centuries, and covering a range of topics such as literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences. This resource has facsimile page images and searchable full text for nearly 500 British periodicals published.Burney Collection Newspapers (Gale)
Explore the early history of the English newspaper. Learn about the English Civil War, the Restoration and 18th century political and cultural developments.“The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of ‘news’ and ‘newspapers’ and the “free press,” totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles. Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden. Newly digitized, all Burney treasures are now fully text-searchable.Historical New York Times: 1851-2013 (ProQuest)The New York Times
is a unique full-image archive that brings you the entire historical run of The New York Times
, in-depth coverage of science and politics. It offers complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary.ProQuest Newsstand
Includes access to the full text of over 1,300 newspapers, news websites and blogs including The New York Times
, Wall Street Journal
and Washington Post
, plus other important U.S., international and minority interest papers.The Times Digital Archive 1785-2010(Gale)
The Times is the "world's newspaper of record" and covers all major international historical events from the French Revolution to the Falkland War. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching. It is a digital reproduction, cover to cover, of the paper in PDF files.African American Newspapers: The 19th Century (Accessible Archives)
Includes the complete text of major 19th century African American newspapers such as The Christian Recorder
(1861-1902), Freedom's Journal
(1827-1829), The North Star
(1847-1851), and Frederick Douglass' Paper
Organizing & Citing Your Sources
Organizing Your Sources
Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks
will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies.
to view a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a RefWorks account.Zotero
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
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
houses writing resources and instructional material, and they provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.