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?
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 present. Subscription to the MLA International Bibliography also 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.
Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)
Provides full-text access to biographical and critical essays on important literary figures from all eras, genres, and geographic areas. Many essays include manuscript pages, portraits, excerpts of criticism, bibliographies, and more. Electronic access extends back to 1978.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press)
Presents authoritative biographies of influential people who lived in Britain. Covers only deceased subjects. Includes portraits, if available, and bibliographies with citations to works by and about featured individuals.
Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press)
Contains the complete text of the 20-volume OED, 2nd edition, published in 1989. Presents authoritative information on the words in the English language, including their form, definition, history, pronunciation, and etymology. Approximately 1,000 new and revised entries are added on a quarterly basis.
The Cambridge Companion to American Gothic
The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction
The Cambridge introduction to William Faulkner
The Oxford companion to the Bible
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
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.
Click HERE to view a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a RefWorks account.
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