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The library has a large selection of Cambridge Companions on a wide variety of topics. Below you will find a small selection of Companions that you may find useful for this class. If you wish to find other Cambridge Companions you can do so by searching the library's catalog. The easiest way to find out if the library has a companion on a specific individual or topic it to do a search like this "Cambridge Companion ________" the blank being the person's name or topic that you are searching for.
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.
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 second edition of the 20-volume Dictionary. Presents authoritative information on 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
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.
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MLA Style Guide
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