Need Help? There are several options for research assistance, including the Ask a Librarian email service and the CSU Chat instant message service
What is Discus?
What is PASCAL?
English Language and Literature Subject Guide
Databases and Journal Indexes
Academic OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines
Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost)
A general, multi-disciplinary database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals
Biography in Context (Gale)
Provides contextual information on the world's most influential people. Merges Gale's authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
Biography Index Past and Present (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
A comprehensive biographical resource. Includes over a million article and book citations, retrospective coverage from Biography Index back to its first publication in 1946, and coverage of present-day newsmakers.
Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Provides in-depth, original profiles, full-text journal articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, obituaries, and more. Covers over 500,000 people and includes over 36,000 images.
Bloom's Literary Reference Online
Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature. Features content from Facts On File's print literature collection, Harold Bloom's essays, and critical articles published by noted scholars under the Bloom's Literary Criticism imprint. Also contains an archive of more than 46,000 characters; extensive entries on literary topics, themes, movements, genres, and authors; almost 200 video segments; and more. Entries can be browsed by time period within American, British, and world literature; by author type; by literary genre; by nationality; by an A-to-Z list; and by subject for images and videos. Author biographies link to a list of major works, and works are linked to a list of principal characters. Bloom's How to Write About gives specific advice on how to write good essays on popularly assigned authors.
Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOhost)
Provides book reviews on a wide range of topics, from a variety of sources, with many of the reviews from serious, academic works. Includes reviews of books for adults, young adults, and children.
Books and Authors (Gale Group)
This readers' advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction provides genre lists, plot summaries, author information, award lists, book jacket images, and book reviews from more than 30 sources. User-friendly tools allow users to store reading and search lists, create reviews and ratings, and graphically view search term relationships.
Contemporary Literary Criticism Select
Provides extensive biographical and critical information on more than 600 significant authors.
Provides access to more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, dictionaries, and reference titles from over 80 publishers, covering every major subject. Offers over 200,000 images and audio files and nearly 100 videos. Over 10,000 Topic Pages present and organize a variety of information resources on a subject and act as a starting point for research.
Dictionary of Literary Biography
Contains more than 11,700 biocritical essays on authors and their works written by academic scholars.
EBSCO eBook Collection
A collection of over 21,000 electronic books available in full text online. These titles may be searched in the library's catalog or directly in the EBSCO database. Formerly known as NetLibrary, titles in this collection cover all subject areas.
e-Duke Journals Scholarly Collection: Expanded
Provides online access to journal titles published by Duke University Press. Subjects include the Humanities and Social Sciences. The number of titles in the collection is expected to grow from year to year. All of the journals are also accessible by title through the library's Journals by Title webpage.
Essay and General Literature Index (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOhost)
A unique reference database that cites records contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. More than 320 single and multi-authored volumes are indexed annually with more than 20 selected annuals and serial publications. Focuses on the humanities and social sciences, with subject coverage ranging from economics, political science, and history to criticism of literary works, drama, and film.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by the CSU Library and are in the categories of: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by DISCUS.
General OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines ranging from architecture to biology and history to mathematics.
An archive of scholarly journals that offers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.
Literary Index (Gale Group) FREE
An index for Gale literature publication materials. This includes Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Children's Literature Review, Nonfiction Classics for Students, and many more.
Literary Reference Center (EBSCOHost)
A full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals, and original content from EBSCO Publishing. Contains full text for more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticisms, more than 253,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios), more than 460 literary journals, more than 693,000 book reviews, nearly 78,000 classic and contemporary poems, more than 19,600 classic and contemporary short stories, more than 6,500 author interviews, more than 8,200 classic texts and much more. Contains the resources formerly found in MagillOnLiteraturePlus, including Masterplots, Cyclopedia of World Authors,, Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, and many more.
- Literary Reference Center Enhanced Searching Interface (EBSCO)
The enhanced interface includes a browse function for literary authors and works, featured content, a featured author, and book highlights. Provides easy access to citation help, a research guide, a Literary-Historical Timeline, and Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature.
Literature Resource Center (Gale)
Provides up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world, supplemented by the scholarly materials of the Scribner Writers Series and Twayne's World, U.S., and English Authors Series. Also includes Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and hundreds of other Gale literarary reference publications.
Content now included in Literary Reference Center (EBSCOHost) and Literary Reference Center Enhanced Searching Interface (EBSCO)
MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOHost)
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.
MLA Directory of Periodicals (EBSCOHost)
Offers detailed information on over 7,100 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in MLA International Bibliography. The detailed entries include editorial contact information, as well as frequency, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines.
MLA International Bibliography (EBSCOHost)
Offers a detailed bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains over 1.8 million citations from more than 4,400 journals & series and 1,000 book publishers.
New York Times
Selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present is available in several of the library's databases, with complete digital coverage from 2008 to three months ago available in ProQuest Digital Microfilm. In addition, the library keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.
Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCOHost)
Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.
Newstand (Gale InfoTrac)
Provides access to more than 2,700 national, international, state and local newspapers with selective coverage between 1980 and 2012.
NoveList Plus (EBSCO)
A comprehensive readers' advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens, and children. Includes plot summaries, book reviews, book discussion guides, author-readalikes, and recommendations on what to read next. Allows browsing by categories of fiction and nonfiction, with optional limits by age. Allows searching by author, title, series, lexile reading level, author nationality/cultural identity, and more.
NoveList K-8 Plus (EBSCO)
NoveList K-8 is a subset of the database used in NoveList Plus. It does not include adult titles, except for a very limited number used in middle school curricula (e.g. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee). NoveList K-8 will search, browse, and make recommendations in the same way as NoveList Plus. The primary differences between the two are that NoveList K-8 uses a different color palette and larger font throughout the product, has a slightly different homepage, most notably in the menu on the right, and includes the Reading Level limiters in the search box.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Provides contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, it features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Oxford English Dictionary
Find the definition, pronunciation, etymology, quotations, and a date chart for words in the dictionary.
Oxford Reference Online Premium
Combines language and subject reference works together to form a large reference library. It contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works.
Play Index (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOhost)
Indexes over 30,000 plays written from Antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present. Covers a wide range of plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama. Search for plays by title, author, subject, style, genre, or cast type. Provides the full publication details needed to locate the play in its published manifestations.
Points of View Reference Center (EBSCOHost)
Intended for public, academic, and high school libraries, Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.
ProQuest Digital Microfilm: New York Times
This resource provides cover-to-cover full image access to the New York Times from 2008 to three months ago for an online experience that resembles paging through the newspaper in print or viewing it on microfilm. Users may crop, zoom, or rotate page images and then print, email, or save in PDF format. In addition, the library provides access to selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present in several other databases, keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.
Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film, television, gardening, health, medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news, current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports, fitness, transportation, travel and much more. Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994.
Scribner Writers Series (GaleNet)
Some titles from the Scribner Writers series are available in Literature Resource Center (Gale).
Short Story Index (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
This product’s aim is to index all the important collections and anthologies of short stories that are published each year. All literary genres are covered. Approximately 200+ monographs are captured per year, with approximately 3,000-4,000 analytics (chapters/stories).
Twaynes Authors Series (GaleNet)
Features more than 600 books from three series -- United States Authors, English Authors and World Authors -- presented in the classic GaleNet database format. Each ebook is devoted to literary interpretation and discussion, offers in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world, includes close analysis of key works, and provides insightful and original commentary on the history and influence of literary movements. Some titles from the Twaynes series are also available in Literature Resource Center (Gale).
A shared catalog that provides information about books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, etc. from thousands of libraries around the world and indicates which libraries hold the items.
Return to Top
American Writers (Ref. PS 129 .A55)
British Authors Before 1800 (Ref. PR 105 .K9 1961)
British Writers (Ref. PR 85 .B688 v. 1-8 + Index and Supplements)
Cambridge Guide to English Literature (Ref. PR 85 .C28 1993)
Cambridge Guide to English Usage (Ref. PE 1464 .P47 2004)
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (connect to E-book or create a NetLibrary account first)
Cassell's Encyclopedia of World Literature (Ref. PN 41.C3)
Contemporary Literary Criticism (Ref. PN 771 .C59 v. 1-)
DLB: Dictionary of Literary Biography (Ref. PS 129.D5)
Dictionary of Literary Terms & Literary Theory (Ref. PN 41 .C83 1998)
European Writers (Ref. PN 501.E9 1983 v. 1-14)
Handbook to Literature (Ref. PN 41 .T5 2000)
Literary History of England (Ref. PR 83 .B3 1948)
Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus (Ref. PE 1591 .L625 2004)
Oxford Companion to Literature
- American Literature (Ref. PS 21 .H3 1995)
- English Literature (Ref. PR 19 .O94 2000)
- German Literature (Ref. PT 41 .G37)
Research Guide for Undergraduate Students: English and American Literature (Ref. PR 56 .B34 2000)
Wilson authors series Index (Ref. PN 451.I5)
- American authors, 1600-1900 (Ref. PS 21 .K8 1964)
- British authors before 1800 (Ref. PR 105 .K9 1961)
- British authors of the nineteenth century (Ref. PR 451 .K8 1964)
- European authors, 1000-1900 (Ref. PN 451 .K8 1967)
- Twentieth century authors (Ref. PN 771 .K86 1942 + supplement)
- World authors, 1950-1970 (Ref. PN 451 .W3)
Contemporary Authors (Ref. Z 1224.C61 v.1-)
Critical Survey of Long Fiction (Ref. PR 821.C7 2000)
Critical Survey of Short Fiction (Ref. PN 3321.C7 2001)
Critical Survey of Poetry (Ref. PR 502.C85 1982 v.1-)
Critical Survey Of Short Fiction (Ref. PR 33321.C7 2001)
Drama Criticism (Ref. PN 1601.D59)
Literary Criticism Index (Ref. PN 523.W44 1994)
Magill's Bibliography of Literary Criticism (Ref. PN 523.Z9 M3 v. 1-)
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (Ref. PE 1628.M36 1996)
Poetry Criticism (Ref. PN 1010.P499 v. 1-)
NCLC: Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (Ref. PN 761.N5 v .1-)
TCLC: Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (Ref. PN 94.T83 v. 1-)
Return to Top
The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Text
A collection of public domain documents from American and English literature and Western philosophy
The Camelot Project
Collection of Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, and information
Critical Reading, A Guide
A guide to what you might look for in analyzing literature, particularly poetry and fiction
English Literature on the Web
Guide with links to English literature resources on the web
Internet Public Library's Online Literary Criticism Collection
Contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works and can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period
Literary Resources on the Net
A collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature. Links are broken down by major categories such as Renaissance, Romantic, Theory, etc.
An annotated guide that shows what information about a work, its author, or period you'll find on each website
A site for medieval, renaissance, and 17th century English literature
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
Annotated guide to scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the net
The Online Books Page
Full-text of over 6,000 authors with links to other literary sites such as prize winners, banned books and women writers.
PAL: Perspectives in American Literature, A Research and Reference Guide
Full text archive of major literary works
South Carolina Virtual Literary Map
This interactive map provides information about authors with connections to South Carolina. Also includes links to South Carolina literary websites such as the South Carolina Writers Workshop and the Poetry Society of South Carolina. A project of the South Carolina Center for the Book and co-sponsored by the South Carolina Humanities Council, the South Carolina State Library and the USC School of Library and Information Science (SLIS).
Victoria Research Web
Scholarly resources for Victorian (19th Century British) research
Voice of the Shuttle
English Literature Provides a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources that at once respects the established humanities disciplines in their professional organization and points toward the transformation of those disciplines as they interact with the sciences and social sciences and with new digital media
Return to Top
Journals and Magazines
The following journals are available in the CSU library:
Christianity & Literature
College Composition & Communication
Columbia Journalism Review
Computers and Composition
Computers and composition
Eighteenth Century Studies
ELH English Literary History
English Language Notes
English language teaching
German Life and Letters
Greece and Rome
Journal of American Folklore
Journal of Basic Writing
Journal of English and Germanic Philology
Journal of English Linguistics
Journal of Linguistics
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
Literary and Linguistic Computing
MLN Modern Language Notes
Modern Fiction Studies
Modern Language Journal
Modern Language Quarterly
Modern Language Review
Nineteenth Century Literature
Nineteenth century fiction
North American Review
Notes on Contemporary Literature
Poets and Writers
Review of English Studies
Romanic Review, The
South Atlantic Quarterly
South Carolina Review
Southern Folklore Quarterly
Studies in Romanticism
Studies in Short Fiction
The Journalism Quarterly
TLS Times Literary Supplement (London)
Trollopian: A Journal of Victorian Fiction
Twentieth Century Literature
William and Mary Quarterly
World Literature Today
Yale French Studies
Yale Literary Magazine
Find a list of e-journals in English available at CSU
Return to Top