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Print Sources


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)

Ready Reference

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-)

Reference Storage

NCLC: Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (Ref. PN 761.N5 v .1-)

TCLC: Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (Ref. PN 94.T83 v. 1-)

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Internet Resources

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

Project Bartleby
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

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Journals and Magazines

The following journals are available in the CSU library:

American Literature

American Quarterly

American Scholar

Antioch Review

Atlantic (Monthly)

CEA Critic

CEA Forum

Chicago Review

Christianity & Literature

College Composition & Communication

College English

Columbia Journalism Review

Comparative Drama

Comparative Literature

Computers and Composition

Computers and composition

Contemporary Literature

Contemporary Poetry



Drama Review

Eighteenth Century Studies

Elementary English

ELH English Literary History

ELT Journal

English Education

English Journal

English Language Notes

English language teaching



French Review

German Life and Letters

Greece and Rome


Hispanic Review

Hudson Review

Humanities Index

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


Language arts

Literary and Linguistic Computing

MLA Abstracts

MLN Modern Language Notes

Modern Drama

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



Poet Lore


Poets and Writers


Publisher's Weekly

Renaissance Quarterly

Review of English Studies

Romanic Review, The

Sewanee Review

South Atlantic Quarterly

South Carolina Review

Southern Folklore Quarterly

Southern Review


Studies in Romanticism

Studies in Short Fiction

The Journalism Quarterly

Theatre Journal

TLS Times Literary Supplement (London)

Trollopian: A Journal of Victorian Fiction

Twentieth Century Literature

Victorian Studies

Victorian studies

William and Mary Quarterly

World Literature Today


Writers Digest

Yale French Studies

Yale Literary Magazine

Yale Review

Find a list of e-journals in English available at CSU

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