Language and Literature

Librarian's Corner

  • Articles
  • Biographies
  • Books/e-
  • Journals
  • Reference
  • Web
Finding Journal Articles and Citations

Some databases may also include literary criticisms, books, essays, book reviews, conference papers, and more.

Academic Search Complete EBSCO
Google Scholar  Free on the Web
Peer-reviewed articles; some indexing, some free full text.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text
Humanities International Complete
Literary Encyclopedia
A reference work focused on literature originally written in English or translated into English; entries are authoritative summaries written by 1,500+ experts and edited by a scholarly board. (requires individual registration using ORU email) More...
Literary Index
Provides indexing for the entire Gale literary series, including cross-references for authors and titles; NO full text. More...
Literary Reference Center
Contains full text for 34,000+ plot summaries, 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism, 179,000+ author biographies, 450 literary journals, 675,000+ book reviews, 74,000 poems, 18,000 short stories, and 6,100+ author interviews from such works as Masterplots, 4th ed.; Magill's Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature, Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of LiteratureThe New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, and others. More...
MLA International Bibliography
Provides indexing of journal articles, books and dissertations relating to literature, language, and the dramatic arts. More...
± TIP: How to select and search multiple EBSCO databases simultaneously.

EBSCO databases

For more search tips see Find...Articles library guide.

Literature - Authors & Biographies
Biography in Context
Includes nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. Search occupation, nationality, ethnicity and more. View tutorial on basic searching. Tip Sheet PDF
  • Search the author's name then click View All next to your selected document type (reference, academic journals, featured content, etc.). Use the tools on the left, including the "Search within results" option, to narrow or limit your results.
  • To find an author entry in Contempora
  • ry Authors online click Advanced Search. On the first line search the author's name for keyword and on the second line add Contemporary Authors Online in Publication Title.
Literary Reference Center
Click Browse Authors in the top menu bar to browse authors by name, culture, country, genre and movement.
LRC Browse Authors
 
Academic Search Complete IndexesAcademic Search Premier
To search for articles about an author:
In the top menu, mouseover More and click Indexes. For Browse an Index choose People (shown right). Key in the author's last name first. Select and mark a name then click the Add button. Add other relevant keywords in the search text box. Click search.
America: History & Life
Search suggestion: Type biography and change Select a Field (optional) to SU Subject Terms. On the second line type the person's name. (shown below)
America: History and Life
Or, use the People index (See Academic Search Complete, above)
Credo Reference
Provides general reference information.
Humanities International Complete

Library research guide: For more tips and databases see Biographical Information.

English and Literature - Books & eBooks
In the ORU library catalog try a subject search for Literature to browse topics. Click a subject to view the books. Also try a keyword or author search.
 
ebooks
eBook titles are in the library catalog with links to the full text but you may prefer to search an ebook database.
 
ebrary: Language and Literature ~10,600 ebooks
Use subject searches and relevant keywords.
Samples subject title lists:
ebrary: Multiculturalism in Literature
ebrary: Ethnicity in Literature
ebrary: Race in Literature
  • To browse ebook titles in a specific call number section (shown below):
    ebraryUse Advanced search. Change Search in menu to LC Call Number. Type the call numbers (see LC outlines). Click Search ebrary.
     
  • To view the 20 most relevant chapters from your result list:
    Do a search. When you have a list of results, click the Chapter Results tab.
     
  • Combine keyword and subject searching to focus your results.
 
eBook Collection: Literature & Criticism

Library research guide: For general information on ebooks see How to Find Books & ebooks

Literature - Periodicals and eJournals

General instruction for locating periodical articles is provided in the "How to Find Periodicals" research guide. The following information is specific to the topic.

A-to-Z: Language and Literature ~3,188 periodical titles
From the list, select your subject. Click on a database name below the journal title and follow the links to full text.
A-to-Z: American Literature ~509 titles
A-to-Z: English Literature ~537 titles
 
Try a title keyword search.
1. Go to the A-to-Z Journals List title search page.
2. Type your relevant term(s).
3. Select a journal title and follow the links to the full text.
Language and Literature - Using Reference Books
Reference Databases
To get general and background information on a topic or subject, search the reference databases below or browse the contents of a relevant reference book.
Credo Reference
Credo Reference Book Titles
Credo Reference Topic Pages: Literature
Gale Virtual Reference Library: Literature
Access the database then select from the list of reference book titles (pdf). Or, at the top of the GVRL search page, type your topic to search all GVRL books. Gale More...

In the Library, 4th floor LINC
 
To find specific reference titles, search the ORU library catalog and limit your results to "Reference Collection."
Library of Congress Call Numbers (partial list)
PN   
Literary history and collections (general)
PQ   
Romance literature
PR   
English literature
PS   

American literature

PT   
Germanic literature
Browse the shelves in the PN-PZ call number sections of the reference collection and bound periodicals area. Materials are shelved in Library of Congress (LC) call number order, so similar subjects will be shelved next to each other.
For a detailed call number list see the Library of Congress Classification Outline, Class P - Language and Literature.
Sample titles:
General Reference
Use for background information, brief biographical information, etc.
  • Cassell's Encyclopaedia of World Literature - PN41.C3 LRC-R
    Includes "Histories of the Literature of the World," "General Literary Subjects," and biographies of authors.
  • Companion to the American Short Story - PS374.S5F33 LRC-R
    See Table of Contents. Includes national literatures, forms of literature, articles on individual authors (with some pictures), and a list of Nobel Prize winners for literature 1901-1962.
  • Concise Encyclopedia of Modern World Literature - PN41.C64 LRC-R
    See Table of Contents. Includes national literatures, forms of literature, articles on individual authors (with some pictures), and a list of Nobel Prize winners for literature 1901-1962.
  • A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory - PN41.C83 LRC-R
  • A Dictionary of Writers and Their Works - PN451.C99 LRC-R
  • Handbook to Literature - PN41.H6 LRC-R
Subject Specific Resources
  • African-American Writers - PS153.N5.A3444 LRC-R
  • Asian American Novelists - PS153.A84.A825 LRC-R
  • Flannery O'Conner: An Annotated Reference Guide to Criticism - PS3565.C57.Z857 LRC-R  
  • Harlem Renaissance - NX512.3.A35R63 LRC-R
  • Magill's Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature - PN3433.8.M24 LRC-R
  • Native American Literatures: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes - PS153.I52.W47 LRC-R
  • The Oxford Companion to Women's Writings in the United States- PS147.O94 LRC-R
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature 1975-1991- PN3448.S45R4212 LRC-R
Literature - Websites
Bartleby.com
http://www.bartleby.com
Literary site with access to reference sources, older classics and some copyrighted titles. Includes fiction, non-fiction, and verse.
Chaucer MetaPage
http://www.unc.edu/depts/chaucer
Portal for Chaucer resources on the Internet.
ComicsResearch by Gene Kannenberg's, features The Comics Scholarship Annotated Bibliographies.
http://www.comicsresearch.org/
Donna M. Campbell, Gonzaga University
http://www.gonzaga.edu/faculty/campbell/
Links to American authors, literary movements, and American literature sites. Presents a chronological timeline of events in American literature.
Electronic Text Collections in Western European Literature
http://www.lib.virginia.edu/wess/etexts.html
Literary Resources on the Net
http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit/
Provides links to American literature sites. Compiled by Jack P. Lynch, Ph.D. candidate in English.
The Modern Word
http://www.themodernword.com/themodword.cfm
Focuses of 20th and 21st century authors. Includes reviews, essays, profiles and more.
The New Chaucer Society
http://artsci.wustl.edu/~chaucer/
The Perseus Digital Library
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/
Includes literary collections of primary and secondary materials from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Victorian WebStar
http://www.victorianweb.org/
Wright American Fiction, 1951-1875
http://www.letrs.indiana.edu/web/w/wright2/
A digital library of early American fiction. Hosted by Indiana University.
Directories and Portals
Librarians' Index to the Internet: Literature and Books
http://lii.org/
Selected web sites have been evaluated by librarians. Includes numerous subject categories such as literature by country, authors, folklore, fiction by genre, and full text works.