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English and American Literature   Tags: american_literature, english, english_literature, literary, literary_criticism, literature  

This guide is an overview of the different resources available for research in English and American Literature.
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Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Biographical Resources

Use these key reference resources to come up with topics and to find background information, overviews and biographies. For a complete list of reference resources, scroll down to the "More Getting Started Databases in BrandeisScholar" box.

  • Oxford English Dictionary  
    Use this historical dictionary to trace the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past.
  • Literature Resource Center  
    A premier resource for information on literary figures, use Literature Resource Center to find biographies, critical essays, a comprehensive list of writings, sidelights about the author's development and a listing of critical sources.
  • Literature Online (LION)  
    Primarily known as an e-book and e-text database, LION also contains dictionaries, encylopedias and online criticisms. Good for locating biographical information, a list of the author's works, and criticisms.
  • Oxford Reference Online Premium: Literature  
    Contains full-text of key literature reference works published by OUP, including titles from the acclaimed Oxford Companions and Oxford Dictionaries series.
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism - Select  
    Use this database to locate critical essays on contemporary authors. Each CLC--Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, critical essays, and sources for further study.

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