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English Language and Literature

General Reference

These tools will help you find out background information on authors, literary history, and more.

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The Literary Research Guide is a selective, annotated guide to reference sources essential to the study of British literature, literatures of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics.

The MLA Directory of Periodicals will help you discover publishing information for journals in the field of literature, language, and folklore.


The Oxford English Dictionary online is an important resource to consult to help you:

  • define words
  • discover the etymology (origins) of a word in the English language
  • understand how the meaning of words has changed over time