English Language and Literature
English Language and Literature Reference Books available through Cardinal Meyer Library:
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Academic Search Premier*
A multi-disciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles.
Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research
projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries,
thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images
and audio files, and nearly 100 videos.
Search multiple EBSCO databases simultaneously. Custom select any number
of databases from the library's complete list available through EBSCO.
Gale Virtual Reference
Electronic books providing reference and analysis in the liberal arts.
Humanities International Complete*
Provides comprehensive coverage of the humanities with full-text content.
An archive of core scholarly journals in the arts and sciences.
Literary Reference Center*
A comprehensive literary reference database covering antiquity to the present day, LRC includes information from books, major literary encyclopedias, reference works and journals.
Poems, stories, essays, speeches, plays, biographies, etc. for children and young adults.
Merriam–Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus
Database containing 225,000 entries, including more than 10,000 new words and definitions.
MLA International Bibliography
Citations from journals, books and dissertations dating back to the 1920s.
A database for readers' advisory and recommendations.
A database for readers' advisory and recommendations for K-8 literature.
Omni File Full Text Select
Multidisciplinary full text database.
Oxford English Dictionary
Authoritative dictionary containing definitions, etymologies, and quotations illustrating usage.
Full-text journals in literature and criticism, history, visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, etc.
Roget's International Thesaurus
Synonyms and antonyms with 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references, proverbs and quotations.
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Films on Demand
Multidisciplinary documentary film resource.
Videos from Films on Demand:
The Story of English Series (8:45:04)
A work of profound scholarship and powerful storytelling from host
Robert MacNeil, this classic nine-part PBS series remains one of the
great narratives of linguistic studies—and is now available on digitally
re-mastered, menu-driven DVD. Steeped in history, geography, sociology,
and political drama, The Story of English has little to do with
dictionaries, official documents, or highbrow literature. It is a tale
of language used for immediate needs—in street talk, popular
entertainment, war, and trade—and it covers more than a millennium of
civilization’s ebb and flow. Vividly capturing a sense of global
dynamics, the series travels to 16 countries and across 5 continents as
it follows the evolutionary path of the first worldwide language. 9-part
series, 58–59 minutes each.
Ten Great Writers of the Modern World Series (9:55:54)
Blending superbly enacted drama with expert commentary and biography,
this series spotlights the principal works of T. S. Eliot, James Joyce,
Luigi Pirandello, and seven other icons of literary modernism. A
separate discussion of their ideas by a panel of eminent contemporary
writers and critics rounds out the series, both complementing and
unifying it. 11-part series, 53-61 minutes each.
The Romantics Series (2:58:56)
Filmed on location at British and French historical sites, this
three-part series delves into the art, literature, and politics of 18th-
and 19th-century Europe—telling the tumultuous story of Romanticism and
its reshaping of Western culture. Through imaginative reenactments and
incisive commentary, the series explores the writings and achievements
of the movement’s leaders—including William Blake, Samuel Taylor
Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, and Percy and Mary Shelley.
The result is a powerful illustration of an era that continues to
influence today’s artistic and intellectual climate.
Writing Lessons Series (2:50:07)
To learn about the writing life, ask a writer. Commentary by dozens of
authors and allied professionals makes this scrapbook-style six-part
series a fascinating and informative learning experience for students of
creative writing and literature. A mix of interviews, panel
discussions, mini-documentaries, profiles, and fun facts, these programs
offer valuable insights into issues as varied as dealing with rejection
letters and bad reviews, the importance of research when writing a
novel, the impact of blogging on writing, rising niche genres such as
graphic novels, and censorship, a threat aimed at the very jugular of
The Path to Publication: Advice from Authors, Editors, and Agents Series (11:52:54)
This seven-volume series takes viewers inside the prestigious Squaw
Valley Community of Writers workshops, where the faculty comprises
significant authors such as Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Richard Ford, Janet
Fitch, and Mark Childress as well as agents, editors, and publishers
from New York and Los Angeles. Each volume contains two complete program
segments and focuses on a different aspect of writing. An essential
resource both for novices looking to improve their technique and for
experienced writers who are polishing their manuscripts and looking for
Dictionary of American Regional English
Voice of the Shuttle: Literature in English
The Cambridge History of English and American Literature
Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature
Norton Anthology of English Literature
American Verse Project
U.S. Poet Laureate
Federal Theater Project Collection
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
Traditional Drama Research Group
Writing/ Style Guides
Purdue Online Writing Lab
Yahoo Digital Style Guide
American Psychological Association Style
The Elements of Style
Modern Language Association Style
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