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.

EBSCOhost Databases
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Humanities International Complete*
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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.

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.

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NoveList K-8*
A database for readers’ advisory and recommendations for K-8 literature.

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Roget’s International Thesaurus
Synonyms and antonyms with 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references, proverbs and quotations.

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Video Resources

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 (10:47:33)
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 Glorious Romantics: Lord Byron, John Keats, and Percy Bysshe Shelley (1:26:44)
A lover’s delight lay in the words of Lord Byron, John Keats, and Percy Bysshe Shelley as they caressed the English language with their poetic phrases.

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 self-expression.

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 agents.


Dictionary of American Regional English

Literary Criticism


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

Poetry Magazine



Federal Theater Project Collection

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet

Traditional Drama Research Group



Purdue Online Writing Lab

Yahoo Digital Style Guide

American Psychological Association Style

The Elements of Style

LOGOS E-Translation

Modern Language Association Style

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