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The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC)is an international union catalogue listing early books, serials, newspapers and selected ephemera printed between 1473 and 1800. The material is largely in English, though some texts contain a significant amount of Welsh, Irish or Gaelic, and published mainly in the British Isles and North America. The database contains almost 470,000 entries, and represents the holdings of 2,000 libraries world-wide.
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Literature Resource Center offers access to articles from hundreds of journals (many of which are peer-reviewed), biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Users can also find full text of many poems and short stories, as well as book reviews of fiction and non-fiction, including children's, young adult, and adult works.

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The Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography provides access to more than 2 million bibliographic citations to journal articles, books, and dissertations from 1926 to the present in academic disciplines such as language, literature, folklore, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, and the dramatic arts. Some of the citations have abstracts, and the database provides links to full-text when available. Users can search by title, subject, author, as well as journal title, and can link to similar results using related subject lists.

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Academic Search Premier,designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for nearly 4,700 publications, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 8,200 journals in the collection. This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.

Journalism

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The Center for Public Integrity produces investigative journalism about significant public issues with a goal to make institutional power more transparent and accountable.

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The Freedom of Information Center is a reference and research library in the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Established in 1958, the center now has a collection of more than 1 million articles and documents about access to information at the state, federal and local levels, in addition to a wide collection of online documents accessible through its webpage.

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Indianz.com's mission is to provide news, information, and entertainment from a Native American perspective.
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The International Center for Journalists, a non-profit, professional organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide.
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Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.
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Columbia University's Journalism Library homepage contains subject guides and electronic journals in Journalism and Communication, and an index of the most recent five years of Master's projects and M.A. theses completed by graduates of the School.
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Resources designed to serve scholars, journalists and other professionals to access information on the Internet.
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Newswise is a database of current news, archives, wire services, and more for journalists and institutions.
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UC Berkeley's Journalism School maintains resources for students, alumni and journalists, including information on internships and jobs for young journalists as well as mid-career options such as fellowships.
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ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

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The Voice of America is a broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government.

Journals

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Arthuriana, a quarterly, covers all aspects of the Arthurian story from its advent in the Middle Ages to its present. Contributors to the journal include top scholars in the field, whose scholarship brings new perspectives to Arthurian studies; of special interest to librarians and cataloguers.
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Jouvert: a journal of postcolonial studies is a multi-disciplinary journal published tri-annually on the World Wide Web. Articles cover the textual, cultural and political spheres of postcolonial studies.
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Medieval Forum is an electronic journal for the promotion of scholarship in Medieval English Literature.
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SCN, an official organ of the Milton Society of America and Milton Section of the Modern Language Association, is published as a double issue two times each year with the support of the English Department of Texas A&M University. As a scholarly review journal, SCN publishes only commissioned reviews.

Online Text and Document Collections

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The publication of this historic collection in online form restores access to a substantial body of literature, originally published by the Heinemann African Writers Series, much of which is out of print and only accessible in specialist research libraries.  The searchable full-text collection covers the whole historical range of modern African fiction, and includes some of the most important works of African poetry.  Most of the works in the Series come from English-speaking countries in Western, Southern and Eastern Africa, but there are also a number of volumes translated from French, Portuguese, Zulu, Swahili, Acoli, Sesotho, Afrikaans, Luganda and Arabic.

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This website gives full-text access to many literary and scholarly texts written by famous authors and scholars.
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Collection of 2,500 fully digitized children's books published from 1850 to 1900 in the U.S. and U.K.
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The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts offers a simple and straightforward means to discover medieval manuscripts available on the web.
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Classic Reader offers a large collection of free classic books by authors such as Dickens, Austen, Shakespeare and many others. You can read, search and even add your own annotations to any of the classic books. A selection of author biographies and portraits are also available.
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Digital texts and supplemental research materials from one of the world's premier Shakespeare collections.

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Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection containing 215 medieval or Renaissance manuscripts that date between the 11th and 17th centuries.

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NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first

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Scribner Writer's Series includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres, drawn from 13 acclaimed Scribner print series. Users can view a biography of an author's life and works, design their own search, using words or phrases, or customize a search by genre, gender, ethnicity/nationality, time period, and language, and can utilize the Research Ideas section to view topics that might be of research interest. There are also essays on special topics.

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SurLaLune offers over 40 eBooks, including fairy tale and folklore anthologies, critical texts, poetry and fiction.  The index is divided by subject matter and region.

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This database from Rutgers is designed for the study of The Tatler (1709-1711) and The Spectator (1711-1714), two innovative eighteenth-century periodicals, both of which are completely available here.

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Twayne's Authors Series comprises works found in United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors. Users have access to a total of over 600 individual full-text titles that provide literary criticism, introductions to authors' lives and works, and information about literary genres and literary history. Researchers can search by author, title, or subject heading, among others; results range from work overviews to critical essays. The database provides a list of titles covered to assist in searching.

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The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP): Primarily concerned with the exposure of lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century, the collection contains an array of genres, including poetry, novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, histories, and more.

Poetry

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The Academy of American Poets provides the most important collection of awards for poetry in the United States. Awards are available for poets at every stage in their careers, from first-book prizes to lifetime achievement awards. Guidelines, entry forms, and lists of winners are available online.
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The American Verse Project is a collaborative project between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative (HTI) and the University of Michigan Press. The project is assembling an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920.
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With thousands of poems by hundreds of authors, Bartleby.com offers one of the largest free collections of verse on the web.
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An electronic collection of texts from the University of California, Davis.
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Listen to audio of poets reading poems.
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EPC aims to make available a wide range of resources centered on digital and contemporary poetry, new media writing, and literary programming.
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The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library collects SGML and XML texts and images on history, literature, and more.
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MAPS is a forum for the study of modern American poetry.
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The Museum of American Poetics coordinates the American Poet Greats Series.
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Over 5,000 hours of audio recordings, including readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University), founded in 1974 by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg.

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Poetry Archives collects thousands of classical poems.
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Audio recordings of leading 20th-century poets.

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Each year the MTA and the Poetry Society select poems and post them on New York City's subways and buses.
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Poetry Portal is a directory of worldwide poetry online.
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Poets' Corner is a library of works by hundreds of authors covering thousands of years.
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Representative Poetry Online includes 3,162 English poems by 500 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today.

Poetry Criticism

How to Find Poetry Criticism
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POETS & POEMS

To find information on a poet or critical interpretations of his or her works, begin by checking the CUNY+ online catalog.  In the left hand box labeled “select search type,” click on the tab “subject begins with.” Then, type in the author’s name (Last name, followed by first name) in the search box.

e.g.  Ginsberg, Allen

 

EXPLICATION OF A PARTICULAR POEM

Literature Resource Center

http://go.galegroup.com/ps/start.do?prodId=LitRC&authCount=1

This database is a good place to find biographical and critical articles on literary authors and their works.  Simply type the poet’s last name “and” the title of the work you are looking for in the search box.

e.g.  Yeats and second coming

A major advantage this source provides is that all of the articles listed are available in full text.

MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography

http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/cuny_broo39667?db=MLA&ugroup=re...

The most comprehensive database in the field, this reference source provides access to more than 2 million bibliographic citations to journal articles, books, and dissertations from 1926 to the present in academic disciplines such as language, literature, folklore, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, and the dramatic arts. The database can be searched by author, title, subject, and keyword.  Keywords can be connected with Boolean operators (“and,” “or,” “not”) to combine terms:

e.g.  Find:  (marriage or adultery or sex) and Canterbury Tales

The Disadvantage: While some results will link to full text, most will only provide citations, which will then have to be checked in the CUNY+ catalog or the e-journals finder to verify whether or not the BC Library owns the item.

Additional Full Text Online Sources:

JSTOR

Project Muse

Magill On Literature/Online

Twayne’s Author Series

Critical Insights

Gale Virtual Reference Center

 

Additional Print Indexes & Bibliographies:

 

Look under the poet’s last name, then under the title of the poem that interests you.  If the citation is to a journal article, check the e-journals finder to see whether or not it is available in full text; if it is not, check the CUNY+ catalog to see if the library owns a paper or microfilm copy.  If the citation is to a book, check the CUNY+ catalog under the title of the book or the author or editor’s last name.  

 

Poetry explication: a checklist of interpretation since 1925 of British and American poems past. (Brooklyn Reference Z2014.P7 K8) Note: A key to periodical title abbreviations in the citations appears at the front of the volume; references to book titles are found in a bibliography at the end of the volume.

 

Magill’s Bibliography of Literary Criticism. 4v. (Brooklyn - Reference - Z6511 .M25)

 

American and British Poetry: A Guide to the Criticism 1925-1990. 2v. (Brooklyn - Reference - Z1231.P7 A44)

 

Articles on 20th Century Literature: An Annotated Bibliography, 1954-1970. 7v. (Brooklyn - Reference - Z6519 .A7 1954/1970)

 

Articles on American Literature 1900-1975. (Brooklyn - Reference - Z1225 .A77)

 

Guide to British poetry explication. 4v. (Brooklyn - Reference - Z2014.P7 M34 1991) Covers British Poetry from the Anglo-Saxon through Victorian periods.  Note: A key to periodical title abbreviations in the citations appears at the front of each volume; references to book titles are found in a bibliography at the end of each volume.

 

 

Revised by William Gargan, Language & Literature Bibliographer (Spring 2013)

Reference Resources

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An online dictionary of slang from a British perspective, with new slang added every month.
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The ARTFL Project is developing Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (G & C. Merriam Co., 1913, edited by Noah Porter).
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This tenth edition of 1919 contains over 11,000 searchable quotations and was the first new edition of John Bartlett?s corpus to be published after his death in 1905?the new editor, however, choosing more to supplement than revise the work of the first name in quotations.
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This site provides the etymology and history of first names.
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Indexes to fiction published in magazines.

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The Middle English Dictionary online offers analysis of lexicon and usage for the period 1100-1500, based on the analysis of a collection of over three million citation slips.
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The citation style used in the humanities. For an online tutorial see: http://library.hunter.cuny.edu/tutorials/mla/mla_tutorial.html.

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The Oxford English Dictionary is the authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 3 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals, to film scripts and cookery books. Users can find information on earliest recorded use (including citations), etymology, and changes in spelling.

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Get more rhyming words with Rhymer's 93,000-word dictionary.

Subject Directories

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A collection of links to Internet sites dealing with English and American literature.
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Guide to literature resources on the web.