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E-Reference Items for English (34)

Name Description
American Heritage Book of English Usage A practical and authoritative guide to comtemporary English with a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms.
Canadian Encyclopedia Online

Contains the complete text of the encyclopedia in English and French and links to related Web sites.

Collins Dictionaries From HarperCollins Publishers. Coverage includes British & American English dictionaries, a thesaurus, and translation dictionaries for French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The translation dictionaries are bilingual, e.g. French/English, English/French, but the search results provide equivalents in many other languages.
Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature “This abridged and updated edition … presents more than 400 biographies of authors, critics, literary characters, and historical figures, and 150 plot summaries of major works.” [RR]
Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature Contains “brief biographies of important authors, plot summaries of individual works, descriptions of important literary movements, and a wealth of information on other aspects of American literary life and history from the Colonial period to the modern era.” [RR]
Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature Covers all aspects of English literature including character entries, plot summaries, literary movements, critics, critical theories, literary societies, periodicals, libraries, copyright, censorship, coffee houses, actors and actresses, printers, publishers, booksellers, and private presses, and author biographies. [RR]
Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature "This comprehensive guide spans sixteen centuries of the literature and literary culture of Ireland." [RR]
Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology "Based on The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, the principal authority on the origin and development of English words, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology contains a wealth of information about the English language and its history. Find out where the words 'bungalow' and 'assassin' came from, what 'nice' meant in the Middle Ages and much more." [RR]
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms Contains "over 1,000 of the most troublesome literary terms." [RR]
Dictionary of Old English, Old English corpus This 2004 Release of the Dictionary of Old English Corpus presents "a complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts." [RR]
Dictionary of Shakespeare Offers "up-to-date information on all aspects of Shakespeare in his own time and on his impact and influence on later ages." [RR]
Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics (Second Edition) ELL2 "cannot be surpassed for its depth, currency, interdisciplinary coverage, and sheer comprehensiveness.” Coverage includes  the language situation in countries all over the world, language education policies in the world's major regions, language and the brain, animal communication, second-language acquisition, etc. [RR]
Encyclopedia of Rhetoric Covers the knowledge from classics, philosophy, literature, literary theory, cultural studies, speech and communications, and discusses basic concepts and themes throughout rhetoric. [RR]
Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment The coverage from 1670 to 1815 includes Western Europe, North America, Brazil, and Iberian, Russian, Jewish, and Eastern European cultures. [RR]
Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages Provides articles on all aspects of the period from the fifth to the fifteenth century. [RR]
English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) An international project established at the British Library in 1977. Aims “to create a machine-readable bibliography of books, serials, pamphlets and other ephemeral material printed in English-speaking countries from 1473 to 1800, based on the collections of over 1,600 institutions world-wide… .”
Glossary of Literary Terms A useful free resource from Gale. Its Lit Kit also provides access to How to Write a Term Paper, and Citing Information from Thomson Gale Databases.
International Encyclopedia of Linguistics Covers topics in linguistics, including areas of historical, comparative, formal, mathematical, functional, philosophical, and sociolinguistics. [RR]
Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism "An encyclopaedic guide to critical theory. Although particularly relevant to literature and linguistic studies, it may also be of interest to researchers in social sciences and humanities." [RR]
Literary Encyclopedia Covers world literatures in English. Provides "profiles of authors and texts, and basic knowledge on their cultural contexts." Includes major philosophers and philosophies, and information on major historical events. [RR]
Literature Online (LION) A searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, literary journals and other criticism and reference sources. [RR]
New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics 3rd ed., completely rev. “This new edition ... assesses 106 national poetries, with coverage of every significant poetry tradition in the world.” [RR]
OneLook Dictionaries "Searches 300+ dictionaries at once. Links to spelling checkers and subject dictionaries in law, medicine, finance, etc.."
Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English "This is the most comprehensive guide to modern poetry in English." [RR]
Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance Covers all aspects of the Renaissance in 14th to 17th century Europe, including the art, literature, science, culture, philosophy, religion, economics, history, and conflict of the period. [RR]
Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins "The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins describes the origins and development of over 3,000 words and phrases in the English language…Organized A-Z, the entries include first known use along with examples that illustrate the many faces of the particular word or phrase." [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature Surveys the American literature in 350 essays from leading scholars, covering the American literary history from the 1600s to the present day. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature Provides comprehensive coverage of the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature Documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. Includes brief biographies of major authors and illustrators. [RR]
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation Covers the entire range of religious and social changes that altered Europe in the sixteenth century, including issues of church polity and theology, developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature. [RR]
Oxford English Dictionary

“This web site provides access to OED online, the material contained in the acclaimed 20-volume Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary and the 3 volumes of Additions, and draft material from the current OED project, representing the latest progress toward a completely revised and updated Third Edition.”

Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies This handbook is currently in development; see the Contents for specific articles. [RR]
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture This 2nd ed. covers “topics and persons in major areas of popular culture: film; music; print culture; social life; sports; television and radio; and art and performance (which include theater, dance, stand-up comedy, and other live performances”. [RR]
Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900 A directory of 50,000 newspapers and periodical publications published in England during the 19th century. This edition of the directory is the second in a series of five. Series 3-5 are forthcoming. Ultimately the 5th and final edition will provide descriptive entries for some 125,000 titles. [RR]

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