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Biographies and criticism of authors, playwrights, journalists, and scriptwriters published in English from 1900 to today.
Searchable online reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and quotation books in many subject areas.
Literary Reference Center
Contains full text from reference works and literary journals including plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, author interviews, and classic texts.
Literature Criticism Online
Online version of Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC), Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism (NCLC), Drama Criticism and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism sets. Collects critical writing about literary works/authors.
Literature Resource Center
Author biographies, work overviews, literary criticism and bibliographies.
Middle English Dictionary
A comprehensive analysis of Middle English lexicon and usage for the period 1100-1500. (Free website.)
Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Current, online version of the definitive dictionary of the English language. Traces the evolution of a word over time.
Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
Oxford encyclopedia covering the 5th to the 15th century.
Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, 2004
350 essays on American literary history from the 1600s to the present; essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, major works, literary movements, periods, and themes.
Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, 2006
History of literature in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages (Anglo-Saxon, English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, and Latin)– individual authors and particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
Encyclopedia covering children’s literature, international in scope.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Rhetoric
Classical studies, philosophy, literature, literary theory, cultural studies, speech, and communications on the art of persuasion.
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
Encyclopedia covering the social, political and religious changes of the Reformation and the sixteenth century.
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