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Materials for English courses include books on literature, composition, and grammar. These resources may be found in the following call number areas and by searching the library catalog.


P 201- 299 English Grammar
P301- 301.5 English Composition
PE 1- 3719 English Language
PN Literary History and Collections(literary criticism,
poetry, drama, prose, essays)
PR English Literature
PS American Literature

You may search using the following subjects:English Authors, English Language Grammar, English Literature, English Poetry.


Reference Works

Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

Electronic Book

Dictionary of Languages

Electronic Book

Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics

Electronic Book

The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style

Electronic Book

The American Heritage Abbreviations Dictionary

Electronic Book

The Cassell Book of English Poetry

Ref PR1173.R4
Contemporary Literary Criticism Ref PN771.G27
Dictionary of Literary Biography Ref PS128.D5
Granger’s Index to Poetry Ref PN1021.G7
Oxford Book of English Verse Ref PR1175.O9
Oxford English Dictionary Ref PE1625.O92
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism Ref PN771.C59








You may access the following databases from any computer workstation on campus. For off-campus access, please follow the instructions found on the library’s homepage under “Off-Campus Access Instructions” or click here for an online tutorial.


Humanities International Complete provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources covering all aspects of the humanities.

Academic Search Complete is a valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.

CQ Researcher provides in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports
on topics in health, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. Click here for an online tutorial.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center combines full-text material from reference works, magazine and newspaper articles, primary sources, statistics, and web sites on current social issues. This is an excellent resource for persuasive papers or speeches on controversial topics. Click here for an online tutorial.

MasterFILE Premier is composed of full text journal and magazine articles, reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection.

NewsBank is a full-text database of newspaper articles from US regional and national newspapers,
wire services, and broadcasts. Links to the Roanoke Times and New York Times newspapers may
be found here as well. Click here for an online tutorial.


African-American Poetry Full-Text Database is a collection of over 2,500 full-text poems written by African American poets in the 18th and 19th centuries.

American Poetry Full-Text Database includes 40,356 poems from 1,288 works by 209 of the
most influential American poets from the Colonial period to the early twentieth century.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Tenth Edition is an online version of the traditional reference work and
contains over 11,000 searchable quotes.

English Poetry Full-Text Database contains over 165,000 full-text poems from pre 1500 through the
end of the 19th century.

English Verse Drama, 1300-1900 provides access to more than 2200 works from the late thirteenth
century through the end of the 19th century .

Internet Movie Database contains a wealth of information about movies and films including plot summaries, casting details and biographies. One will find movie reviews within the Awards and Reviews link.

Literature Resource Center provides full-text access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical
analyses for thousands of authors. Click here for an online tutorial.

Oxford English Dictionary is the premier dictionary of the English language and contains definitions,
etymology, and quotations for each word.

Project Gutenberg , the oldest producer of free electronic books on the Internet, contains over 13.000
eBooks. Most of these are public domain works and all may be freely downloaded and read, and redistributed
for non-commercial use.

Project MUSE is a full-text database of 250 scholarly journals covering the fields of literature and criticism,
history, cultural studies, education, political science, economics and many more.



APA Style Documentation

Chicago Manual of Style (Turabian)

MLA Style Documentation

Knight Cite

Online Writing Lab


Bartleby.com: Great Books Online
provides literature, reference, and poetry with unlimited access free
of charge.

Literary Resources on the Net is a searchable collection of links to Internet sites dealing with English
and American literature.

Literature @ SunSITE contains digital texts that can be read online, printed, or downloaded for further study.

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. 1907–21

English Literature on the Web “…is an index of web pages devoted to several hundred English and Irish authors.”

Internet Public Library: Literary Criticism contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works.

The Norton Anthology of American Literature is a guide for students exploring American literature.


If you have questions regarding any of these resources or need assistance
finding additional information, please Ask a Librarian.