Monday, September 16, 2013

Literature and language selected reference sources

Required reading:
Wyatt, Neal. "Mapping the Reference Maze". Library Journal, 8/15/2003, Vol. 128 Issue 13, p49, 4p.
Recommends several U.S. and British literature references for library collections. Description of a typical core collection; recommended biographies; Web sites; List of suggested dictionaries and encyclopaedias.

Subject guides/pathfinders
Academic Writing

Books & Literature Links

Children’s Literature

Children’s Literature (print-only)


A Guide to Sources of Reviews and Criticism in Literature and Language

Literature and Language (print-only)

Literature: English Canadian (print-only)

Literature: Twentieth-Century (print-only)

Online sources
Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
Use this site to find the answer to your questions concerning proper English grammar and punctuation. Based on Jane Straus’ book of the same name.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
A comprehensive guide for grammar and writing sponsored by Capital Community-Technical College, Hartford, CT.

The Text Doctor
The English and Language Resources page provides a collection of writing-related reference sources.
Web portal specializing in information about any language in the world. Based on the former scholarly site “A Web of Dictionaries.” Main service is access to dictionaries in many languages but also offers FAQs about language.

Canadian Literature Archive
Emphasizes bibliographic aids and links to sources on Canadian writing. From University of Manitoba and St. John’s College.

Gale’s Literary Index
A master index to the major literature series published by the Gale Group. It combines and cross references more than 130,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and more than 140,000 titles into one source.

Literary Resources on the Net
A searchable site maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers’ University.

A publisher’s Website covering fiction, drama, essays, poetry, and critical theory. Sites are organized alphabetically by author.

The Modern Word
Focuses on 20th and 21st century English and American authors.

Online Literary Criticism Collection
An Internet Public Library site. Contains over 5,000 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period. Links to IPL pathfinders, Online Literary Criticism Guide and Literacy Criticism Pathfinder

Poetry Portal
A gateway to poetry sites.

Storytellers: Native American Authors Online
Provides a list of Web pages for many contemporary Native American authors.

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