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This guide includes resources that will assist you in completing your class assignments and research. Most of these resources are freely available online; however, only WSU students, staff and faculty may access resources with the  icon. If you have any questions or need help using any of these resources, please get in touch with your librarian via the contact information to the right.

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Databases (back to top)

19th Century U.S. Newspapers WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Full text available
Digital facsimile images of full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers. Each issue is captured cover-to-cover with access to every article, advertisement and illustration. Alternate title:  Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers.  View terms of use.  (Gale)

19th Century UK Periodicals WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Link to full text Full text available

19th Century UK Periodicals is a major multi-part series which covers the events, lives, values and themes that shaped the 19th century world. It is mainly based on the repositories of the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of South Africa, the National Library of Australia, and many others.  View terms of use.  (Gale)

Google Scholar WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Some full text available Abstracts available
Provides access to scholarly sources across many disciplines including articles, theses, books, etc. from a variety of publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Links to full-text when available.

Humanities Full Text WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Link to full text Full text available
The most comprehensive resource available in its field, Humanities Full Text brings you full text plus abstracts and bibliographic indexing of the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines. The database indexes, abstracts and delivers the full text of feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, drama, and poetry, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, radio and television programs, and more. Coverage dates:  Indexing 1984+, Abstracting 1984+, “select” Full Text 1994+  (EBSCO)   View terms of use

JSTOR WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Link to full text Full text available
Online access to core scholarly journals in business, education, health, arts & humanities, life sciences, literature, physical sciences, and social sciences. Coverage begins with the first issue of each journal.   View terms of use.

Literary Reference Center WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Full text available
A full-text database that provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing.   (EBSCO)   View Terms of Use

Literature Online (LION) WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Link to full text Full text available
Full-text library of poetry and prose fiction from almost every period and genre of English literature. Includes full-text literary criticism and reference sources. Coverage: 7th century-present. 4 simultaneous users.  View terms of use.  (ProQuest)  

Literature Resource Center (LRC) WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Link to full text Full text available
Full-text access to biographies, bibliographies, literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world. 5 simultaneous users.  View terms of use.  (Gale)

MLA International Bibliography WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Link to full text Some full text available Abstracts available
Citations to articles in journals and book series as well as working papers and proceedings in literature, language, linguistics, and literary criticism in all languages. Book reviews not included. Produced by Modern Language Association. Coverage: 1926-present. View terms of use.  (Proquest)

Nineteenth Century Collections Online WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Full text available
A multi-year global digitization and publishing program focused on primary source collections of the “long” nineteenth century. Collections for this program are sourced through partnerships with major world libraries as well as specialist libraries, and content includes monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more.  Current collections include:  British Politics and Society; Asia and the West:  Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange; British Theatre, Music, and Literature:  High and Popular CultureCorvey Collection of European Literature:  1790-1840; Europe and Africa:  Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest; Photography: the World Through the Lense; Science, Technology and Medicine: 1780-1925; and Women: Transnational Networks.  (Gale)  View Terms of Use 

Note:  A gift of the Frank and Harvey Ablah Families Library Fund.

Oxford English Dictionary WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Full text available
Online edition of accepted authority and guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of words in the English language. Provides comprehensive etymological analysis and listing of variant spellings while tracing the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations. (OUP)

Project MUSE WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Link to full text Full text available
Full-text access to current content from high quality, peer-reviewed journals in the humanities and social sciences, including literature and criticism, history, visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and economics. Coverage varies.

Salem Literature WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Full text available
Provides complete content of printed reference sets in literature including the Critical Survey of Long Fiction.  (Salem Press)

WorldCat WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Abstracts available Index
World's most comprehensive bibliography with over 40 million records of all types of materials (e.g. books, dissertations, manuscripts, serials, sound recordings, videos) cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Coverage:1200-present. (OCLC).

E-Books (back to top)

eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary) WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Link to full text Full text available Index
Over 7,000 reference and other e-books in all subject areas purchased and shared with libraries in Kansas and eleven other states as well as a public collection of nearly 4,000 e-books that are in the public domain. View terms of use.  (EBSCO)

Information on how to create an account, click here.

Newspapers (back to top)

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2009) with Index (1851-1993) WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Full text available Index
Provides access to the New York Times online for the years 1851-2009. This database offers full-page-images and article images. Digital reproductions of every page from every issue, cover to cover, in downloadable PDF files.  (Proquest)

Reference Sources (back to top)

Dictionary of Old English Project Available to everyone
From the University of Toronto. Two research tools are available: a variant phrase search and a list of texts cited in the dictionary.

Gale Virtual Reference Library WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Link to full text Full text available
Collection of ebook reference works in all disciplines including multivolume encyclopedias, biographical directories, business plan handbooks, consumer health references, dictionaries, etc. View terms of use. (Gale)

Luminarium Available to everyone
A online encyclopedia covering Medieval, Renaissance, 17th Century and Restoration-studies.

Oxford Reference Online Premium WSU Faculty, Staff & Students only Full text available
Full-text to dictionaries, reference books, and encyclopedias published by Oxford University Press in a broad range of subjects: general reference, language, science and medicine, humanities and social sciences, and Business. 4 simultaneous users. (OUP)

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature Available to everyone
A research and reference guide edited by Dr. Paul Reuben, Professor Emeritus in the English Department at Cal State University - Stanislaus.

Resources for Electronic Research Available to everyone
Links to web sites on topics in the Reformation and Renaissance. From the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.

Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric Available to everyone
A guide to terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric. From Brigham Young University.

Web sites (back to top)

Routes of English Available to everyone
From the BBC, a site about the English Language and how it developed. Includes links to recordings of over 50 regional accents and dialects of English as it is spoken in the British Isles.

Scribbling Women Available to everyone
30-minute radio dramatizations of short stories by 18th century American women writers. *Windows Media Player is required.

Voice of the Shuttle Available to everyone
A "best of the Web" portal with many links to resources in the Humanities, Literature, Literary Theory, and more.

Criticism & Theory
Illuminations: The Critical Theory Web Site This site offers articles, book chapters, and excerpts from classic and contemporary critical theorists.

Literature Online

Literature Resource Center

MLA International Bibliography
Book Awards, Reviews, & Lists
Book Awards
BookSpot Browse by major award or literary genre.

BookWeb Industry Awards A comprehensive list of literary awards.

Book Reviews
America's Historical Newspapers Search for historic book reviews. Full-text coverage of early American newspapers from all 50 states.

Custom Newspapers Search "book review" as a keyword in the Advanced Search option to find fiction and nonfiction book reviews.

Reviews of Books Links to professional reviews of books having received at least three reviews from respected sources.

Book Lists
Books on the Air New York Public Library's weekly feature of books mentioned on television and NPR.

Bookwire Lists of bestsellers, titles to watch, and more.

English Short-Title Catalog A searchable database of items published between 1473 and 1800 worldwide, in many different languages.

*Be sure to also check out the Readers Advisory & Leisure Reading guide for more information on the Libraries' leisure reading collection in addition to a number of links to blogs, reviews, book lists and more.