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English Reading Bank

This resource is a repository of links to texts that are available at no cost to Wichita State students.
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Maria Sclafani
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How to Use This Guide

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Welcome to the English Reading Bank, a repository of links to articles, eBooks, and videos that are either freely available online, or freely available to Wichita State University students, staff, and faculty through the University Libraries. This guide is designed to be a no-cost replacement for a traditional reader for English courses.

Resources are organized by thematic pages, and within each page, links are alphabetized by the authors’ last names. Accompanying each listed resource are two things: 1) a brief summary; 2) a red lock icon or a green open lock icon to indicate whether the resource is freely available (green open lock) or available through the University Libraries (red lock).

There is also a page for an interactive Table of Contents 

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Ask A Librarian

Come talk to a librarian in person at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ablah Library. 

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What are some reasons to contact a librarian?

‚Äč      To find the best resources for your topic
      To discuss strategies and develop skills for searching article databases and the library catalog
      To identify and locate primary source materials


If a librarian is not available, you may also seek assistance from other library staff during library hours who will refer you to the appropriate librarian or department as necessary. 

See the full schedule of library hours including Reference Desk, presession, intersession, and holiday hours for the main library (Ablah) and for the Chemistry and Music branch libraries. Ablah Library hours are also available on an automated phone line: 316-978-3581.

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If chat is not available, send us a question via e-mail.

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         or fill out this form.

Subject Librarians are available to help students, faculty, and staff with their research and library instruction needs. Use the left-hand navigation tabs to find the librarian assigned to a particular subject or college. Contact your subject librarian for assistance or to schedule an appointment for a research consultation.

About This Guide

Maria Sclafani, Coordinator of Library Instructional Services, and Carrie Dickison, Assistant Director of the Writing Program, created this guide to be used in conjunction with ENGL 102: College English II.

Disclaimer: The resources in this collection do not represent the opinions of the Wichita State University (WSU) composition program or WSU faculty. English 102 focuses on critical thinking and writing, and students taking English 102 may be asked to analyze and/or evaluate sources listed on this guide as part of assignments for the course. If you have any suggestions for readings to be added to this collection, please email Carrie Dickison.

Attribution credit: This guide was inspired by the Columbus State Community College Composition Reading Bank Guide, created by Rachel Brooks-Pannell, Shawn Casey, Rebecca Fleming, and Nick Lakostik. That guide is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

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