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@ Morris Library.

Cover Art
Language, Truth, and Literature: a defence of literary humanism - Richard Gaskin
Call Number: PR428.H8 G37 2013
ISBN: 0199657904
Publication Date: 2013-06-10

Key Databases

Try these links to search scholarly articles, primary sources, and more. Don't see what you're looking for? See All English Databases.

  • MLA International Bibliography  
    Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to 1963 and contains over 1.7 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series, and 1,000 book publishers.
  • Literature Online (LION)  
    Over 350,000 works of poetry, prose, and drama from the 8th to the 21st century. Also includes an extensive collection of criticism and reference materials. Contains ABELL.
  • JSTOR  
    Full text, non-current scholarly journals in multiple disciplines.
  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)  
    Includes monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published anywhere in the world; unpublished doctoral dissertations are covered for the period 1920–1999.
  • Project Muse  
    Worldwide networked access to the full text of all Johns Hopkins University Press' scholarly journals covering such disciplines as psychology, classics, cinema, medicine, literature, history, and more.
  • ERIC (EBSCO)  
    An index for searching the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) database. Some full-text may be missing.
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals  
    Info on 7,100 journal titles, including editorial contact info, frequency of publication, descriptions of the periodicals' scopes, circulation figures, subscription prices and addresses, advertising information, submission guidelines, statistics on numbers of articles and book reviews published versus submitted each year.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete  
    Robust database of communication and media studies periodicals.

Also Try

For primary resources and searching in multi-disciplinary scholarly databases. Don't see what you're looking for? See All English Databases.

  • Books in Print  
    "A bibliographic database with more than 5 million in-print, out-of-print, forthcoming, book,audio book, and video titles."
  • British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries  
    "British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries includes the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters..."
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism  
    Critical analysis and biographical information on over 100,000 authors, published between 1973, vol. 1 to 2012, vol. 324.
  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans digital edition (1639-1800)  
    Based on the renowned American Bibliography by Charles Evans and enhanced by Roger Bristol's Supplement to Evans' American Bibliography.
  • Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819  
    This primary source database provides full-text access to the 36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the first nineteen years of the nineteenth century.
  • Early English Books Online  
    From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this collection now contains about 100,000 titles of early English literature.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography  
    The national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. Includes more than 58,600 biographies.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature  
    "This award-winning Encyclopedia surveys the vibrant terrain of American literature in 350 essays from leading scholars, encompassing the range and depth of American literary history from the 1600s to the present day...
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature  
    Provides comprehensive coverage of the history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, individual authors, and histories of literary themes, movements, genres, and institutions.
  • Oxford English Dictionary  
    The OED is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium.
  • Kanopy Streaming Videos  
    A streaming video resource with a collection of over 26,000 documentary and narrative films from producers such as Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, New Day Films, HBO, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, BBC, and First Run Features.

Digital Archives & Projects

  • The Shelley-Godwin Archive
    Digitized manuscripts of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Includes early drafts of Frankenstein with comparison of Percy and Mary Shelley's contributions.
  • Harry Ransom Center Digital Collections (The University of Texas at Austin)
    Includes digitized manuscripts and images from Lewis Carroll, The Bronte Family, Evelyn Waugh, Edgar Alan Poe, John Beecher, David Foster Wallace, as well as early modern and medieval manuscripts in the Carl H. Pforzheimer collection.
  • Walt Whitman Archive
    An electronic research and teaching tool that sets out to make Whitman's vast work, for the first time, easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and general readers.
  • Electronic Book Review (ebr)
    Part peer-reviewed journal of book reviews, part hyper-mediated digital project, ebr provides essays on literary theory & criticism from the "emergent digital literary network."
  • Mapping Thoreau Country
    Uses digitized historical maps, archival documents, and images to map Henry David Thoreau's travels through the United States.

Search I-Share @ Morris Library, the library's catalog

Search books, journals, government documents, videos, DVDs, music CDs, and music scores.

Search I-Share @ Morris Library

Can't find it at Morris?

Request items from around the world through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Interlibrary Loan
    If there's a book not in I-Share, we'll find it. If there's an article that says "We don't have this online," we will get it for you. Just sign up for an Interlibrary Loan account (click First-Time User). Request articles through "Request a Photocopy".
  • WorldCat  
    Worldwide catalog of library resources. See if it's in I-Share, SIU, or locate items to request via ILL.



For in-depth arguments (often) not yet published, try these databases of dissertations and theses.

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