English and American Literature subject guide



Reference material

Online reference works

  • American National Biography: biographies of over 18,000 men and women from all eras and walks to life, whose lives have shaped America
  • Oxford Reference Online: large collection of online reference works which can be searched singly or as a group. It includes subject and language dictionaries, thesauri, Who's Whos and biographical dictionaries.
  • Oxford Bibliographies: listings of accurate and reliable resources for a wide range of topics collated by academic experts, with articles about current scholarship. You have access to:
    • American Literature
    • British and Irish Literature
    • Victorian Literature
  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED): online version of the authoritative dictionary of the English language
  • Dictionary of National Biography: online version of the major British biographical dictionary
  • Dictionary of Old English Web Corpus: online database consisting of at least one copy of every surviving Old English text, covering over 3 million words of Old English and ca 1 million words of Latin

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