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British Literature Research Guide

Biographical Resources  -  General and background information on an author.


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Dictionaries & Encyclopedias  - General and background information on a topic.

Electronic Resources

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts A collection of digital documents including items from American literature, English literature, and Western philosophy. Allows users to make their own ebook version, including PDF documents.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare  Contains information on the works of William Shakespeare includes a discussion area as well as links to his plays and poetry. Plays are arranged in three categories:  tragedy, comedy, and history.

English Literature and Composition Resources on the Internet This site contains a list of links to sites with information on English literature, composition/rhetoric and writing.

English Literature on the Web Extensive list of links to literary resources.

The English Server  This site publishes texts in the arts and humanities, broadly defined. The collections include art, architecture, drama, fiction, poetry, history, political theory, cultural studies, philosophy, women's studies, and music.  A search engine for the site is provided.

Literary Resources on the Net  A collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature, excluding most single electronic texts, and is limited to collections of information useful to academics.

Luminarium Information regarding Middle English literature, Renaissance literature, and 17th century literature.   All the sections focus on English Literature and each has essentially the same format:  clickable names of writers or works.

Medieval Feminist Index The Medieval Feminist Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.

Shakespeare and the Internet  This site attempts to be a complete annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on Internet.

Surfing with the Bard  Provides all kinds of information about Shakespeare and his plays. Includes a creative Shakespeare 101 guide to the Bard and his language-which points out the use of Shakespearean motifs in such popular programs as Star Trek:  The Next Generation. 

The Victorian Web The Victorian Web is the WWW translation of Brown University's Context 61, which serves as a resource for courses in Victorian literature.

Literary Criticism - Literary criticism analyzes, compares and contrasts, interprets, or evaluates works of literature. The print and electronic resources listed below contain biographical information on authors and critical essays regarding their literary works. Most of these indexes list scholarly journals and books on a specific work. Choose the reference work which is most related to your author and the literary time period.

The best sources to use above are the ones with "criticism" in their title. These multi-volume works have an index in the last volume which indexes all of the volumes by the title or by the author. The excerpts in the "criticism" resources are actual reprints from scholarly journals and books. Each article or book excerpt/reprint can be used as a quote or source in a research paper. Logan Library may not have the journal or the book, but the most important part of the literary criticism is reprinted in these books.

Print Indexes

Plot Summaries - Includes type of work (drama, poetry, biography, novel, history, speech, treatise, etc.), characters, a critique or short critical analysis of the book and a plot summary.