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RESOURCES FOR ENGLISH 85A

2 November 2010

 DATABASE RESOURCES
(*** Database listed below can only be accessed at the
BCC library or
remotely with passwords that are available
for current BCC students staff or faculty ***)

CREDO REFERENCE:  Provides Online access to over 300 reference books

ACADEMIC SEARCH PREMIER (EBSCO): provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles.

MAGILL ON LITERATURE PLUS (EBSCO): includes all the literary works, reviewed critical analyses and brief plot summaries that are included in MagillOnLiterature, as well as all the biographies and author essays included in MagillOnAuthors.

 

INTERNET RESOURCES

GENERAL

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

English Literature Web Gateways and Search Engines :  “Broad, subject-related sites and subject-specific search engines available without restriction on the World Wide Web.”

The IPL Literary Criticism Collection “contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.”

Literary Glossary from EDSite

Luminarium: An Anthology of English Literature: “This site combines several sites first created in 1996 to provide a starting point for students and enthusiasts of English Literature. Nothing replaces a quality library, but hopefully this site will help fill the needs of those who have not access to one.”

MIT Literature Resources

Norton Anthology Of English Literature: Prepared by the Norton Anthology editors, this extensive, freely accessible Web resource for The Norton Anthology of English Literature offers twenty-seven topics for study and discussion.

 

MIDDLE ENGLISH RESOURCES

  •  Anthology of Middle English Literature (1350-1485)
  •  Index of internet sites on Middle English Literature
  •  Middle English Essays and Articles : “These essays are not intended to replace library research. They are here to show you what others think about a given subject, and to perhaps spark an interest or an idea in you. To take one of these essays, copy it, and to pass it off as your own is known as plagiarism—academic dishonesty which will result (in every university I’ve heard tell of) in suspension or dismissal from the university. Not only are your professors as technology savvy as you are, they will not tolerate theft of another’s intellectual efforts.

 GEOFFREY CHAUCER

ABOUT

 WORKS

 ESSAYS AND ARTICLES

  • Essays and Articles on Chaucer [includes student essays, essays from journals and theses]: “These essays are not intended to replace library research. They are here to show you what others think about a given subject, and to perhaps spark an interest or an idea in you. To take one of these essays, copy it, and to pass it off as your own is known as plagiarism—academic dishonesty which will result (in every university I’ve heard tell of) in suspension or dismissal from the university. Not only are your professors as technology savvy as you are, they will not tolerate theft of another’s intellectual efforts.”
  • Canterbury Tales

 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON CHAUCER

 

 16th CENTURY RENAISSANCE ENGLISH LITERATURE RESOURCES

 EDMUND SPENSER

 ABOUT

 WORKS

 ESSAYS AND ARTICLES

  • Essays and Articles on Spenser [includes student essays, essays from journals and theses]: “These essays are not intended to replace library research. They are here to show you what others think about a given subject, and to perhaps spark an interest or an idea in you. To take one of these essays, copy it, and to pass it off as your own is known as plagiarism—academic dishonesty which will result (in every university I’ve heard tell of) in suspension or dismissal from the university. Not only are your professors as technology-savvy as you are, they will not tolerate theft of another’s intellectual efforts.”
  • IPL List of Essays

 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON SPENSER

 EARLY 17TH CENTURY ENGLISH LITERATURE RESOURCES

 JOHN MILTON

 ABOUT

WORKS

 ESSAYS AND ARTICLES

  • Essays and Articles on Milton [includes student essays, essays from journals and theses]: “These essays are not intended to replace library research. They are here to show you what others think about a given subject, and to perhaps spark an interest or an idea in you. To take one of these essays, copy it, and to pass it off as your own is known as plagiarism—academic dishonesty which will result (in every university I’ve heard tell of) in suspension or dismissal from the university. Not only are your professors as technology-savvy as you are, they will not tolerate theft of another’s intellectual efforts.”
  • IPL List of Essays

 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON JOHN MILTON

 FINDING PRINT RESOURCES

 CALL NUMBERS

The English literature section is arranged chronologically and thematically. Books about authors are shelved with their works.  All books are sorted by Library of Congress call numbers. Since call numbers are directly related to the primary subject of the book, you can browse the collection on the period you are interested in by browsing the following call numbers:

  • For Medieval literature browse PR 1490 through PR 2165
  • For Renaissance prose and poetry (1500 – 1640) browse PR 2200 through PR 2405
  • For Renaissance drama (1500 – 1640) browse PR 2417 through PR 3195
  • For Authors writing 1640 – 1770 browse PR 3300 through PR 3785
  • For Authors writing 1770 – 1900 browse PR 4000 through PR 5925

When looking for a specific work or author it may be more efficient to begin by searching the Library Catalog in order to get a call number range to start browsing in.

 SUBJECT HEADINGS

Subject headings are a type of controlled vocabulary that  is used to take the guesswork out of searching by using a single term or phrase to describe a subject.  Using a standardized controlled vocabulary allows searches to be done quickly and with more accuracy.  While used for the library catalog, they may also be useful search terms when searching databases or the internet.

 Sample Subject Headings Use the following Library of Congress Subject Headings to search in the catalog  

  •  Anglo-Saxons — Intellectual life
  • Civilization, Anglo-Saxon, in literature
  • Civilization, Medieval, in literature
  • Drama, medieval
  • Epic poetry, English (Old) — History and criticism
  • English literature — Old English, ca. 450-1100 — History and criticism
  • Literature, medeival
  • Middle Ages–Literary collections
  • Dramatists, English — Early modern, 1500-1700
  • English Drama –17th Century
  • English literature — Early modern, 1500-1700
  • English poetry — Early modern, 1500-1700
  • Great Britain — Intellectual life — 17th century
  • Humanism
  • Renaissance — England
  • Theater–England–History

Other keywords that may be useful for searching in the catalog and other sources include:

Carolinean, Jacobean, Tudor(s), Elizabethan, Shakespearean, English Renaissance, Restoration

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