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350+ titles in the humanities and social sciences, including the Blackwell companions and handbooks. Strengths are psychology, sociology, history, literature, philosophy, and religion.

Online version of the Cambridge Companions; offers introductions to major writers, artists, topics and periods within the fields of literature, classics, philosophy, religion and culture.

Contains all titles of the Cambridge Histories series. Topics include political, economic & regional history (ancient to modern) plus language & literature, philosophy, music, religion, science, the performing arts, etc.

Contains five encyclopedias:  Encyclopedia of the Novel, Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, Encyclopedia of Literary & Cultural Theory, Renaissance Literature, and Romantic Literature.

Selective, annotated guide to reference sources in British literature, literatures of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics.

A scholar-curated library of subject bibliographies in the humanities & social sciences; each entry offers a guided tour through key literature on a topic.

Review essays evaluating the current thinking on a field or topic. Articles review the key issues, reveal original arguments and concepts, and set the agenda for new research.

Reference dictionaries and companions, including illustrations, web links, and searching individual titles or by subject area; from Oxford University Press.

Online versions of American Writers, British Writers, European Writers, and World and Genre Writers.

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Traces the development of English from 1150 AD to the present. Entries include spelling, pronunciation, derivation, meaning, and usage. 2nd ed (1989)+ updates.

Documents words, phrases & pronunciations that vary regionally across the United States.  Trial ends 11/23/14.

Defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (600-1150 A.D.) of the English language. DOE font required for proper display, see trouble shooting.

Abbreviations, etymology, grammar, idioms, eponyms, linguistics, slang, proverbs, allusion, fhymes, science, usage, origins, etc.

Contains Middle English Dictionary, HyperBibliography of Middle English (listing the materials cited in the MED), and Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse (a collection of e-texts), with links to associated electronic sources.

Biographical Sources

Reliable scholarly biographies of major figures in American history.

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Biographies from dictionaries, encyclopedias, and magazines. (Formerly Biography Resource Center.)

Covers Irish men and women who made a significant contribution in Ireland and abroad, as well as those born overseas who had noteworthy careers in Ireland.

Lengthy literary biographies by recognized literary scholars and critics, covering past & present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights.

50,000 biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the 4th century BC to the year 2001. 2nd edition, with illustrations.