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Suggested Ebooks

Visit the eBook Collections page for links to thousands of ebooks from several ebook providers. RPCC ebooks are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students will be prompted to login with their Library User ID or Alt. ID, and PIN to access these ebooks from off-campus.


Suggested Databases

 Academic Search Complete: Articles from 5,500+ journals and other sources, multiple subject areas.

 Gale In Context: Biography: Biographies, magazine articles, images, and website links for more than 900,000 people.

 CQ Researcher: In-depth, non-biased full-text reports on topics and issues in the news.

 Films On Demand: Academic and Archival Films across all disciplines and Newsreels Collections.

 Gale Ebooks: Reference sources for just about any research topic.

 JSTOR: The Scholarly Archive: articles from scholarly journals in the arts and sciences, humanities, business, etc.

 LearningExpress PrepSTEP: Core English Skills: Test preparation, computer skills, online learning, job skills. Practice tests, e-books, and more. Visit How to Access RPCC Library Resourcesfor more information.

 Nexis Uni: Features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources – including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.

 Literary Reference Center Plus: Full-text information on authors & literature from journals, reference books, and more, plus over 7400 classic novels.

 Gale Literature Resource Center: Author information, overviews, literary criticism and reviews.

 OED: Oxford English Dictionary: A comprehensive dictionary of over 500,000 English language words.

 Oxford Reference: Full-text general and subject-specific reference sources.

 Salem Literature: Full-text reference sources, including Critical Surveys and Masterplots.

 Gale Literature: Scribner Writer Series: Full-text essays and critical reviews on over 1,600 authors and literary genres.

 Gale Literature: Twayne’s Author Series: Full-text information and biographies on world, U.S., and English authors.


Suggested Streaming Videos

Composition and Writing

Literature and Literary Analysis

Browse for more videos on Films On Demand - English.

Browse for more videos from Films on Demand on Art and Architecture.


Special Topics: MLA Help

Important note: The 9th edition of the MLA Handbook was published in April of 2021. Not all resources that provide MLA citations may be updated to the latest edition. Be sure to check course syllabi or ask instructors which edition should be used.

Suggested Books

  • MLA Handbook, 8th edition. The official print manual from the MLA. Call number: LB 2369 .G53 2016. Three copies available.

Suggested Websites


What's on the RPCC Library Shelves at the Gonzales Campus

Browse Resources on the Shelves by Call Number

  • HF 5717 to HF 5734.7 – Business communication; business writing.
  • P to PZ – Language and literature. A search in our catalog for specific authors, genres, etc., can locate such works as well as literary criticism and analyses that we may have in our collection.
    • PA – Greek and Latin languages and literature.
    • PE – English (language, grammar, and writing).
    • PN – Literature (General), including criticism, history, poetry, drama, and prose.
    • PR – English literature.
    • PS – American literature.

Suggested External Websites

Grammar, Composition, and Writing

Literature, Literary Analysis, and Criticism

  • The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, “contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing.”
  • The Internet Classics Archive, offers English translations of over 400 works of classical literature, from MIT.
  • Voices and Visions, a series of videos from Annenberg Learner on thirteen American poets..
  • Literature Study Guides, from SparkNotes, this free resource can be sorted alphabetically, by author or by title, and includes study guides on literature from the classics to contemporary writers. Other relevant study guides include Biography, Drama, Film, Poetry and Shakespeare.
  • Poets.org, from the Academy of American Poets, offers numerous resources on classic and contemporary poetry, poems searchable by title or poet, audio and video resources, interviews, bios, essays, and more. Not limited to American poets.
  • The Folger Shakespeare from Folger Shakespeare Library: A comprehensive digital collection of Shakespeare’s plays with an interactive interface.
  • The Short-Story: Specimens Illustrating Its Development, from Bartleby.com, offers “a selection of 23 short stories from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the Twentieth Century.”

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