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Grammar, Composition, and Writing

Beyond the Frontier : Innovations in First-year Composition, 2015

English Grammar and Usage : Read Swiftly, Speak Fluently and Write Correctly, 2015.

Literature, Literary Analysis, and Criticism

Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed, 2006.

Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature, 2011


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

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

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

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Composition and Writing

Standard Deviants English Composition Series

Elements of Narratives

Literature and Literary Analysis

Literary Contexts: American Literature; this series looks at four classics of American Literature

Browse for more English language and literature videos from the Films on Demand database.

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.


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


The MLA Style Center, includes Works Cited: A Quick Guide, which gives examples using the new template of core elements, Formatting Your Research Project, with guidelines on margins, spacing, etc., and more.

What's New in the Ninth Edition of the MLA Handbook

KnightCite Citation Service for MLA 8th edition, from The Hekman Library at Calvin College is a handy fill-in-the-blank tool for creating citations for your Works Cited lists.

OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab, MLA Style, 8th Ed. Includes formatting, citation and works cited examples, and more.

MLA Style Introduction

MLA Documentation Guide from The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison; based on the 8th Edition.

Web Resources

Grammar, Composition, and Writing

OWL: Online Writing Lab, from Purdue University, offers resources to help with conducting research, writing, style manuals, grammar, and more.

UW-Madison Writer's Handbook provides advice on writing process and structure, grammar and punctuation, and more.

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., 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, offers “a selection of 23 short stories from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the Twentieth Century.”

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