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Literature Collection

Collection of free literature online.

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Literature Network

Searchable online literature

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Searchable online literature.
Luminarium Anthology of English Literature

Anthology of English literature updated in 2007.

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Nobel Prize in Literature

Official website for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Writing Help

Citation and Bibliography Help

Vetted & reliable tools collected by Randall Library.

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Writing Services

The Writing Center in the University Learning Center is located on the first floor of DePaolo Hall (DE 1003).

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Read&Write Gold

Free to UNCW faculty, staff, and students, Read&Write Gold is "a flexible literacy software solution that can help readers and writers...access support tools needed to reach their potential, build confidence and independence and succeed."

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Welcome to the English Guide

Recommended Databases

Looking for liiterary criticism, research, and articles on a topic related to English?  Try searching in the recommended databases listed below.

MLA International Bibliography

Subjects within the MLA International Bibliography consist of literature, language and linguistics, creative writing, English, folklore, film, foreign languages and literatures, literary theory & criticism, theatre, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included.

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Scholarly journals in anthropology, art, art history, communication studies, criminology, ecology, economics, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, geography, geology, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, public and international affairs, religion, social work, sociology, statistics, theatre, and other humanities and social sciences. 

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Oxford Journals

Collections cover Life Sciences, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Humanities, Social Work, Sociology, English, Creative Writing, Criminology, and Law, and include some of the most authoritative journals in their fields.

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Project MUSE

Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, to high quality humanities, arts, art history, creative writing, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, history, religion, theatre, and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.

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Wiley Online Library

A multidisciplinary collection of academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, social work, sociology, English, computer sciences, creative writing, engineering, psychology, law and criminology, life sciences, and business.

Note: UNCW only has access to selected content, mostly journals, in Wiley. Look for the unlocked or free icons  lock iconsto identify content available to UNCW.

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Gale Literary Sources

Presents industry-leading literature content, including criticism, biographies, reference articles, reviews, primary sources, plot analysis, explication, and multimedia. Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Searches across Gale Virtual Reference Library, Literature Criticism Online and Something About the Author Online.

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Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

CLCD (Children's Literature Comprehensive Database) is the premier single-source, single-search provider of online information to help educators and librarians find just the right books to meet their educational and collection management requirements. CLCD provides over 2.1 million Children's and Young Adult Literature records containing more than 500,000 professional reviews of children's books, multimedia and audio books (aggregated from 42 sources).

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ProQuest Learning: Literature

Full-text works of poetry, prose and drama, and secondary sources such as author biographies, literary criticisms, essays, reviews and interviews. Designed with schools and public libraries in mind.

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History Study Center

A collection of primary and secondary sources on global history from ancient times to the present day. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images and video clips. 

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NoveList Plus

A readers’ advisory resource that uses appeal factors and expert reviews to offer read-alike and listen-alike recommendations for fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks.

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Recommended Databases for Full Text and Video

See below for databases that contain full text poems, novels, and videos.

African-American Poetry

Contains nearly 3,000 poems from African-American poets in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

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African-American Poetry (20th Century)

Contains nearly 9,000 poems from African American poets of the 20th century.

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English Poetry

Over 160,000 English poems.

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English Poetry (20th Century)

600 volumes of poetry by 283 poets.

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Early English Books Online

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War. Access includes Thomason Tracts and Early English Books Tract Supplement.

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Faber Poetry Library

Poets of the twentieth century.

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American Poetry

Over 40,000 poems by American poets from the Colonial Period to the early 20th century.

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American Poetry (20th Century)

50,000 poems by American poets from the early 20th century to the present.

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Ambrose Digital Video

Includes The BBC Shakespeare Plays. Videos can be embedded into Blackboard. All videos are 100% closed captioned, and closed captioned searchable, and allow for unlimited simultaneous use.

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Humanities Librarian/Lecturer
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