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Core index for literature, folklore, language, linguistics, with good coverage of additional topics like film, music, and theater.
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Literature Resource Center (Periodical Content) (Gale Cengage)
Start here for a reliable introduction to your author! Home of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, a source for critical overview essays on most authors throughout history. Provided by NU Libraries.
Cambridge Histories Online
Valuable scholarly guides in all areas of literary history, including Cambridge Histories of African and Caribbean literature, American literature, English literature, Classical literature, European literature, and more. Provided by NU Libraries.
Oxford English Dictionary
Covers words from across the English-speaking world, tracing their origin and history, including earliest recorded usage, through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources. Provided by NU Libraries.
Full-text of major literary reference sources, including verse and fiction titles like Roget's Thesauri, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, the 1914 Oxford Shakespeare, and the 1907 Cambridge History of English & American Literature.