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Cambridge Companions Complete Collection This link opens in a new window
Fulltext of Cambridge Companion books, with extensive, chapter-length essays.
MLA International Bibliography This link opens in a new window
Search MLA to find literary criticism, book reviews, & more.
ProQuest One Literature This link opens in a new window
Literary criticism, authors' biographies, reference resources with citations.
Library Catalog This link opens in a new window
A subset of Library Search that finds only materials owned by SMU Libraries, such as books, journals, movies, etc.
WorldCat This link opens in a new window
Find books, journals, and archival collections from libraries around the world. Request items through interlibrary loan. Great for English majors because many records include a book's table of contents.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Fulltext of the entire back issues of scholarly journals
Research Help by Topic
Research by era: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Age of Revolutions, Modern to Contemporary
Literature & Geographical Regions
American, British, Postcolonial, Southern, and Western lit
Literary Genres: Form
Novels, Plays & Drama, Poetry, Short Stories
Literary Genres: Theme
Crime & Mystery Fiction, Folk & Fairy Tales, Gothic & Horror Stories, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy Lit, and Environment & Ecology in Fiction
Literatures of different people: African & African American, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Hispanic & Latin American, Jewish, and Native American
Literatures of various groups: Women & Gender, LBGTQIA+, Disability, & Children
Literature & Creative Writing
Of particular use to those with creative writing specialization
Literature: Graduate & Advanced Studies
Additional resources, including digital humanities info, for advanced researchers, graduate students, & faculty members
Literature: Reference and More
Contains the odd database that may be of use, book reviews, dictionaries, finding biographical info, LC Call #s for literature, and MLA citation style help.
Oxford Bibliographies This link opens in a new window
Suggests the best scholarship across a wide variety of subjects. Includes: American Literature, British and Irish Literature, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Reformation, and Victorian Literature.
Oxford English Dictionary This link opens in a new window
The best English language dictionary, with historical usage & etymologies.