English Language: Print, Web & Database Resources

English Language


James Murray at work editing the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, circa 1900.  Only the electronic version  of the OED continues to be revised: OED Online.

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English Language: Society & Culture

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     WorldCat  is a "union catalog" that allows you to search the holdings of over 10,000 libraries from accross the country and around the world. Check WorldCat to discover what the entire universe of possible resources looks like for your topic. 
User Advisory:
  • Because of the enormous size--over two billion items--and diversity of media acessible through WorldCat, I strongly recommend using the "Advanced Search," where you have several input fields and can set multiple search limits.
  • In addition to Author, Title, and Keyword, note that the drop down menus of search fields offer a Subject search, which can be very useful if you have a topic in mind rather than a particular item.
  • Format is the most useful limit to set. In such a large database it helps enormously to indicate whether you are searching for a book, a DVD, a CD, etc.
  • If your topic is time-sensitive, try focusing on a recent time span under Year.

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Brian Saunders

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Reference Resources

Web Resources

History of English

  • Early Modern English: A useful collection of links from Carol Percy at the University of Toronto.

Rhetoic & Composition

  • Bartleby.com Reference Collection: Full text access includes the American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, the American Heritage Book of English Usage, The Columbia Guide to Standard English, Fowler's The King's English, and Mencken's The American Language.
  • Common Errors in English: Devoted to common mistakes in word usage, especially terms confused with one another. Scroll down the home page for alphabetical index.

Best Bet Databases (journal articles)

Citation Help


MLA is the citation style used by most disciplines in the Humanities. The guides below use the latest 2008/9 standards.