English Language: Print & Web 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.

IC Library Print & Multimedia

English Language: Society & Culture

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     WorldCat (via FirstSearch)  is a "union catalog" that allows you to search the holdings of over 10,000 libraries from accross the country and around the world: over 41 million items. Check WorldCat to discover what the entire universe of possible resources looks like for your topic. 
     Note that upon opening any record there will be an "ILL Order" link that gives you direct entry into IC's interlibrary loan form (when you sign in--IC e-mail user name/password--the form will already be populated with both item identification data and your personal contact info).

User Advisory:
  • At the search interface begain by scrolling down and changing the default "Rank by" setting to "Date"--this will display your retrievals in reverse chronological order with the newest first.
  • This is such a large database that you should set a "Limit Type" to "Books" or "Visual Materials" or whatever you are specifically interested in finding.
  • When using a Subject search--advisable in such a large database--choose the looser "Subject" search rather than "Subject Phrase"--which requires an often frustrating exactitude.

Contact Us

Picture: Brian Saunders
Humanities Librarian
(607) 274-1198

Reference Resources

Web Resources

History of English

  • Words in English: Good collection of English resources from Suzanne Kemmer at Rice University. Use the drop-down menus along the top to navigate, beginning with "History."
  • The History of English Podcast--I've linked here to the list of episodes.
  • Middle English Dictionary: From the University of Michigan--the biggest, one of the best, and all electronically searchable.
  • 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.

Citation Help

Noodlebib

Noodlebib guides you through the required data entry for citation in the MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian styles. It takes care of punctuation, alphabetization and formatting, producing a polished source list for import into Word.

MLA

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