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.

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. Check WorldCat to discover what the entire universe of possible resources looks like for your topic. 
     
User Advisory:
  • Because this is such an enormous database you need to choose a "Limit Type to" before you begin. Most commonly you will be looking for "Books," "Visual Materials" (for example DVDs), or "Sound Recordings."
  • I recommend you avoid the "Author phrase," "Title phrase," and "Subject phrase" search fields and use "Author," "Title," or "Subject" instead. The "phrase" searches must be exact and are unforgiving.
  • If your topic is time-sensitive, try focusing on a recent time span under Year.
  • When you find an item you want you can request an interlibrary loan by opening the WorldCat record and clicking on "ILL (order via interlibrary loan)," which you'll find toward the top of the record under "External Resources." This will connect you to Ithaca College Library interlibrary loan, where you log in using your usual Netpass name and password. Logging in opens a form where all the identifying data will have automatically been transferred from the WorldCat record. All you have to do is click "Submit."

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Dr. Brian Saunders

Humanities Librarian
(607) 274-1198

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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

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