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RESOURCES FOR ENGLISH 300Q

Reference Sources

Main Reference contains bibliographies, biographies, lists, and guides to genres, periods, and authors.  Please consult with Harriett Green, the English and Digital Humanities Librarian, if you need resources from here.

UIUC Library Catalog

The UIUC Library's collections are organized according to both Library of Congress Classification and Dewey Decimal Classification. The Literatures and Languages Library uses LOC classification, which you can read more about here. Access to the Library catalog is through the sidebar link on the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

Subject Headings

When a book is published, libraries assign it subject headings from a standardized list.  This makes it easier for you feel confident that all books on a certain topic are listed under the same heading.  Once you find a good subject heading, you can find several books on your topic.  You can find subject headings in the online catalog by:

Here are some examples of Subject Headings:

Journal Article Indexes

The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) indexes scholarly criticism found in monographs, journal articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, collections of essays and doctoral dissertations. The subject areas ABELL covers include poetry, prose, fiction, films, biography, travel writing, literary theory and studies of individual authors. Available online at the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

MLA International Bibliography indexes articles from over 3,000 scholarly journals, theses, proceedings, and books on literature, language and folklore. Its coverage of books and theses is not as comprehensive as it is for journal articles. Covers 1963-present. Available online at the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

Project Muse provides searchable access to the full-text of over one hundred scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. Available online at the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

JSTOR provides searchable access to the full-image backfile of the core scholarly journals in many disciplines, including literature and history. Available online at the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

Specialized Resources

WorldCat is the mass catalog that combines the catalogs of thousands of libraries around the world. Supports direct interlibrary loan. Access on the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

Digital Dissertations contains listings for every dissertation published in the United States and Canada since 1861. Nearly all dissertations published since 1997 are available for free download. Available online at the Literatures and Languages Library homepage.

Bibliographic Citation Management

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management system that is free for all UIUC students, faculty, and staff to use. For instructions on how to use RefWorks, please visit the Library's main RefWorks page and further assistance is available on the RefWorks FAQ page.  RefWorks is accessed through Online Journals & Databases.

Evaluating Web Resources

The Duke Libraries Guide to Library Research guides students through the final part of the research process and stresses the importance of properly citing resources to avoid plagiarism. It also offers strategies for assembling a list of resources and tips to avoid plagiarism.

Getting Help

To get more help, you can call Harriett Green, the English and Digital Humanities Librarian, at 333-4942, email her at green19@illinois.edu, or stop by the Literatures and Languages Library, 225 Main Library (at the east end of the reading room in the Main Library).

For general research assistance, you can also visit the Ask A Librarian webpage for research and reference assistance via telephone, email, and electronic chat.