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Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

Scholarly Articles
  • MLA Bibliography
    Scholarly citations for works related to literary criticism, linguisitics, and language studies. Citations Only. 1963 to the present.
  • Project Muse
    Full-text journals from Johns Hopkins University Press, emphasizing humanities and social sciences. Provided by ELM: Electronic Library for Minnesota
    JSTOR allows Winona State full-text access to back issues over one hundred core scholarly journals, across a variety of disciplines. In the case of some journals, the run of back issues extends back to the 19th-Century. To prevent publishers from losing revenue, JSTOR uses what is called a "moving wall," which means it will always maintain a 2 to 5 year gap from its most recent holding to the present. It is possible to search JSTOR holdings, or to simply browse the journals by subject area.
  • WSU Library Firstsearch options
    WSU Library internal link to First search basic and complete. FirstSearch Complete has access to over 60 different databases available covering all areas of study. Includes: Dissertation Abstracts International, AHSearch, Econlit, PAIS, Humanities Index, Index to Legal Periodicals, and others. NOTE: For use of FirstSearch Complete, please see a librarian at the Reference Desk in the library.
American Literature and British Literature
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature
    Part of the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf. The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature includes over 350 entries covering the history of American Literature from the 1600s to the present day. It includes entries on poets, playwrights, essayists and novelists, as well as information on literary movements, periods, and themes.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature
    Part of the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf. The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature includes over 500 entries covering the history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It also includes information on individual authors and information on themes, movements, genres, and instiutions.
  • Evans Digital
    Primary historical sources. Evans Digital incorporates Early American Imprints, Series I, a collection of works of early American history, literature, philosophy, religion and more. Scanning still in progress.
Renaissance and Medieval Studies
  • World Shakespeare Bibliography
    Provides annotated entries for all books, articles, dissertations, etc. related to Shakespeare and published or produced between 1966 and the present.
  • Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
    Part of the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf. The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages includes over 3,000 entries on all aspects of the period from the fifth to the fifteenth century. It covers such topics as art, architecture, religion, law, language, philosophy, as well as cultural, religious, intellectual, and social history.
  • Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance
    Part of the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf. The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance includes over 4,000 entries that provide information about all aspects of the Renaissance from the 14th century to the 17th century Europe. Topics that it covers are: art, literature, science, culture, philosophy, religion, economics, and history.
Internet Links for English
For resources available on the World Wide Web, try the links on the Internet Links for English web page.

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