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Reference

Reference Sources

Britannica Academic
The classic general encyclopedia, a good starting point for all kinds of research. Also includes the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesuarus, links to the BBC and New York Times for current news, a world atlas, and a quotation dictionary.

Contemporary Literary Criticism
Full-text critical essays reprinted from scholarly journals on the works of primarily English-language contemporary literary authors.

Literature Resource Center

Reference material, including Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism and the Dictionaries of Literary Biography from Gale; the Twayne's Author series; MLA Bibliography; and the Scribners Writers series.A large collection of literature reference material, including Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism and the Dictionaries of Literary Biography from Gale; the Twayne's Author series; MLA Bibliography; and the Scribners Writers series.

Oxford English Dictionary
Online version of the OED, irreplaceable for word definitions, usage, and etymologies.

Oxford Reference Online
Full text entries from over 100 Oxford University Press subject dictionaries, guides, and concise companions, including several foreign language dictionaries.