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Research Guide: English


ENGL 098, ENGL 099, ENGL 100, ENGL 101, ENGL 102




The textbooks that follow represent the most current physical holdings available in the library for your particular course. This list, however, should not be considered exhaustive, so make sure to visit the library catalogue to explore the many other valuable resources that the library has to offer.


English 100 Library Resources Library Call Number
Barnet, S., R. Gilbert and W.E. Cain (2004) A Short Guide to Writing About Literature. 2nd Canadian ed. Pearson/Longman. PE 1479 .C7B3 2004
(2016) MLA Handbook . 8th ed. Modern Language Association of America. LB 2369 .G53 2016
Giltrow, J. (2009) Academic Writing: An Introduction. Broadview Press. PE 1408 .G55864 2009
Finnbogason, J. (2006) A Canadian Writer’s Guide. 3rd ed. Thomson Nelson. PE 1408 .F45 2005
Hodges, J.C., et al. (2003) Harbrace Handbook for Canadians. Thomson Nelson. PE 1112 .H6 2003
Williams, J. (2005) Learning English for Academic Purposes. Pearson Longman. PE 1129 .F7W52 2005
English 101 Library Resources Library Call Number
Charters, Ann (2011). The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 8th ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s. PN 6120.2 .S85 2011
Hawthorn, Jeremy (1997). Studying the Novel: An Introduction. 3th ed. Hodderline & Oxford. PN 3335 .H34 1997
Kershner, R.B. (1997). The Twentieth-Century Novel: An Introduction. Bedford. PN 3503 .K477 1997
Matz, Jesse (2004). The Modern Novel: A Short Introduction. Blackwell. PR 888 .M63M37 2004
Meyer, Michael (1995). Thinking and Writing About Literature. Bedford/St. Martin’s. PE 1479 .C7M49 1995
Shaw, Valerie (2011). The Short Story: A Critical Introduction. Longman. PN 3373 .S384 2011


English 102 Library Resources Library Call Number
Abrams, M. (2009) A Glossary of Literary Terms
PN 41 .A184 2009
Deutsch, B. (1974) Poetry Handbook: A Dictionary of Terms. PN 44.5 .D488 1974
McRae, J. (1998) The Language of Poetry. Routledge. PE 1421 .M39 1998
Schmidt, M. (1998) Lives of the Poets. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. PR 502 .S35 1999
Spurr, B. (1997) Studying Poetry. 2nd ed. Macmillan. PR 504.5 .S68 1997
Vendler, H. (2004) Poets Thinking: Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats. Harvard University Press. PR 502 .V465 2004


Subscription Articles and Databases

If your assignment is pointing you towards more specific research in your field, you’ll want to turn to Alexander College’s list of subscription databases to find journal articles for your studies. Here, you’ll be able to take your larger ideas and hone them down to develop a more pointed, argumentative essay based on current and relevant research in your field. Alexander College subscribes to a number of databases that contain hundreds of thousands of journal articles to this end; listed below are the databases that are relevant to your field. Remember that these resources are not exhaustive, and there are many more avenues to pursue your studies – though when turning to the web for research, make sure that you evaluate critically the sites that you’re planning on using to make sure that they’re suitable to include in your papers. For more information on what constitutes a scholarly, academic source and how to evaluate it, see the library page on Evaluating Online Resources.

Academic Search Premier
This scholarly resource contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Academic search premier provides unmatched full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion and theology, among other fields.

Canadian Publishers Index Quarterly
CPI.Q, or the Canadian Periodical Index, offers highly requested information with a Canadian focus. A very useful resource to students and teachers alike, CPI.Q contains a vast amount of Canadian and international periodicals, including Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail; Maclean’s weekly magazine; Canadian News Facts; and encyclopedic reference materials, such as the Canadian Parliamentary Guide and Canadian Newsmakers. This database boasts indexing of nearly 1,200 Canadian periodicals (English and French) with full-text articles from 550 Canadian periodicals. CPI.Q has excellent coverage on a broad range of subjects and showcases full text articles from 1983 to present

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre
This excellent collection of resources allows students subject driven access to a number of key topics related to current issues in Canadian culture and politics. Information is organized around point / counterpoint articles that allow for discovering the scholarly conversation relevant to each identified subject.

Canadian Reference Centre
This database includes Canadian periodicals and international periodicals in full text and full-text reference books. It also includes thousands of full-text biographies and an image collection of thousands of photos, maps and flags, including images from Canadian Press. Canadian Reference Centre is useful for research on Canada, and current events in Canada. It also has numerous sources for research on Canada’s international involvement. The database has over 66,000 full-text biographies, over 960,000 photos, maps and flags, and more than 86,000 images from the Canadian Press.

eBook Academic Collection
This database provides full-text access to over 79,000 academic texts and monographs, with its collections being updated consistently. Regardless of your discipline, here you will find appropriately scholarly resources suitable for inclusion in your academic papers. Citation formatting and exporting through email is also provided. This resource is also available as an iPhone app.

This database includes over 1.4 million journal articles, books, technical papers, policy papers, and other education-related materials. Many of these education journals are peer-reviewed. This database is a great source for Department of Education publications and conference papers, as well as materials related to current education topics.

JSTOR – Language and Literature Collection
This collection spans the literary cultures of many different countries and contains articles in several languages, including Arabic, Italian, and German; developed with the Modern Language Association.

Literature Resource Center
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

World Book
This subscription-based, comprehensive encyclopedia offers a suitably academic alternative to the commonly used and less reliable open-source online resources such as Wikipedia. World Book sets an academic standard for providing accuracy, objectivity, and reliability in research materials for students that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence while keeping pace with the technological developments that define the computer age. World Book is an industry leader in the production of award-winning encyclopedias, reference sources, and digital products for educational institutions.



Citation Guidelines for Writing in English

All essays written for English courses use the Modern Language Association (or MLA) rules for formatting. Updated links to MLA standards for typical sources can be found on the Citation Style Guides page. For a more comprehensive understanding of MLA citation, handbooks are available for your reference in the library.



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