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Research Guide: English




Title Author Call Number Book Cover
A Short Guide to Writing About Literature Barnet, S., R. Gilbert and W.E. Cain PE 1479 .C7B3 2004
Academic Writing: An Introduction Giltrow, Janet PE 1408 .G55864 2009
A Canadian Writer’s Guide Finnbogason, Jack PE 1408 .F45 2005
Learning English for Academic Purposes Williams, Julia PE 1129 .F7W52 2005
The Modern Novel: A Short Introduction Matz, Jesse PR 888 .M63M37 2004
The Short Story: A Critical Introduction Shaw, Valerie PN 3373 .S384 2011
A Glossary of Literary Terms Abrams, M. H. PN 41 .A184 2009
Writing Academic English Oshima, Alice PE 1408 .H6644 2006
A Method for Writing Essays About Literature Headrick, Paul PE 1479 .C7H3 2012

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These e-Books are available in the online library collection. Click the link to access the resource.

Title Author Publication Date Permalink
Academic Writing Strongman, Luke 2013 Link
Expand Your English: A Guide to Improving Your Academic Vocabulary Hart, Steve 2008 Link


These handbooks provide easy to digest information about topics covered within English.

MLA Handbook (2016) by Modern Language Association of America
Guidelines of the MLA style that can be applied to multiple sources. Can be found in library under call number LB 2369 .G53 2016.

English Grammar & Punctuation (2009) by Shelly Evans-Marshall
A concise review of the mechanics of the English language. Can be found online here.

Articles & Databases

Open Access Resources

Open access resources are resources that are available to everyone for free online. Links here will lead to sites where you can download textbooks or access journals related to English studies.


Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence by Amy Guptill
Writing in College assists well-prepared high school students as they transition to college writing. It can be found here.

Writing and Literature: Composition as Inquiry, Learning, Thinking, and Communication by Tanya Long Bennet
Writing and Literature connects students with works and exercises and promotes student learning that is timely and constructive. It can be found here.

Boundless Writing by Lumen Learning
Boundless Writing covers various chapters on writing from Writing Effective Paragraphs and Overview of English Grammar: Punctuation and Mechanics. It can be found here.

Open Access Journals

Other Resources

Merriam-Webster Dictionary/Thesaurus Online
Online dictionary for English word definitions, meanings, and pronunciation.

Project Guttenberg
A library of over 60,000 free eBooks.

How to Cite

Assignments written for English courses use the Modern Language Association (or MLA) rules for formatting. MLA handbooks are available for your reference in the library or at the Writing and Learning Centre. Online WLC guides can be found here. You can also book an appointment with the Writing and Learning Centre for workshops and one-on-one citation help.