English Library Guide

    Reference Books in Shipman Library


    General and Terminology

    Andrews, William L. The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Oxford, 1997.

    Brackett, Virginia. The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry: 17th and 18th Centuries. Facts on File, 2008.

    Cox, Michael, ed.The Oxford Chronology of English Literature (2v.). REF PR 87 .O98 2002x

    Davidson, Cathy N. and Linda Wagner-Martin, ed. The Oxford Companion To Women's Writing in the United States. REF PS 147 .O94 1995

    Delahunty, Andrew, Sheila Dignen, and Penny Stock. The Oxford Dictionary of Allusions. REF PE 1580 .D45 2001

    Drabble, Margaret, ed. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. REF PR 19 .O94 2006

    Groden, Michael, Martin Kreiswirth and Imre Szeman, ed. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism. REF PN 81 .J554 2005

    Hamilton, Geoff. Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction. Facts on File, 2009.

    Hamilton, Ian. The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English. Oxford, 1994.

    Harmon, William. A Handbook to Literature. REF PN 41 .H355 2012

    Hart, James D., ed. The Oxford Companion to American Literature. REF PS 21 .H3 1995

    Hawthorn, Jeremy. A Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory. REF PN 44.5 .H37 2000

    Huang, Guiyou, ed. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature (3v.). REF PS 153 .A84 G74 2009

    Kastan, David Scott, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (5v.). REF PR 19 .O95 2006

    McArthur, Tom, ed. The Oxford Companion to the English Language. REF PE 31 .O94 1992y

    McClinton-Temple, Jennifer, ed. Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature (3v.). REF PR 19 .E53 2011

    Moss, Joyce and George Wilson. Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them (5v.). REF PN 50 .L574 1997

    Murfin, Ross C. The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. REF PN 44.5 .M86 1997

    Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia. REF PN 41 .B4 1996

    Murray, Chris, ed. Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism (2v.). REF PN 75 .E53 E53 1999

    Nelson, Emmanuel S., ed. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature (5v.). REF PS 153 .M56 G74 2005

    Oh, Seiwoong. Encyclopedia of Asian-American Literature. Facts on File, 2007.

    Ostrom, Hans and J. David Macey, Jr., ed.The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature (5v.). REF PS 153 .N5 G73 2005

    Parini, Jay, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (4v.). REF PS 21 .E537 2004

    Sage, Lorna. The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English. REF PR 111 .S24 1999

    Samuels, Wilfred D. Encyclopedia of African-American Literature. Facts on File, 2007.

    Sauer, Michelle M. The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600. Facts on File, 2008.

    Shaw, Harry. Dictionary of Literary Terms. REF PN 44.5 .S46

    Sousa Correa, Delia de. The Handbook to Literary Research. Routledge, 2010.

    Summers, Claude J., ed. The Gay & Lesbian Literary Heritage. REF PN 56 .H57 G365 2002

    Wiget, Andrew. Dictionary of Native American Literature. Garland, 1994.



    Contemporary Authors. REF Z 1224 .C63y

    Contemporary Literary Criticism. REF PN 771

    Dictionary of Literary Biography. REF PS 21 .D5

    Use the following source to locate author entries in any of the three sets noted above:

    Contemporary Authors Cumulative Index. REF Z 1224 .C65x 2009


    Indexes and Bibliographies

    Book Review Digest (1905-84). INDEX Z 1219 .C96

    MLA International Bibliography (1921-2000). INDEX Z 7006 .M64

    Shattock, Joan, ed. The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (v.4). REF Z 2011 .N45 1999

    Watson, George, ed. The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (5v). REF Z 2011 .B31x



    Barnhart, Cynthia A. The Facts on File Student's Dictionary of American English. Facts on File, 2008.

    Dalzell, Tom, ed. The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2v.). REF PE 3721 .P3 2006y

    Hendrickson, Robert. The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins. Facts on File, 2008.

    The Oxford English Dictionary.

    Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill's Essential American Slang Dictionary. McGraw-Hill, 2007.


    Grammar and Usage

    Fowler, H.W. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage. Oxford, 2009.

    Garner, Bryan A. Garner's Modern American Usage. REF PE 2827 .G37 2003

    Huddleston, Rodney and Geoffrey K. Pullum. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. REF PE 1106 .H74 2002

    Wilson, Kenneth G. Columbia Guide to Standard American English. Columbia, 1993.



    2020 Writer's Market. REF PN 161 .W83 2020

    Espy, Willard R. Words to Rhyme With. REF PE 1519 .E87 2001

    Lunsford, Andrea A. The Everyday Writer. REF PE 1408 .L86 2020

    MLA Handbook. REF LB 2369 .G53 2016

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