Resources for Literary Study

The following is a list of resources for students in English, and moves from English studies in general to literary studies and finally to Romanticism. I try to keep the links updated, but  if you find that one has gone dead or moved, you can probably find its new location with a quick web search. Some resources, like the OED, are only accessible through a campus network or a proxy server. If you are off-campus, you can log into the Waterloo proxy server at the library’s “Connect from Home” page.

Dictionaries and Glossaries

General Resource Pages

General Databases

  • MLA International Bibliography (via Waterloo proxy; requires log-in), database for searching for critical works on any topic by keyword.
  • Hathi Trust, massive, fully searchable, collaborative digital repository (some features only available to institutional partners)
  • Google Books: Advanced Search, allows searching for full-text books between specific dates; will return full text for many pre-1900 works, and searchable partial text for many in-copyright works.
  • Representative Poetry Online, online poetry texts at the University of Toronto.
  • Women Writers Project, project at Northeastern University

The Romantic Era: General Resources

Databases and Electronic Editions (18th-19th Century Literature and Culture)

Ballad Studies, Poetry, and Song



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